Patricia Diann Burden Pat passed away on 1 January 2018. She was born on 17 March 1948 in Vallejo, Ca, the daughter of Johnny C. and Thelma Louise Summers. The Family moved to Avondale 50. In her Pre- and Teen-age years, Pat gained notoriety as a State Champion Roller Skate Dance competitor. Pat attended Agua Fria High School, graduating in 1966. She completed Cosmetology training and by the age of 24 operated two independently owned Beauty Salons. She changed career paths and entered the Mortgage and Real Estate Industry expanding her talents rapidly. After seasoning as a Sales Associate, she became a Branch Manager with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and has remained in that position until her untimely passing. Holding many different board positions in the Real Estate Industry, at both the County and State level organizations, Pat influenced policy and growth throughout the State of Arizona. As a strong and independent leader, she successfully raised four sons and three surrogate daughters. In 2009 Pat married John Burden and a new adventure began. Pat, in supporting John's passion for helping needy veterans, also gained a special place in her heart for this cause. She joined the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary organization and quickly moved to become the Senior Vice Commander for the State of Arizona overseeing programs for 55,000 disabled veterans and family members. Under John's tutelage, Pat supported John's other passion - pocket billiards and willingly stepped forward when they needed someone to "throw under the bus". Pat has three sons living in the Valley of the Sun; Roger J.Nolan, Jr.(Kim), William J. Nolan (Cherie) and Justin S.Morgan(Shelliann); step-children: Deana Burden, Roberta J. Fracassi (Paul) and John W. Burden (Ashley); 11 Grandchildren and seven Great Grandchildren. Her Father Johnny Summers, Mother Thelma Louise Summers, brother Courtney Summers and Son Joshua Morgan preceded her in death. Memorials may be made to the DAVA, Unit 24 through DAV HQ, 38 W Dunlap Ave, Phoenix, Az 85021. Services were held at 1:00 pm, 18 January 2018 at Christ Church of the Valley, Surprise. A Reception will follow at Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 20, located at 8447 N 61st Ave, Glendale Az, 85302.
Published on  January 24, 2018