By The Mercury

Burnice Colbert, 70, of Junction City, died Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at her home surrounded by her loving family. Her last spoken words were of a heavenly language, the family said.

Burnice was born on March 21, 1944, in Marion, Ark., to John Henry Evans and Bernia Ward. Burnice came to Junction City in 1952 at the age of 8 years-old. She went to school in Junction City and worked on a farm at the age of 14 years-old to help provide for the family.

Grandma grew up and met then-married Herman Gene Colbert in Dec. of 1963. With that union seven children were born: Sylvester, Maria, Elizabeth, Raymond, Cynthia, Timothy and Thurmond.

Her work included the Ramada Inn as a cook, the Hanson Nursing Home as a cook and she also had odds and ends jobs. In her later years she became involved in home health. She enjoyed helping others.

In March of 1974 at 30 years-old, she received the Holy Ghost in the barracks building.

Burnice lost her son Sylvester in 1985 and in 1993 she lost the love of her life and best friend, Herman Colbert. In 2006 she lost her mother, her son Timothy and grandson all in the same year.

On Dec. 31, 2013, she faced her biggest battle, which was fought for seven months till the very end.

Burnice leaves behind her children, Maria Gardener (Willie), Elizabeth Whetstone (Anthony), Raymond Colbert (Regina), Cynthia Ajogbor (Michael) and Thurmond Colbert and her brothers and sisters, Ivory, Fanny Mae, J Ward, Vivian, Carl, Betty and Brenda and a host of loving grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 21, 2014, at the Faith Tabernacle Church with Pastor Nathan Dudley officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to service time at the church. Burial will follow the service at Highland Cemetery.

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