Burrus, Sylvia

Sylvia Rayvel Burrus

September 12, 1939 - January 6, 2022

Sylvia Rayvel Burrus of McKinney, Texas passed away on January 6, 2022 at the age of 82. She was born on September 12, 1939 to Raymond Lee and Velma Lillian (Sorrells) Moseley in Colorado City, Texas. Rayvel married Dr. Jack Sanford Burrus on June 3, 1961 in Colorado City, Texas. She was a member of First Christian Church of McKinney.

Rayvel graduated from high school in Colorado City in 1957. She then attended Texas Tech University where she met Sanford, and they fell in love. After attending Texas Tech, she moved to Dallas, Texas for Sanford to attend Baylor University College of Dentistry. She then trained and became a registered medical technologist and worked at Baylor University Hospital.

Following Sanford’s graduation from dental school, they moved to New London, Connecticut, where Sanford was stationed at the U.S. Navy submarine base. After serving two years in the Navy, they returned to McKinney, Sanford’s hometown. Rayvel started her family and lived for the next 55 years in McKinney. She was a homemaker and stay-at-home mom until her youngest child was school age. She then became the office manager for Sanford’s dental practice until their retirement in 2004.

Rayvel was active in the McKinney community as a Boy Scouts den mother, deaconess in the church, garden club member, and long-time member of the Jean D’Arc Literary Club. In addition, she fully participated in and supported all of her children’s school and extracurricular activities. She was an avid reader of everything from mysteries and religious texts to non-fiction and Danielle Steel novels.

She and Sanford had been part of a supper club that has lasted decades and counts many of its members as her closest friends. She perhaps enjoyed nothing more than traveling the world with Sanford and their kids and completed too many cruises to count.

She was a generous supporter of various charities and causes, including the First Christian Church of McKinney, American Parkinson Disease Association, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, ALS Association, Meals on Wheels, Toys for Tots, and others.

She is survived by her daughter, Michelle Weiner and husband Dr. Richard Weiner of Dallas, Texas; son, Matthew Burrus and husband, Michael Pearce of Houston, Texas; grandchildren, Brandon Fuller, Estelle Burrus- Pearce, Winston Burrus-Pearce, Elizabeth Burrus and Emma Burrus; brothers, Richard Moseley and Ronnie Moseley and wife Robi Moseley; and numerous other loving family and friends.

After nearly 56 years of marriage, Rayvel was preceded in death by her husband in 2017. She was also preceded in death by her parents; and son, Charles Michael Burrus in 2001.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Allen, Texas. The service will be livestreamed at https://celebrationoflife.tv/blog/sylvia-rayvel-burrus.  After the service, the recorded livestream will be available for viewing at the same link. 

Interment will follow at Pecan Grove Cemetery in McKinney, Texas, where she will be buried next to her husband. The family will receive friends during a visitation on Tuesday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Our sincere sympathy and prayers for the Burrus Family. We have many great memories through the years. May your faith in God bring you comfort and peace. Earl, Lena, Holly and Morgan Milstead Lena Milstead, January 14, 2022 Sending prayers for you and your family. My family enjoyed celebrating holidays with Mrs. Burrus at my cousin’s Jillian’s house. Talking about holidays past and present. Current events were always a table topic. We will truly miss her knowledge and wit. Praying for peace and comfort for her family. Doyle & Yvette Hudson & Preston & Mason, January 12, 2022 Dearest Michelle and Matt, George and I were so very sad to hear about Rayvel. We have been friends for so many years. George and Sanford were in Scouts together and went all through school together until college. When we moved to McKinney in 1970, we got to know Rayvel. We so enjoyed all the years of sharing life together there in McKinney. So many good memories of our lives and our families and all the activities that we enjoyed together--- Rayvel was a true, good, and steadfast friend. We will miss her greatly. We are sorry that we are unable to attend the service there in McKinney. We are so deeply sorry for your loss. We pray that God will comfort you and heal your hearts as you walk through this difficult season. Maybe the Peace of the Lord cover you and be with you all. With much love to you and your families,
Sharon and George Comegys, January 11, 2022 So very sorry to have my dear, long time friend (80+ years) pass away. We talked and texted each other other and it will certainly be a void. Rayvel and I attended C-City schools together, Texas Tech, ,was in her wedding and have kept in touch every since. On Sunday mornings we watched the CCity First Baptist Church service from their website and waited for the other one to "check" in and if not a call would follow to find out it everyone was OK. Thanks to Michelle and Matt for putting together a wonderful memorial service that we can view even if not able to attend in person.
KAYE bLONKVIST, January 11, 2022 My dad was a dentist with Dr. Burris for years. It was a very tight dentist community in the 1970/90’s. The Mosby family was very fond of your mom & dad. So sorry for your loss.
Cheryl Mosby Lawson , January 10, 2022 Matt: Your mom seemed to be a wonderful person. You are lucky to have many fond memories. No matter how much time passes, there will always be things that remind you of her. A real tough part will be not being able to call her to tell her about good stuff that happens in your life. Our deepest condolences, Molly & Allen Allen Brivic, January 10, 2022 Many prayers and hugs to the entire family. She was a very sweet and giving woman. Her presence will be missed. Marina M Pearce, January 10, 2022 Wishing you peace and strength.
Chris Prescott, January 10, 2022 Dr. Burrus and Rayvel were my neighbors growing up. I have such fond memories of them and their supper club. I am so sorry for your loss.
Melissa Kerby Kelly , January 9, 2022 I hope the good memories of your mom give you some comfort. Roz Crew, January 9, 2022