Patricia M. Burke, age 67, a longtime resident of Browns Mills, NJ passed into eternal life on Monday February 11, 2019 at Samaritan Hospice, Mt. Holly, NJ, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Allentown, Pa, and lived in Moorestown, NJ, graduating from Moorestown High School in 1969.
She was diagnosed in 2015 with Sarcoma in her abdomen and fought like a true warrior with surgeries, treatments and clinical trials. She suffered greatly, but never gave up hope or determination. She is dearly missed and was robbed of life much too early.
Pat served from 1977 – 1984 in the Air Force/Air Force Reserve, primarily as a maintenance analyst and was honorably discharged in the rank of Master Sergeant. After serving, Pat began a 41 year civilian career in the Air Force. Her civilian career included serving as an aircraft maintenance analyst, and later a logistics planner where she was instrumental in developing needed equipment and personnel requirements for the First Gulf War. In 2004 Pat transitioned to the USAF Expeditionary Center as the Program Element Monitor (PEM) where she managed all Center civilian personnel actions and manpower documents.
Pat’s diligence in researching solutions to various funding and manpower issues were renowned at Joint Base MDL and at the higher headquarters at Scott AFB. She earned numerous awards, and was often coined for her excellence – most recently by the Air Mobility Command Inspector General, as well as the 4 star commander of Air Mobility Command.
In her free time Pat enjoyed gardening, traveling, playing the piano, and spoiling her dogs. But the thing she loved the most was spending time with her family, especially her daughter and grandchildren.
As the eldest of ten children Pat was considered by all in the family to be a second mother to her younger brothers and sisters. She was a generous and compassionate friend to many and was truly the glue that kept her family together.