Odessa (Dessa) Bullinger-Burns, 75, of Arlington, and recently Joplin, fought ovarian cancer since diagnosed in October, 2012. God saw her struggle and the pain and took her with him Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013.
Born in Hollis, Okla, June 9, 1938, Dessa was the youngest child of Charlie (Chalk) and Evelyn Hooks. She was overwhelmingly loved by her family and friends. An energy-packed powerhouse that knew how, or would figure out how, to do anything she set her mind to. She loved people, could talk with anyone, and often made a new friend while speaking with someone who had just been a stranger.
She loved camping, fishing and the occasional gambling trip. An awesome cook that could master any recipe, she leaned toward desserts, particularly if they were chocolate. She adored animals, and over the years, had literally hundreds, but she was always partial to her dogs. There were always at least two in her home at any given time.
She enjoyed working around her place before moving to Arlington with her daughter. She read and listened to sci-fi, horror, mystery and thrillers, and loved to watch the same type of shows. Her greatest happiness was spending time with her family and friends.
Dessa was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Paul E. Burns.
She is survived by her daughter, Toni D. Anderson; her sister, Chloetta Allison and her family; nieces; great nieces and nephews; and her stepsons Don and Ron Burns.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, at Coker Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksboro, with Bro.
B.J. Nunley officiating.
She will be greatly missed but will be watching over us and will always be with us in our hearts and minds.