Ida Marie Christina Carlson Burden, affectionately known as “Little Mama,” or “Mema,” of Elgin, Texas passed away early Sunday morning, July 1, 2012, at 95 years of age. Marie was born on September 23, 1916 in Beaukiss, Texas to Carl Oscar and Matilda Blomberg Carlson. Marie’s early childhood was spent in Beaukiss before moving to the Manda, Texas area. She attended a country Swedish school where she learned to speak English, and then continued her education in Elgin, graduating from Elgin High School in 1936. Marie began her nursing career at Fleming Hospital in Elgin where she met her beloved husband George. They were married on May 8, 1943 and together they raised their two daughters. Marie worked at the Elgin Golden Years Nursing Home from 1967 to 1992, retiring after twenty-five years of dedicated service. Marie spent tireless hours throughout her life taking care of others at their time of need. She loved her family and friends and always had a fresh pot of coffee ready for visitors. She enjoyed watching sports on TV - football, basketball, and baseball were her favorites. She was an excellent seamstress and embroiderer, was highly proficient in completing word search puzzles and she cooked the best meatloaf and fried chicken with mashed potatoes. Her family always enjoyed her holiday specialties of angel food cake and fruit salad. She was preceded in death by both her parents; her husband of 40 years, George Evans Burden; her daughter, Myrtle Josephine; six brothers and two sisters. She is survived by her two daughters, Georgia Schorr and husband Lowell of Elgin; Christina Pompa and husband Dennis of Hutto; eight grandchildren, Ronald Schorr of Midlothian, Lisa and husband Robert Ramirez of Elgin, Lana and husband Howard Guckian of Elgin, Laura and husband Tim McCarty of Elgin, Angela Pompa of Hutto, Erika and husband Chandra Badola of Louisiana, Dennis E. Pompa and wife Kristie of Hutto and Andrew Pompa and wife Kate of Leander; 18 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Viola Klaus of Austin and many nieces and nephews. Marie was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, cherished by everyone around her. She will be deeply missed but will remain forever in our hearts and thoughts. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the Doctor’s and staff of Elgin Medical Center. Our sincere gratitude to the staff of Trinity Care Center and the Lighthouse Hospice nurses for the loving care given to our mother. As our “little Mama” would say, “thanks a million.” Donations may be made in her honor to the National MS Society at http://www.nationalmssociety.org/donate The family will receive guests at the Elgin Funeral Home from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Thursday, July 5th. A funeral service will be conducted at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church of Elgin at 10 a.m. Friday, July 6th with Pastor Bridget Thien officiating. Interment will follow at Elgin Cemetery. Arrangements and care are entrusted to Elgin Funeral Home.