Rosalie Corona Burry (nee Compton)

April 18, 1937 to October 9, 2020


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Passed peacefully away at The Salvation Army Glenbrook Lodge on Friday, October 9, 2020 at age 83 years after a battle with cancer.  Predeceased by her husband, Doug (May 2009).  Left with a lifetime of wonderful memories are her daughter and best friend, Valerie Burry Hillier and her precious grandson, Nicholas Hillier; sisters-in-law Minnie Compton, Botwood, NL, Jean Burry, Whitby, ON, Eva Roberts, Oshawa, ON, and Gladys (Ross) Wheaton, St. John’s, NL, as well as a large circle of other family and friends.  Special thanks to Dr. David Jones for his care over the past five years.  Also, thank you to the staff of Glenbrook Lodge for the amazing care and family support provided over the past week.  Resting at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, following COVID-19 restrictions, on Monday, October 12 from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, October 13 at 2:00 p.m. at the Salvation Army Citadel, Adams Avenue with interment to follow at the Salvation Army Cemetery, Blackmarsh Road. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Salvation Army St. John’s Citadel Corps.



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So sorry to hear of your moms passing. Keeping you, Nicholas and your family in my thoughts and prayers through this difficult time. I have wonderful memories of your mom as a part of the citadel family. She was a good friend of my moms and both mom and I were blessed to have the opportunity to visit with you all at the Miller centre a short while before moms passing. Rose was such a wonderful woman. Cherish the special memories !

To the Burry & Burt families
Our sincere condolences on the passing of your Mother , aunt and friend. We often sat nearby during our St John’s Citadel days. God Bless and be with you, as you will miss her presence . With Love and understanding

Joan & Roland Murphy
Pickering ON

So sorry to hear of your moms passing. We were out of town for the weekend and didn’t get back until !onday evening when we heard of her passing. Hold onto the many wonderful memories you have. Keeping you and Nicholas in our thoughts and prayers.

Extending my deepest sympathy to you and Nicholas on the passing of your mother/grandmother. I know your mom was so important to both of you and I am deeply sorry for the loss of such a valuable person in your lives. From speaking with you, I know your mom was always there for you, the person you turned to for comfort and support in your toughest moments and the person you shared a lot of special and happy moments with also. Remember all those special memories and let them be a source of strength and comfort to you as you go through the grieving process. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers and may your Mother’s soul rest in peace.

Dear Valerie Sorry to hear of your Moms passing. I often wondered where she had been and was trying to call her when I was visiting my Daughters in St. john’s . I didn’t realize that she was at Glenbook lodge.
Sending my deepest condolences,
Rita Saunders (Hussey)

Valerie and Nicolas,
Our thoughts and prayers are surely with you both at this very sad time for you. We have lovely memories of Aunt Rose and how she was so kind and giving to others. You have wonderful cherished memories of your mom and grandma to help you through the days ahead.
Donna and Marvin

Valerie and Nicholas,
There is no easy way to say goodbye to those, like Aunt Rose, that spread so much light and love to everyone…we wish we could be with you to celebrate the life of such a wonderful women. Hold tight to all the wonderful memories.
You are loved.

Valerie and Nicholas,
So sorry to hear about your mother and grandmothers passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you both at this time of sadness.

Valerie and Nicholas,
Sending condolences to you and Nicholas at this difficult time.. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Valerie and Nicholas,
Sending our condolences to you both at this time. I think of the many meals I was blessed with over the years when Aunt Rose (and Uncle Doug’s) house became a home away from home during my years in nursing school and then MUN.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, even though we are many miles away..

Every time I try to compose this message, I can’t get past my tears. I can’t even begin to describe what Aunt Rose meant to my mom and me. She’s inhabited a piece of my heart ever since my birth, and she’s taken a piece of it now that she’s gone. There is peace in knowing that she is with Uncle Doug and her loved ones who have passed before her.. Valerie and Nicolas, my deepest condolences and prayers for you.

Val I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. Hold your memories close & treasure them forever.

Valerie and Nicholas, thinking about you both during these days, be assured of my prayer
Mary Profit

Valerie and Nicholas

I was deeply saddened to hear of Aunt Rose’s passing. These things are never easy to hear. I spent some time that evening reflecting on how wonderful she was to me. Everything from her amazing meals to the partridge berry cheesecake she made for me. Two in one weekend!

Aunt Rose will be forever fondly remembered by me. She was kind and thoughtful and I loved her very much.

Take comfort that she is with Uncle Doug now. And know that you both are first and foremost in my thoughts today and in the coming days.

