Nellie Elizabeth Burnham, 92, of Roscoe, New York, passed away at A.O. Fox Hospital in Oneonta on Friday, December 24, 2021 from natural causes. Born July 22, 1929 in Binghamton, New York, she was the daughter of the late Irving and Marjorie Burnham of Cooks Falls, New York.
Nellie graduated from Roscoe Central School in 1947 and then attended Cornell University, earning a BS in 1951, and a Masters from the University of the State of New York at Oneonta. Nellie taught Home Economics in several schools in New York State, including many years at Roscoe Central School. She was an accomplished weaver, author of weaving designs, and a founding member of The Woodland Weavers’ & Spinners’ Guild. She taught many workshops and classes. Nellie was also a member of the Retired Teachers of Sullivan County, a Charter Member of Alpha Delta Kappa Honorary Women’s Teaching Sorority, and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Nellie inherited the family papers from her great grandmother Mary D. Burnham related to her life and work with Native Americans. These papers have been donated to Yale University and St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Oklahoma City, OK.
Nellie is survived by her brother Richard Burnham of Washington, DC and her beloved nephews and nieces, Derek Burnham (Wellesley, MA), John Burnham (Austin, TX), Donna Siegel (Kingston, NY) and Helen Burnham (Providence, RI).
A memorial service for Nellie Burnham will be held in the Spring. The Harris Funeral Home in Roscoe will provide service information at the appropriate time.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Harris Funeral Home, Railroad Ave. Roscoe, NY 607-498-4929 or 845-439-5200 www.Harris-FH.com
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