ELLSWORTH – Althea Velma Carter Burks, 82, passed peacefully March 5, 2012, with her family at her side in Bangor. Althea was born Oct. 24, 1929, in Brewer, the daughter of Vasco E. Carter and Madelene Wyman (Burrill) Carter of West Ellsworth.

She graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1947 and in 1948 married Hubert J. Burks Jr. of Richmond, Va., and traveled the world for more than 26 years as a proud Navy wife. They were married for more than 63 years. Althea was a founding member of St. Andrew Lutheran, Ellsworth, and a star patient at Eastern Maine Dialysis Unit, Ellsworth, for 8 1/2 years.

She is survived by her husband; four children who were the joy of her life, James V. Burks, Madelene R. Burks Gowie, David E. Burks and Elizabeth A. Burks; sister, Nancy Shaw Carter; 25 grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and many cousins.

Family and friends are invited to visit Althea’s family 5-7 p.m. Friday, March 9, at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 175 Downeast Highway, Ellsworth, where a celebration of life Communion service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at the church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Althea’s memory to Eastern Maine Dialysis Unit, 11 Short St., Ellsworth, ME 04605 or St. Andrew Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 145, Ellsworth, ME 04605. Arrangments by Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth. Condolences may be expressed at