In loving memory of Libby Horne Burnside who passed away on
Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the age of 75 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
Libby was born in McAlester, Oklahoma on August 20, 1944. She began her more than 20 year
singing career at the age of 4 performing in dance recitals and talent shows.
Libby made her television debut at age nine, MC'd the Junior Jubilee on National ABC-TV at
age 11, and cut her first record with RCA-Victor Recording Company at age 12.
While still in high school, Libby was a semi-finalist in the first Miss Teenage America
Contest held in Dallas in 1961. At the age of 14, she sang on the rodeo and state fair
circuits across the country including Idaho, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Texas where she
appeared with such noted personalities as Hugh O'Brian, The Smother's Brothers, Rosemary Clooney,
and Bobby Vinton.
Upon graduation from McAlester High School, Libby attended college at Southern Methodist
University (SMU) where she was a member of the Delta, Delta, Delta sorority. She performed
at Pigskin Review all four years during SMU homecomings.
Libby also performed with Bob Hope her junior and senior years at SMU as the opening act
for The Bob Hope Show. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in music education and became
a music teacher at Spring Valley Elementary in Richardson, Texas for several years before
meeting her husband. Libby married Wayne Burnside on July 19, 1969 and they made their
home in Dallas. They recently celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary this past
Libby dedicated herself to raising two children and teaching music.
Libby was a music teacher at several Dallas public schools, First Baptist Academy, and
taught private piano lessons in her home for many years. Libby's Christian faith was
evidenced by her kind, generous nature and deep affection for people.
She was an active
participant of the antique, book, and garden clubs in the Lakewood neighborhood and
a member of Lakewood Country Club. Libby enjoyed all
kinds of music, singing, dancing, traveling, and spending time with
friends and family, especially her grandchildren.
Libby was preceded in death by her parents, Nobie and Keith Horne of McAlester Oklahoma,
uncle Thaddeus and wife Delores Smalley of McAlester, Oklahoma,
aunt Jane and husband William N. Hargrave of Midland, Texas,
and cousin Lewis W. Ground of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Libby is survived by her husband, Wayne Burnside of Dallas, daughter Brooke Burnside
of Dallas, daughter Paige Burnside Franks and son-in-law Todd of Richardson,
and grandchildren Farrah and Ford. The family wishes to thank her loving and
dedicated neighbors and friends during her extended illness.
A memorial service
will be held at Northridge Presbyterian Church at 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2020.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action
Network (www.pancan.org) or M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
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