Adrienne Beryl Smith Burruss

Adrienne Burruss
Adrienne Burruss

Adrienne Beryl Smith Burruss, born January 19, 1929, to Margaret and Rollin Smith, left this world to rejoin her beloved husband of 62+ years, John Warren a week shy of her 94th birthday. Adrienne died January 12, 2023, and was preceded in death by her husband in 2010, and also by her daughter, Lucy Burruss Korkmas, in 2021.

Adrienne was an artist whose work was displayed in several businesses and homes while raising five children.  Additionally, she was in the Junior League and a docent at the Amarillo Art Center, and a friend to all.  In addition to raising five children while being outgoing and a friend to all.

She is survived by her big sister Shirley Ann “Shan” Samis of Oklahoma City, and Shan’s extended family, and by her four living children: Jane R. Burruss, Anne B. Schreck & spouse Blake, John Wm. Burruss and spouse Patricia, and Mary M. Burruss of Amarillo. Also surviving her are grandchildren who include Lucy’s son Anthony J. Korkmas III [and his sons Asher and Warren], and John’s three children: J. Mason Burruss, William K. Burruss, and Margaret M. Burruss.

There will be a service at St Andrew’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, January 21, 2023,

at 10:30 am.

7 Replies to “Adrienne Beryl Smith Burruss”

  1. Sending my love and sadness fir the passing of my dear painting pal of many years! Adrian once told me that painting was just something she couldn’t not do!! And she brought such relaxed fun to it, we all enjoyed it that way too! What a gift! I shall miss her! Hope she’s got those brushes out in Heaven today!♥️ Nancy Baay

  2. Adrienne was a sorority sister of mine ( Pi Beta Phi) and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. Although we were not contemporaries at the Pi Phi chapter at OU, she was one of the first Pi Phis to welcome me to Amarillo and to the Pi Phi Alumnae Club in 1967 when my husband ET and I moved to the Texas Panhandle.

    She was a dear lady and friend, a fellow Episcopalian (St Andrew’s) and I miss her honesty, love, and kindness. Even though we moved to Dallas ten years ago, she remains an “Angel” to me. “May light perpetual shine upon her”.😇

  3. I will miss Adrienne, am so happy we were “painting pals” for years. She had such a fun, relaxed approach to her work! I love what she told me once: “I just can’t not paint”!!! That was God’s gift to her.

  4. Such a wonderful woman. She was a friend of my mother-in-law, Lorna Novak, and that’s how I got to know her. I have a painting of hers, sunflowers, in my kitchen that I love! I’m so sorry for your loss.

  5. We were “alley neighbors” for several years and enjoyed walking our dogs around the park together. She enriched my life and I admired and enjoyed her creativity and and artistic talent. So much fun to be around. A life well lived!

    Pat Cathcart Dison

  6. I’m so sorry to receive this sad information.
    We became friends in about 1958.
    Adrienne was the most faithful member of St. Andrew’s Church. Always taking her pew on the front left pew.
    I’m sending sympathy, prayers and love to all her family. Anne

  7. Such a delightful, artistic, and interesting woman.
    Our paths did not cross often, but then they did, I felt fortunate.
    My deepest sympathy.
    Kay Kennedy

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