Sidney Ardell Burgess went to be with her Lord on Nov. 16, 2014. Ardell was born Sydney Ardell Hood May 31, 1938, in Senatobia, Mississippi. Ardell traveled with her parents, Tom and Cleo, and sister Martha, around the country until settling in Okanogan, where she attended school.
Ardell loved her family and did all that she could for them. She had such a fondness for little children and was a very special grandmother to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She always put everyone else’s needs in front of her own. She was known by all to be kind, loving and charitable.
Ardell held a soft spot for animals in need. As a little girl, she frustrated her parents by frequently rescuing all kinds of stray animals.
Ardell was married to Frank Black for 22 years. They had four children: Tom, Bill, Sharrie and Cindy.
Ardell was a great blessing to all those who knew her. She was a well-known artist in the Okanogan Valley.
Ardell married Jack Burgess in 1976. They resided in Winthrop. She contributed much of the artwork and great murals on the buildings and signs in the Methow Valley. Ardell painted wildlife, landscapes and portraits, and had a tremendous love for all the arts. Ardell’s sweet spirit will be missed by all who knew her.
She was a loving grandmother to her grandchildren: Clint Black, Ryan Davisson, Shawn Davisson, Taylor Palm, Elena Black, Billy Black, Jake Black, Christopher Knapp and Courtney Knapp.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Burgess, parents Tom and Cleo Hood, sister Martha Harmon, daughter Cindy Black, baby grandson Brooks Clay Black, and her children’s father, Frank Black.
Ardell is survived by her children: Tom Black, Omak; Bill Black, Spokane; Sharri Palm, Okanogan, and Vaughn Burgess, Matt Burgess and Stephanie Alann; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Memorial services are to be held at Okanogan United Methodist Church, 231 Third Ave. S., Okanogan, on Saturday (Dec. 6) at 2 p.m., with a potluck dinner to follow at the church.
Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel and Okanogan County Crematory are caring for the arrangements.