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Elizabeth Marie Burlew1

b. 29 December 1986, d. 2 September 2009

Father John Franklin Burlew1 b. September 1958
Mother Mary Louise Cotton1
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Family Donald Lee Osborn b. 30 October 1969, d. 2 September 2009
Marriage* 24 October 2008  Principal=Donald Lee Osborn1 
Child  1. William SilverHawk Osborn b. 27 Oct 2008, d. 10 Jul 2009

Birth* 29 December 1986  Coldwater, Branch Co., MI1,2 
Married Name 24 October 2008  Osborn1 
Marriage* 24 October 2008  Principal=Donald Lee Osborn1 
SSN* 2 September 2009  Elizabeth Marie OSBORN
Birth Date: 29 Dec 1986
Death Date: 2 Sep 2009
Social Security Number: 375-98-1036
State or Territory Where Number Was Issued: Michigan
Death Residence Localities
ZIP Code: 69153
Localities: Ogallala, Keith, Nebraska2 
Death* 2 September 2009  Lisco, Garden Co., NE1,2,3 
News/Obit* 4 September 2009  Lisco, Neb. —

Elizabeth Marie Osborn, 22, of Lisco, Neb., died Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009, at her home.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009, at the Lisco Presbyterian Church in Lisco, Neb. with Pastor Duane Dunwoody officiating. Interment will follow in the Lisco Memorial Cemetery south of Lisco.
The casket will be closed and there will be no visitation at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made in care of the family. Family and friends may sign the guest book and leave condolences online at
Holechek Funeral Home and Cremations in Oshkosh, Neb. is in charge of the arrangements.
Elizabeth was born on Dec. 29, 1986 at Coldwater to John Franklin and Mary Louise (Cotton) Burlew. She grew up at Quincy and graduated from Quincy High School in May 2005. Elizabeth was united in marriage to Donald Lee Osborn on Oct. 24, 2008 and to this union one son was born, William SilverHawk. They made their home in Lisco until the time of her death.
Elizabeth had been a hard worker, great spouse and mother. She loved riding horses, fishing and being an artist with drawing and painting. She also enjoyed gardening.
She was a member of the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary.
She is survived by her parents, John and Mary Burlew of Quincy; sisters, Diane Kaye, Katherina Danielle and Aimee Louise Burlew, all of Quincy; also surviving are her paternal grandmother, Janice Burlew; maternal grandfather, B.H. Cotton of Kentucky; aunts, Jeni McLain, Vicki Burlew, RuthAnn Cross, Pat Burlew, Chris Lint, and Shirley Cotton; uncles, Chuck Avery, Kenneth Cotton, Beve Lint (Cotton), Dave Cotton, Steve Cotton, Rick Cross, Jack Clutter, and many great aunts and uncles and numerous cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald on Sept. 2, 2009; her son, William SilverHawk on July 10, 2009; her paternal grandfather, Gerald (Cork) Burlew on Jan. 23, 2009; and her maternal grandmother, Esther L. McLain on Dec. 21, 2002.

Appeared in The Daily Reporter (COldwater, MI) Sep 04, 2009
News/Obit 5 September 2009  Lisco deaths called suicides

By Robynn Tysver

The gunshot deaths of a Lisco, Neb., couple remained under investigation Friday, although preliminary results indicated Donald and Elizabeth Osborn took their own lives, Garden County Attorney Phil Pierce said.

The Osborns' bodies were found Wednesday in their home in western Nebraska by sheriff's deputies. Autopsies were performed, and the preliminary results indicated the deaths were a double suicide, said Pierce.

But, Pierce said, nothing has been finalized.

The couple's deaths came amid a turbulent summer for Donald, 39, and Elizabeth, 22. The couple's 8-month-old child died in July. In addition, Donald Osborn was the subject of several criminal investigations.

He was under investigation in neighboring Keith County for credit card fraud, Keith County Attorney Blake Edwards said.

Edwards said his office had been reviewing the results of an investigation by the State Patrol to determine what charges would be filed against Donald Osborn at the time of his death.

In addition, Osborn was under investigation for writing bad checks in Garden County and in Custer County, South Dakota, according to Pierce.

The couple had visited South Dakota last week, Pierce said.

The Osborns had lived in Ogallala before moving to Lisco earlier this summer. Lisco is about 60 miles northwest of Ogallala.

Donald was a lifelong resident of the area, while Elizabeth had recently moved to Nebraska from Quincy, Mich.

On July 14, the couple's baby, William “Willy” Silverhawk Osborn, died. His death was investigated, in part, because of Donald Osborn's prior criminal record.

In 2006, Donald Osborn served 350 days in jail on three counts of misdemeanor child abuse.

An autopsy was performed on the child in Scottsbluff, and the cause of death was ruled to be sudden infant death syndrome. That is a medical term for the death of a child younger than 1 year that remains unexplained after a thorough examination.

“There was a lot of work done on that,” said Pierce.

Published in the Omaha World-Herald, Saturday September 5, 20093 

Last Edited 8 Apr 2011

  1. [S841] The Daily Reporter, online
  2. [S129] SSDI Death Index,.
  3. [S977] Omaha World-Herald, online

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