Lucile Burden

Lucile Burden

Thursday, February 3rd, 1921 - Thursday, September 10th, 2020
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BURDEN, Lucile Elizabeth (nee Richard), of Marlton, NJ passed away peacefully on Thursday,
September 10, 2020, just five months short of her 100th birthday. She was born February 3,
1921 in Culpeper, VA to Wren and Susie Richard (nee Washington).

In 1943, Lucile married James (Jim) R. Burden, Sr. Their only child, a son, James Renel
Burden, entered the world on May 22, 1953 and took over as the center of their lives. Ultimately,
Lucile’s father, mother, brother (Samuel), husband, and only child would all predecease her.
Her son, James Renel, was only 36 years of age at the time of his passing in 1989. Her will to
honor the legacies of these family members helped her to overcome many life-altering
challenges of adversity, tragedy and loss with resolute resilience.

The highlight of Lucile’s professional life was her tenure as a family support professional for the
Philadelphia School District. During her tenure, Lucile met a group of young teachers just
beginning their teaching careers. Affectionately coined “The Tilden Group,” Lucile took on a
matriarchal role that formed a bond that has withstood the test of time. She retired from the
Philadelphia School District in 1980. “The Tilden Group” has remained connected with Lucile
over the 40 years since she retired. She also has relished being “Mom” to her son’s childhood
friends, Larry, Sam, Eric and Stephanie to this day.

Lucile was a firm believer in the humanity of people from all walks of life, and she was
passionate about using every opportunity to share time with family and friends. She loved
reading, paid attention to world events, and may have missed her calling as a debater! Her
laughter could fill a room. She was an elegant mix of charm, grace, and fashion flair!
Surviving family members are cousins: Fredericka Hill, Richard Greene and his wife, Carolyn,
and Peggy Washington, all of Culpeper, VA, along with their respective families.

While distance prevented her Culpeper family from taking an active role in her day-to-day life
and care, we spoke frequently by telephone and Lucile was always in our thoughts and prayers.
We are grateful that she was blessed with a group of supportive friends in New Jersey who
helped her to live her best life. The family sincerely appreciates the generosity and ongoing acts
of kindness by each and every one of her New Jersey family. Thank you being there for Lucile
in good times, as well as in not so good times. Most of all, thank you for sticking by her when
time began to take its toll on her body and mind. Her New Jersey family includes: Rose and Tom Bacchus, Juanita Blakenley, Barbara Bravo, John Bravo, Larry Butts, Roseanne and Jack Carroll, JoAnne Decina, Alethia 'Lee' Douglass, Stephanie Edmonson, Joyce Guy-Patton, Carol Ivory, Eugene D. Ivory, Sr., Ella Ivory, Eve Jones, Ken and Betty Mills, Mozell McCrea, Arnette and Al Peterson, Nora Petronico, Laverne Wiley, Gene Williams, Marianna and LaToria Wilson and others who befriended her over the years.

Lucile requested a small private funeral in her hometown of Culpeper, VA where she will take
her place in the family plot beside her husband, Jim, and son, James Renel.
Anyone wishing to make a memorial contribution in honor of Lucile may contact St. Jude
Children’s Hospital, her favorite charity.

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Service Details

  • Service

    Saturday, September 19th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, September 19th, 2020 2:00pm
    Fairview Cemetery
    850 Sperryville Pike
    CULPEPER, VA 22701
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Fairview Cemetery
    850 Sperryville Pike
    CULPEPER, VA 22701
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Cynthia Henderson

Posted at 07:52pm
My mother,Myrtle Lawson-Bond were classmates in school in Culpepper County Virginia.I just found out about her Beautiful Homegoing.I remember her well.Great lady who was so gracious.We also knew her beloved husband and Renell.God bless you all.You have our deepest condolences at this time.We will continue to pray.

Larry Butts

Posted at 08:27pm
We are all just passing time and occupy our chair very briefly. The time we had with Lucile was a gift and we are all the better that she occupied her chair so well.


Alethia "Lee" Douglass

Posted at 08:06pm
Mother Burden was a genuine loving person. She had so many chicks like me who sat at her table and listened to her gems about life. During my 20 years in the Navy I would always call her and see her when I would get leave. Her wisdom helped me thru a terrible time in my life and now I'm stronger and a survivor. Precious lady, enjoy your rest...🌷🌷

Ella M. Ivory

Posted at 09:34pm
Lucile was a dear acquaintance and friend for a span of forty plus years. Her words of wisdom and keen insights shared on various life and subject matters will be greatly missed. Lucile had a passionate and strong sense of family virtues that she cherished and nurtured in her own home, as well as respecting these values in others. She was Blessed to have many fruitful years with family and friends. Shared bereavement and prayers of comfort are extended to her blood relatives, extended family, and personal friends. Continue to Rest well, Dear Friend. We'll meet "In That Great Gettin' Up Morning".

Ella M. Ivory and Family
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Vicinity

Ella M. Ivory Posted at 10:19pm

"For this God is our God forever and ever; He will be our Guide, even unto death." Psalm 48:14

Barbara R. Bravo Posted at 11:20pm

Thoughts of Lucile Talks about Culpeper and her family Her mom’s beautiful hair, just like hers Her doll collection Renel’s concert in his studio garage and several others in center city Her 80th birthday party and “Isn’t she lovely?” Snow on her birthday Being her “running buddy” She would say, “My girl can eat” (especially her French fries). Taking her to see “The Lone Wolf of Wall Street” with no idea what is was going to be like Hiding her car keys with Rose when she still wanted to drive at ninety-five Renel’s friends gathering at our house after the fire and enjoying Italian holiday leftovers Getting to know her many, wonderful friends Sitting with Lucile at the hospital when Jim passed away Watching in awe as she told everyone at Jim’s service how she would just stay in her house and carry on. And she did for as long as she could. My heartfelt sympathy to all who loved her. Barbara Bravo

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