Obituary of Mrs. Lillian B. Burgess
Mrs. Lillian B. Burgess passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 in the care of her family and Delaware Hospice. She was 100 years old.
Lillian was born a coal miner’s daughter in Mifflin, WV to the late Elza E. and Ella Rae Stone Billups. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband John F. Burgess in 2003, a son, Edward F. Burgess in 2010 as well as two sisters Margaret Eley and Freda Campbell and a brother Robert Burgess.
In her younger years, she worked as a sales clerk at Woolworth’s Department Store. Her interests include quilting, crocheting, reading, playing flinch, crossword puzzles and cooking and baking for her family. Lillian was a member of the Indian River Senior Center quilting group. She was a gracious person who made friends instantly but would not be pushed around. Lillian was a wonderful mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother and will be missed dearly.
Lillian is survived by three children, John P. Burgess (Bettylou) of Georgetown, DE, a daughter Kathryn Jean Redmond (Jack) of Sykesville, MD, Jack’s sister, Barbara Nieberding, and a son David Frank Burgess (Jovi) of Hawkensville, GA and a daughter-in-law Jacqueline Burgess of Lewes. She leaves behind a sister, Jane Morgan of Keene, NH as well as 9 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Lillian was blessed to have special neighbors and caregivers through Seniors Helping Seniors. Delaware Hospice was instrumental in her comfort care during her last days.
Due to Covid19 restrictions, there will be a private family service. She will be laid to rest with her husband at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Foundation, PO Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21714-5014; Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963 or The American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK 73123.
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