Rayma Lee Daniel Burger passed away at Mercy Hospital Sept. 7, 2022.

She arrived Feb. 16, 1931 in Mt Vernon as the firstborn and only daughter to Raymond E. and Maydelle Daniel.  She was proud to be born and raised in Mt. Vernon.  She maintained her ties to the community by being a loyal, lifetime member of the Mt Vernon Alumni Association.  Following graduation in 1949, she continued her education at Southwest Missouri State College, now known as Missouri State University.  She served as a President of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and as Assistant Editor for The Ozarko yearbook.  Shortly after receiving her bachelor’s degree she married  Donald Burger.

After starting their family in Stillwater, Okla., several moves and several children later they returned to the Springfield area where she remained until her death.  Through the years, she was a proud mother to five children, grandmother to seven and great-grandmother to five.

She spent many years along with Don investing in Real Estate, owning and operating the State and Seville Hotels in downtown Springfield.  She also enjoyed her employment with several businesses and organizations in Springfield; Girl Scouts of America, The Little Theatre, The Daniel Company (the family business started by her father), SMS Residence Life, as well as the Taylor Health Center.

She was preceded in death by her eldest daughter Kathryn Burger Smith, her parents R.E. and Maydelle Daniel and her former husband, Donald.  She is survived by children, Raymond A. Burger and Susan Scherk of Mashpee, Mass., Judith Burger of Springfield, daughter Leslie Keiser (Steve) of Springfield and Nancy Dietrich of Pensacola, Fla.  
Donations may be made payable to MVHS Foundation, C/O Mid Missouri Bank, P.O.  Box 42, Mt Vernon, MO  65712.    These contributions will benefit The Daniel Fund Scholarship.         
A service to remember and celebrate life will be held at 1 p.m.  Saturday, Sept 24, 2022,  at the Rivermonte Klinger Cope Chapel.


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