Nancy Burnham
Tuesday
4
May

Calling hours

11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Jones Funeral Home Inc
1503 Union Street
Schenectady, New York, United States
(518) 346-3881
Face masks are required and social distancing will be observed
Tuesday
4
May

Celebration of Life

1:00 pm
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Jones Funeral Home Inc
1503 Union Street
Schenectady, New York, United States
(518) 346-3881

Interment

Park View Cemetery
Fehr Avenue
Schenectady, New York, United States
(518) 346-3217

Obituary of Nancy I. Burnham

NISKAYUNA-Nancy Burnham was born in Schenectady on July 3, 1943, the daughter of Irene and Cecil Walker. She was a 1961 graduate of Linton High School. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in education from Tufts University. She lived with her son, Todd Burnham, in Syracuse and, later, in Fayetteville. Nancy positively impacted the lives of all those who knew her and countless others who didn’t. For more than thirty years, while raising a son as a single mom, she worked tirelessly for the NYS Division for Youth, passionately advocating for at-risk children. She later worked for the St. Anne Institute in Albany, while residing in Niskayuna. Throughout her life she was a fierce and determined advocate for the underdogs, particularly the underserved and underprivileged children of the State of New York, earning the admiration and respect of everyone she came in contact with. Nancy embodied what it means to be a giver of time, love, and energy; both her parenting and her career reflected this. To be sure, she influenced an incalculable number of people throughout her life. But her impact was felt most by her son, Todd, whom she taught the everlasting traits of hard work, determination, compassion, and love. Despite raising her son on a social worker’s salary, she managed to purchase a 2nd home in Hilton Head, SC, while also working random second jobs so he would have spending money while in college. She dedicated her life to raising Todd, doing whatever it took to make sure he had every opportunity to succeed, and she was immeasurably proud of his accomplishments, both personal and professional. Nancy was also a genuine lover of animals, particularly ducks and dogs. She and her son bred two golden retriever litters, which led her to become a golden retriever enthusiast. She was a member of the Golden Retrievers Club of Northeastern NY and also rescued several goldens through the Memphis Area Golden Retriever Rescue (MAGRR). She enjoyed going to concerts in Albany (highlights included seeing The Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney), and she swam with dolphins in Florida. Her legacy includes thousands of families whom she impacted with her relentless advocacy, love, and kindness—and her son’s law firm, Burnham Law, is her namesake. In honor of her selfless dedication to those less fortunate, as well as her life’s example of positivity in the face of adversity (COPD), she is the inspiration behind The Nancy Burnham Equal Justice Project. The project provides entirely free representation in family law matters to individuals at the poverty line who live in Colorado. Most of these cases involve domestic violence and other complicating issues. Nancy’s inspirational life leaves a legacy of greatness personified. Nancy is survived by her son, Todd C. Burnham (Katy), grandchildren Mae, Clara, Archer, Noah and Oliver of Boulder, Colorado, and her brother, Cecil T. Walker, Jr. (Georgia Askew) of Charlton. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to MAGRR in Nancy’s name: https://magrr.co/NancyBurnham. A celebration of Nancy’s life will be held on Tuesday, May 4th, at 1 PM at the Jones Funeral Home, 1503 Union St., ( at McClellan St.), Schenectady. Relatives and friends are invited and may visit with her family at the funeral home from 11 AM until the time of the service. Interment to follow in Park View Cemetery, Schenectady. Face masks are required and social distancing will be observed. To leave condolences for Nancy's family please visit www.jonesfh.net
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