Funeral services for Ada Burris, 91 year old long time Buffalo resident who passed away Monday afternoon at the Amie Holt Care Center in Buffalo, will be held Friday, February 15th at 10:00 a.m. from the Adams Funeral Home Chapel in Buffalo with Father Doug Wasserman officiating. Burial will be in Willow Grove Cemetery with graveside services to follow the funeral. Donations in Ada’s name may be made to the Amie Holt Care Center in care of the Adams Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo.
Ada M. Burris was born on February 5, 1922 in Sheridan, Wyoming to Lora and Ila (Gentry) Walthall. Both her parents were from English immigrant families that came to Virginia in the 1600’s from London. Ada grew up in Sheridan and graduated from Sheridan High School . While in high school she attended a dance in Banner and met the love of her life, Clarence “Duney”Burris who found love at first sight with Ada. After high school they were married on October 8, 1939 and for a short time lived in Buffalo where Duney worked for Jack Meldrum at the Texaco Station located at Fort and Main. As a young newlywed Ada was proud to be a working wife and worked for a dollar a day at Morrison’s Laundry by the bridge on Lobban Street. During WWII Duney and Ada moved to Vancouver, Washington to work for the war effort building air craft carriers at the Kaiser Shipyards. For the rest of their lives, they loved telling stories about Duney operating a huge crane and Ada working as a riveter in fabricating duct work for the huge ships. They worked hard, saved their money and after the war ended they returned to Buffalo to buy the Conoco Service Station at 178 N. Main. They later purchased the Conoco Bulk Plant and operated both businesses for the next 45 years with Ada being the bookkeeper. She also worked in the afternoons as a clerk at the Suzanne Shop on Main Street and later as a bookkeeper for the New York Store, also on Main Street. Duney passed away suddenly in November of 1991 and Ada sold the Conoco Station and continued living in Buffalo until the time of her death. Since early 2010, she has been a resident of the Amie Holt Care Center .
Ada and Duney loved to travel by car and over the years visited all parts of the United States and many National Parks, even driving all the way from Buffalo to Key West, FLA in 1949. They loved to water ski at Lake DeSmet, and Ada was a dare devil as she would jump off the dock on a slalom ski yelling "hit it!" to the boat driver. And they could dance! Those were the days of live music at the American Legion Club or the Elks in Sheridan or The Maverick, or Lodore in Story. In 1978 they went on a European tour as invited participants in a Continental Oil conference, visiting many countries and attractions.
In later years, Ada became a great bridge player, and enjoyed reading, crocheting and cooking pies. At age 75 she toured Northern Italy with her daughter and son-in-law.
She is survived by one daughter, Janette “Kuksie” McCain; one sister, one brother and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one daughter, Suzie Burris, her son-in-law Kent McCain, and eight siblings.