Iris Ione Warkentin

July 29, 1913 - January 19, 2018


Iris Ione Warkentin was born on July 29, 1913 in Greenfield, OK to David A. and Phoebe (Neely) Bringham. She passed away on January 19, 2018 at the age of 104.

Iris was the fifth of sixth children and she survived them all, along with two husbands, three of her four children, a score of nieces, nephews and cousins, and many, if not most, of her dearest friends. If you Google Iris’s name, you won’t find much. Iris was, as they say, way before the time of such things. But to anyone who knew her, to anyone in the sleepy community of Geary, to anyone who visited with her or had the pleasure to know her personally, Iris was a treasure of knowledge, caring and compassion that puts the internet and all of its resources to complete and utter shame. Those close to her assumed she would live forever.

Iris lived in and around Geary, Oklahoma most of her life with periods in South Dakota, New Mexico and California, but her home was always Oklahoma. Her first husband was Talbert Burnett, the father of her four children: David Burnett, Jerry Burnett, Brian Burnett and Rebecca Burnett. After Talbert’s passing in 1969, Iris busied herself with family, helping her son Jerry with his children and caring for her father, who himself was nearing 100 when he passed. She married Art Warkentin in January of 1977 back in Geary, where she would live until her passing. She was an accomplished businesswoman who operated a diner, a beloved teacher in South Dakota, a proud member of United Methodist Church, and a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, Burt Burnett and Art Warkentin, 3 children, David, Jerry, and Rebecca Burnett. siblings, Ley Bringham, Eileen Wynn, Frank Bringham, Imogene Base, and Claris Sutton.

Survivors Include: her son, Brian Burnett of Hemet, CA, step-son, Jack Warkentin of Houston, MO, her grandchildren, April Burnett of El Paso, TX, Star Burnett of Winnetka, CA, Ernest Burnett and wife Pamela of Chatsworth, CA, Elizabeth Burnett of Hemet, CA, Margaret Burnett of San Francisco, CA, Cathy Neal of Catoosa, OK, Cassandra DeClerk and husband Mark of Broken Arrow, OK, Craig Burnett and wife Tawnia of Pierre, SD, Heidi Warkentin and husband Chris of Ontario, CA, and Heath Warkentin of Chickasha, OK, her great grandchildren, Kyle Burnett, Jimmy and Justin Neal, Crystal Abernathy, Caitlyn Barker, Brandon Barker, Dustin Burnett, Brittany Elderts-Ajala, Chase Warkentin, Scarlett Bosley, Elsa Bosley, Jakob, Jackson, and Mason Warkentin, as well as many other relatives and friends.


Memorial Services: 4:00 PM, March 17,2018 at Geary United Methodist dinner to follow.

Officiating: Rev. Rachel Parrot

Burial: Kingfisher Cemetery, Kingfisher, OK

Services entrusted to Turner Funeral Home, Geary, Oklahoma. Condolences may be sent to the family at,, or you can find us on (Turner Funeral Homes).