Dean Roberts (nephew)

Do you know my Rosie?  We met when I was 14 years old and I began singing in the songsters.  I can’t remember if we always sat next to each other from the start, or if it just seems that way now since she ended up taking such a prominent and permanent place in my heart.  When I think about my decade of songster singing years, Rose is the first of a host of amazing people that surface in my mind, all of whom turned out to be some of the main sources of mentorship, encouragement, love, and spiritual support in my life from that time of fragile adolescence up to this present day.

Rose was a quiet and gentle woman, maybe even shy to some.  There was nothing loud or forceful in her whole being.  I didn’t hear her talk much when we first met, but that didn’t last too long.  Eventually someone thought it was a good idea to throw Major Wanda Loveless in our section and that’s when the hinges really started coming undone for our little mischievous trio, to the annoyance of at least a few songster leaders.  Rose was a constant victim to Major Wanda’s pranks, mixing her books up, chucking her music to the front row right before we were to sing. That’s when I discovered Rose had an amazing sense of humour.  At some point she revealed that she could do an accent in which she made all her ‘s’ sounds whistle.  And that’s how she always greeted me up to the last time I saw her.  After the hug it was a “Ssssso nicccccce to ssssseee you”.  Who can forget the late night rook games and skits at retreat and the mummering and all manner of foolishness we roped her into over the years?  But it was the sharing of joys and burdens and prayers and cards and scripture and encouragement that made our connection so dear and valuable to me.  She was a woman who loved with her whole heart and that became most obvious when she spoke about the 2 most important boys in her life: Doug and Nicholas.  Walking through Doug’s illness and passing was, I believe, one of the greatest challenges of her life and seeing Nicholas grow and be such an eager participant in every aspect of school, church, and the community was her greatest joy.  I can’t begin to think how deeply and sorely I will miss her the next time I worship at St. John’s Citadel and there’s not a short, beautiful lady sitting patiently waiting for me to pack up, leave the platform, and come and embrace her first thing.  But I do know how deeply grateful I am that I had a friend like my Rosie. 

Hallelujah, what a wonderful reunion has happened beyond the blue horizon where she’ll see her Lord who loves her so.  She was faithful.  She embodied Christ to me.  And now she is promoted to glory and rejoicing and singing in the ultimate songster brigade.  Save me a seat next to you Rosie.  Sending my love and prayers to Valerie and Nicholas and the whole family,

Chiang Mai, Thailand    

Valerie & Nicholas
So sorry to hear about Aunt Rose passing. We have a lot of wonderful memories of visting and staying for weekends. These visits always included a lot of laughter and fun. She will be greatly missed and will always be apart of our memories.. God bless and comfort you both in this sad time.
Love Violet, Gerald & Brian

To Valerie and family we express our sincerest condolences. Rose was one of those ladies that left an indelible impression on people’s lives. For Darlene it was all while she grew up at St. John’s Citadel, but for me it began at 50 Tiffany Lane as I entered training College. I would be remiss if I didn’t honour Rose on behalf of both our moms because she was a dear friend to both.

Our faith speaks of A Gathering of the Saints. I am confident there is a gathering happening and may it breathe hope into our lives that one day we all be a part of it, as Believers in the Lord Jesus!

Valerie & Family. So sorry to hear of your Moms passing. Have many memories of your Mom working with her at the training college, She was a beautiful lady. Be assured of my Thoughts and Prayers in those days.

Valerie and Nicholas: I am so sorry for your loss. She meant so much to both of you. I enjoyed visiting Rose whenever she was in the hospital as I knew her since we were at the College for Officers many years ago and shared lots of memories. May you feel God’s love and presence during these days. Hugs and prayers.

Valerie and family- so sorry for the passing of your mom/grandmother. She will always stay with you, in your heart. RIP Mrs. Burry.

Our prayers are with you as you gather to celebrate Aunt Rose. May God comfort you during this time, knowing she is with her Lord and Saviour and is reunited with Uncle Doug and loved ones.

To the family of Rose Corona Burry (nee Compton.
I always enjoyed Rose’s visit when she came to Minnie’s, Botwood.Takeing Rose shopping was a JOY. She loved just about every thing, May you fine the Blessing of strength in the Love of the Lord.

So sorry for the loss of your Mom/best friend
She is now reunited with your Dad.
Shes in Gods care now

Sending all our love to Valerie and Nicholas on this very sad occasion. We are blessed to have such a wonderful, kind and giving Aunt. She will always be so special to us. Sincerely, Bob, Dianne and family

To Valerie and Nicholas:
Our thoughts and prayerS are with you today. Rose was so proud of the both of you. May you take comfort in knowing she is free from sickness, reunited with your dad and most of all in the presence of her Lord she loved and served. Majors Brain and Valerie Wheeler