As a Pascagoula city employee for more than 30 years, Anna "Chick" Burnham had an impact on the lives of many people.
Former Pascagoula city attorney Melvin Mitchell said he worked with Burnham often during her time as city clerk.
"She was one of those people you just enjoyed being around," Mitchell said. "She was a good person and she did a good job."
Her son-in-law Ronnie McDonough said she moved to Pascagoula from Laurel in the 1950s and was dedicated to helping the city. In honor of her work on the Machpelah Cemetery during her time as city clerk, she received a scroll of merit from the city for her dedication in resolving overselling issues.
Burnham had to work hard to become city clerk. As a city employee, she did not have a college degree. In order to be eligible for promotions, McDonough said Burnham went to college when she was in her 50s to earn a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern Mississippi.
He recalls times when he, his wife and three children went to visit her and she would be studying.
McDonough, who lives in Mobile, said many holidays were spent visiting Burnham.
"She enjoyed doing things for the family, especially the grandchildren," he said.
In 2005, Burnham lost her Pascagoula home in Katrina and lived in Mobile with the McDonoughs for a few months, but refused to permanently leave Jackson County.
She returned shortly after and lived in Ocean Springs.
Visitation for Burnham will be held at 10 a.m. today at First Presbyterian Church of Pascagoula. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m.