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Mary Louise Cavanaugh Burt

A Mass of Christian Burial for Mary Louise Cavanaugh Burt was held Jan. 13, 2024, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Bassfield, with interment following in St. James Cemetery. Father Thomasz Golab officiated. Mrs. Burt, 82, entered into the eternal rest of her Lord Jan. 7 at the Jefferson Davis Extended Care Facility in Prentiss. Saulters Moore Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements.

Mrs. Burt was born on Feb. 18, 1941, in Marion County to James Bernard and Mary Elizabeth Kirby Cavanaugh. Louise grew up in Bassfield and graduated from Bassfield High School in 1958. A few years after their marriage, she and her husband settled in Silver Creek over 50 years ago and raised their family there. She was a faithful member of St. Peter Catholic Church in Bassfield.

Mrs. Burt’s love for her family was immeasurable, and her dedication was unmatched; she truly embodied what it meant to be a devoted wife and mother. Her husband relates that he has countless memories of Louise waking up at 2 a.m. to prepare breakfast for him whenever he had shift work at the paper mill. Their marriage spanned over 58 years, and their love and devotion remained steadfast even during the last years of Louise’s declining health.

The young Louise Cavanaugh (Burt) took home economics class while a student at Bassfield High School, where she learned to sew and, from there, perfected her talent over the next many years. Her daughters have fond memories of going with their mother to the TWL store in Monticello to select fabrics for their different outfits. Seemingly, she could create anything on a sewing machine. From band uniforms to cheerleader outfits, countless people have been the fortunate recipient of this gracious lady and her skill as a seamstress.

One of her greatest joys came from visiting the Great Smoky Mountains, particularly during mid-December when she could marvel at the beauty of Cades Cove and watch deer in their natural habitat. Beyond being an incredible wife and mother, Mrs. Burt also possessed exceptional skills in the kitchen. She was renowned for the delicious meals she prepared with love and care. Her Chicken and Dumplings were legendary among family and friends alike; as was her Rum Cake. Gatherings around her table were filled with warmth, laughter, and abundant joy.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Burt was preceded in death by her brothers, George, Barney, Maurice, and Lawrence Cavanaugh; as well as her sister, Christine Cavanaugh, and an infant sibling.

Her memory will forever be cherished by her devoted husband of 58 years, Davis T. Burt, of Silver Creek; her daughters, Lana (Frank) Sturgon, of Puckett, and Debbie (Michael) Yakstis, of Brandon; her sister, Dorothy Ann Divine, of Canton; and a brother, Johnny Cavanaugh, of Olo. Her legacy will also live on through her grandchildren, Erynn Sturgon, Thomas Sturgon, and Maggie Yakstis.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.