Saturday, March 6, 2010

Alison Bard Burnett passed away

Hello this is Martine,

We are very sad.

Betty MacDonald's brilliant sister Alison Bard Burnett passed away.

Wolfgang Hampel, author of the Betty MacDonald Biography and winner of the first Betty MacDonald Memorial Award founded Betty MacDonald Fan Club and Society in 1983.
That's what Wolfgang Hampel wrote about his experiences with unique Alison Bard Burnett.

Alison Bard Burnett
(June 25, 1920 - December 23, 2009)

I met Alison Bard Burnett in Seattle and we had such a great time. She told the most interesting and very funny treasure stories about her family especially her famous sisters Betty MacDonald and Mary Bard.

We visited all the places, the house in the University District, Roosevelt High School and the house in Laurelhurst where Alison was born 6 months after her father Darsie Bard died.

I won't ever forget it because it was such a wonderful experience to meet this great lady! How we drove with Alison's VW through Seattle. She was full of life and so very, very witty!

Thanks A Million dear Alison! You are always in my heart!!

All my love to you and your wonderful family!

Wolfgang Hampel

Burnett, Alison Bard Wednesday, 23 Dec 2009
Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber Vashon-Maury Island, WA

Alison Bard Burnett born June 25, 1920 at the family home in Laurelhurst, Washington and passed away December 23rd at Vashon Community Care Center where she had resided for the past four years.
Alison, her first husband Frank Sugia and their infant son Darsie moved to Vashon in 1943 following her sister Betty MacDonald’s move to the Island the previous year. Sugia and Alison divorced following the birth of their second son Bard in 1945. Alison married Bernard Beck in 1946 and their daughter Alison was born in 1948. The family moved to Mercer Island in the late 1950s where Alison began a long career in real-estate sales. In the mid 1960s Alison divorced Beck and in the early 1970’s married William Burnett. They resided in Kailua Kona, Hawaii, Scottsdale, Arizona and Kirkland, Washington where Burnett died in 1978 of pancreatic cancer. Alison joined the Ballard office of Windermere real estate in the mid 1980s and was later part of an effort to bring Windermere Real Estate to Vashon Island.
Alison loved to entertain, was a passionate gardener, fabulous cook, talented decorator, and a gifted writer. She loved music, especially jazz, and was a wonderful dancer. She loved dogs and was a fierce champion of fairness. She will be best remembered for her warmth, generosity and infectious laughter.
Alison is survived by her children Darsie, Bard and Alison, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
The family wishes to thank Providence Mt. St. Vincent and especially the Skilled Nursing Staff at Vashon Community Care Center for their wonderful loving care of Alison.
A private memorial service for Alison will be held in the spring.

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