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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

Obituary: Burdett, Marcelline T.

Age 97


BURDETT, Marcelline T.
(Age 97)

On a blue skied, sunny, Saturday afternoon our beautiful Mother set out on her next journey leaving behind our love filled but broken hearts, peacefully passing away on March 19th.
A memorial service is scheduled to be held at the Ball & Dodd Funeral Home on April 2nd at 2pm with Sensei Paul Vielle officiating.

The inurnment will follow at the Greenwood Cemetery.


Marcelline was born in Seattle on October 4, 1918 to Kame and Oto Uyeji.

She graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1937.

Her life was interrupted when World War II broke out and she was relocated to the Minidoka and Tule Lake Internment Camps.

At the time of this ordeal and as the eldest child of her family, her father, who was interned at a separate camp, stressed to her that she must keep the family together.

She accepted this responsibility with a watchful eye over her brothers Kame and Toshio.


She settled in Spokane after the war and married Richard Terao.

Upon his passing in 1969, she dedicated her life in raising four sons and two daughters on her own.

She later remarried to Wilson Burdett in 1981 and shared their lives until his passing in 1993.
Marcelline is survived by her brother Kame (Fumi) Uyeji of Vancouver, Washington; sons Lt. Col. (Ret) Richard (Junko) Terao of Waipahu, Hawaii; Mich Terao of Spokane and Leon Terao of Olympia; daughters Kiku Terao (Thomas McGuire) of Otis Orchards and Marlene (Phil) Rowe of Nine Mile Falls; granddaughter Aiko (Justin Kropff) Terao of Spokane; grandson Joseph Gray (Nichole Ursillo) of Spokane Valley; one great-grandson and five great-grand daughters whom she loved very much.

She also leaves behind many beloved nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff at ManorCare Health Services for their loving support and care in her final days.

We would also like to thank Dr. Jerry Castro and his team at the Deaconess Wound Care Center for years of amazing care and compassion.
Condolences may be left in Marcelline’s online guestbook at www.ballanddodd.com.