Judith (Judy) A. Burgess, of Marietta passed away Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016 at the age of 77, after an extended illness.
Judy was born Dec. 7, 1938 to Howard and Evelyn Rittenhouse. She grew up in Fort Wayne, Ind., moved to Arkansas, and eventually settled in Georgia. Judy was the beloved sister to Cheryl Ulmer, Glenn Rittenhouse, Ron Rittenhouse and Kenny Rittenhouse.
She had a career as an Avon District Manager, worked as Regional Manager for Simmons Market Research and then founded Burgess Amusements until retiring in 2000. Upon selling the business, Judith and her husband Joel travelled extensively. She was deeply involved and a beloved member of Rivercliff Lutheran Church, active in the Lutheran Womens Missionary League (LWML) and served on many church committees over her years including Teen Leader, Christmas Bazaar Co-Chair, President, of LWML, Advent By Candlelight co-Chair. Her hands were never idle as she folded bulletins or helped with many events. One of her favorite roles was story teller to the children.
She is survived by her three daughters, Connie Barrow, Deb DeRoche (Steve), Tammy Schoenleb (Bill); grandchildren, Wendy Blond (Keith), Daniel DeRoche (Jennifer), Jake Schoenleb and Josh Schoenleb; her great-grandsons, Lucas DeRoche, Vincent Blond.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Joel; her parents; and brother, Kenny Rittenhouse.
Viewing will be held Tuesday, Aug. 23, from 5-7 p.m. at Byars Funeral Home.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 3 p.m. in Rivercliff Lutheran Church with reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Burgess Memorial at Rivercliff Lutheran Church.
Byers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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