The Burbage Family has been serving Worcester County, MD for generations. What began as a simple service of making caskets in the small town of Berlin, has grown into a full service funeral home in two locations, providing family services, funeral services, and memorial monument sales to the communities in Worcester County and surrounding areas. The Burbage family has been "family" to the community for well over 100 years.
Marianne "Anna" Adkins Burbage
From 1927 until 1944, Anna Burbage and her husband John operated the family owned business - The Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin, MD. After her husband's death in 1944, Anna managed the business by herself becoming one of the first female licensed undertakers in the State of Maryland.
Anna was known for her compassion and sensitivity, and ability to embrace and comfort those in the Berlin community that had lost loved ones, as well as provide a dignified funeral service with efficiency and affordability. In the early days she often traveled many miles by horse and wagon with her husband to the homes of the deceased in order to prepare the body, assist the family and make funeral preparations.
Like the Burbages before her, Anna was woven into the fabric of the community, offering service that reached beyond the funeral business. In 1909, at the age of 16, Anna began a professional career as a manual arts instructor, perhaps the only female teacher of this type in the State of Maryland, working in Berlin, Pocomoke and Stockton. It was at this time that she became interested in aiding children, an interest that continued throughout her life. She will always be remembered for her compassion as well as her personal and financial contributions to Worcester County.
For more than 30 years Anna provided lifesaving care and services to the needy of Worcester County. She and her husband "Jack" bought and maintained the only ambulance in Berlin and provided medical equipment (crutches, wheelchairs, hospital beds, etc.)for many years. She also donated food, clothing and her time to those in need.
What Anna began as a small, caring gesture of hospitality for bereaved families continues today at the Burbage Funeral Home. Anna began providing each bereaved family with a homemade cake. Today that tradition continues. Each family retaining the services of the Burbage Funeral Home is given a homemade cake baked especially for them.
In 1985 Anna passed away at the age of 91. The Burbage Funeral Home passed into the responsible hands of her grandson, Kirk Burbage, who has expanded the Funeral Home to a second location in the Town of Snow Hill. Kirk continues Anna's legacy today by providing the families of Worcester County with compassionate and quality service that reaches beyond the boundaries of good business practices, treating customers as "family", and seeing to the individual needs of those that have lost loved ones.