Virginia "Jenny" Burgess departed this earthly life to take up residence in Heaven with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 23, 2013, after severe complications developed following spine surgery. Jenny Burgess lived a full, vigorous and joyful life.
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She was Valedictorian of her high school class in her home town of Lepanto, Ark., where she was known as Jenny Lou. She was the president of her college sorority Alpha Gamma Delta, and she graduated in the top of her class at Arkansas State College while majoring in Biology. She earned a master's degree in Counseling from Hampton Institute in Virginia.
She married her husband, Doug Burgess, following her graduation from college. Following his graduation, Jenny and Doug spent 28 years in the U.S. Army where they traveled to Germany for their first tour of duty followed by crisscrossing the United States from post to post thereafter. During those travels she brought two special children into this world, Doug Jr. of Atoka, Tenn., and Sandra Kay of Vienna, Va.
She was a school teacher by training and taught for several years off and on as she followed the Army moves. She fulfilled her life through volunteer work with many organizations and worked in a number of Thrift Shops at Army posts. Special to her here were Sharing and Caring and the Methodist Church "Bargain Box," PEO and the TCWC. She loved her church and her relationship with her Lord Jesus Christ.
Jenny was adventurous, joining Doug to live in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait for over six-and-a half years while Doug worked for a Defense Contractor. While there, she enjoyed visiting the Gold Souk. Also while in the Middle East, Jenny visited several European and Mid-East countries including Britain, Ireland, Thailand, Egypt, Bahrain, Jordan, The UAE, Oman, Syria, Italy, Greece, The Greek Isles and Turkey. Following retirement, she enjoyed a number of cruises with friends including one around the British Isles. She enjoyed travel and meeting new people and always had a great time.
Jenny would tell you that her greatest joy in life was her grandchildren, Douglas III, Alyssa and Kristin Burgess, along with Anna and Jack Simms, plus step-grandson Joshua Cregut. She would take great pleasure in regaling you with stories about all the good times with the children and grandchildren going to the mountains in Colorado when the kids were little, and here, going to the beach and playing around in our pool. Anna and Jack particularly enjoyed playing "hide and seek" with Grandma.
Jenny is survived by her husband of 52 years, Doug, and all the children and grandchildren noted above, along with her brother, Charles David Henderson of Fort Worth, Texas, and her sister, Mary Katherine Henderson of Jonesboro, Ark. In addition there is a HOST of very Dear Friends here, as well as others far and wide.
A Visitation and Memorial service will be held beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at the First United Methodist Church in Niceville, Fla. She will be buried in the family plot in her home town of Lepanto, Ark.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in her name to the
Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on Mar. 25, 2013