[Marin County Obit Board]

Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Friday, May 08, 2015 at 07:58:31 :

Independent Journal
Monday, September 22, 1975
Page 4

Services Wednesday For Iona Burgess, 101

Iona Burgess, longtime Southern Marin social leader who would have been 102 years old in a few weeks, died in her sleep Saturday night.

The widow of Chandler Burgess, she came to Marin County as his bride in 1930. She lived ever since in the landmark home that Burgess had built in 1906 near Marin City. She was worthy matron of the Mill Valley chapter of Order of Eastern Star in 1944 and was active in community projects during World War II.

Mrs. Burgess was born near Louisville, Ky., Nov. 22, 1873, when Ulysses S. Grant was president. When she was 17, she moved with her family to Idaho, where her father became a cattle rancher. She became a school teacher.

Mrs. Burgess was an avid traveler. When visiting Hawaii in 1893 she met Houghton C. Bickerton, son of a wealthy Hawaiian jurist. They were married and lived in San Francisco and Portland. Bickerton died in the early 1900s. In 1930, she married Burgess, a longtime family friend, whom she had met while on a world cruise in 1910.Burgess died in 1935.

The centenarian said at her 100th birthday celebration that she believed in “always looking on the bright side of life and never losing your temper.”

Mrs. Burgess is survived by a daughter, Amzell Collings, of the family home, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Her son, artist Haughton C. Bickerton, died last year.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Christ Episcopal Church, Sausalito. Following cremation, Mrs. Burgess’s ashes will be placed in the Stonyford National Cemetery, Colusa County.

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