Betty “Joan” Burleigh
Betty “Joan” Burleigh was called home by our Heavenly Father Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, from Cimarron Place Nursing Home in Corpus Christi. Joan was born Dec. 1, 1931 in Austin, to Bessie Eunice Garner and Rufus Hill Burleson. She graduated from Port Lavaca High School, then from Durham Business College in Houston. On Sept. 6, 1952, Joan married William “Earl” Burleigh in Port Lavaca. This 62 year union was blessed with two children - Kathy Elaine Burleigh (born 1953) of Georgetown, and Steven Earl Burleigh (born 1956) of Corpus Christi. She always set a good example for her family, and provided a loving home for them in Aransas Pass. A dedicated Christian, Joan taught a children’s Sunday School class at First Baptist Church, Port Lavaca, when she was 16. After she married Earl and established their home in Aransas Pass, she served her extended family as a Sunday School teacher at First Baptist Church, Aransas Pass for most of her adult life. Her legacy includes the many lives she touched as she ministered in the church. Joan enjoyed her church life, and treasured the many friends she made while serving Christ. Beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend, Joan was preceded in death by her husband Earl, her parents, husband and her brother John Hill “Jack” Burleson. She is survived by her children Kathy and Steven, and two daughters-in-law Denise Hunter and Suma Kunapareddy Burleigh. She is also survived by two sisters - Marylou Burleson Sauer and her husband Vernon Sauer, and Marjorie Martha “Margie” Burleson Forster and her husband LeRoy “Lee” Forster, and sister-in-law Evelyn Burleson, as well as by seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews and their families. Joan was dearly loved by everyone who knew her, and will be deeply missed. She is now reunited with her parents, brother and her beloved husband Earl. In our mind’s eye we can see Joan and Earl skipping joyfully hand in hand, kicking up golden sand in Heaven, as they so enjoyed doing on the beaches of South Texas. Until we meet again. Funeral services to celebrate Joan’s life were held Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018 at First Baptist Church, in Aransas Pass with Rev. Ian Caceres officiating, and eulogy by Joan’s sister, Margie Forster. Interment followed at Prairie View Cemetery. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Charlie Marshall Funeral Homes and Crematory.