Joe Anne Burke, known best by her friends as “Mama Joe” passed away March 17 at Renown Medical Center.

She was born in Arkansas on Oct. 17, 1935.

Mama Joe moved to Hawthorne in 1983. She was a nurse’s aide at Mt. Grant Medical Center, enjoyed sewing and collected anything to do with elephants.

She leaves behind, a son Jessie L. Morns of Bellville, Ill.; two daughters, E. Diann Larque of Norman, Okla. and Marie Ellen Saxon of Hawthorne; three grandchildren: Shania Diann of Hawthorne and Jake and Amanda of Bellville, Ill. and many friends here in Hawthorne who loved her dearly and will miss her very much.