Della Jane Burklow

Nov 17th, 1942 - Sep 12th, 2021


Blue Funeral Home (Marion)

Thu, Sep. 16th, 2021 5pm-8pm


Blue Funeral Home (Marion)

Fri, Sep. 17th, 2021 11am

Della Jane Burklow

Della Jane Burklow, 78, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, September 12, 2021 at The Anchor in Marion.

Della was born on November 17, 1942 in Marion to Lindolph Paul and Hilda Louise (Gower) Borum.  She married Lester Lee Burklow on August 27, 1960 in Jonesboro.

Della was a caring person who had a servant’s heart and enjoyed taking care of others, especially her grandchildren.  She was a long-time member of Victory Baptist Church in Carterville.  Della enjoyed listening to gospel music, gardening, tending to her flowers and loved spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include:

Husband-Lester Burklow

Son-Jason Scott Burklow (Keri Lynn)

Daughter-Melissa Dawn McMurtry (Danny)


Jalynn Nicole Burklow

Dustin Ray McMurtry

Madalyn Grace McMurtry

Sister-Deborah Sue Gaston

Brother-David Gene Borum (Vicky)

She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Donald Borum.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 17, 2021 at 11am at Blue Funeral Home in Marion with Rev. Tony Edmunds and Rev. Glenn Aulgur officiating.  Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will be on Thursday from 5pm-8pm at the funeral and again on Friday from 10am until the time of service at the funeral home.

Due to health concerns related to the COVID-19 virus, and the executive order by the Governor of Illinois, those attending the visitation and the funeral service are asked to follow social distancing guidelines and wear a face mask.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or the Disabled Veterans and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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9 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Janel Chamness

    From: Johnston City, Illinois

    Date: September 14, 2021

    Continued hugs and prayers for you! Much love!

  • Guest: Andra Collier

    From: Heber springs, Arkansas

    Date: September 14, 2021

    Our love and prayers go out to you Lester and the family. We love you all so much. We know she is in the arms of Jesus. Della was a wonderful Godly lady and dear friend. Love you all

  • Guest: Rita Monroe

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: September 14, 2021

    I am so sorry to hear this! Mrs Burkow was the parent of two of my favorite students, Melissa and Jason. I can only believe that they were so sweet and kind because of their parents; especially, their mom. What a wonderful person and Christian! May you Rest In Peace, sweet lady!

  • Guest: Donna Sue Burklow -Williams

    From: Greenville, South Carolina

    Date: September 15, 2021

    My thoughts and prayers are with you uncle Lester, Missy, Jason, and all family members. We have lost a beautiful and strong christian woman but heaven needed it’s angel back. My aunt Della was a godly woman and served our Father with great humility. I have no doubt she has been told well done my good and faithful servant. I pray the lord will keep ya’ll in the days to come with strength and guidance. Love Ya’ll very much. God bless.

  • Guest: Khara Kelly

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: September 15, 2021

    Della was one of the most precious people you will ever meet. She was always smiling and willing to help anyone!! Her family was and is truly blessed!!

  • Guest: Judy (Browning) Chamness

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: September 15, 2021

    So sorry to hear this, she was such a sweet lady. I went to school with her and Lester. Prayers for her family.

  • Guest: Cathy Gorden

    From: Olney, Illinois

    Date: September 16, 2021

    So sorry for your loss! Della was such a lovely person! She must be even now singing with the angels!🙏

  • Guest: Tabatha Colson

    From: Johnston City, Illinois

    Date: September 16, 2021

    Continued prayers for the family.

  • Guest: Babe & Lowell Hoover

    From: Carterville , Illinois

    Date: September 17, 2021

    I am sure she is sitting next to mom now.

    Love you all

    Babe & Lowell Hoover