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.