Judy Burge

Judith Lynn Hawkins Burge, passed away on March 30, 2021, at the Sikeston Convalescent Center.

Born on February 28, 1941, in Fayette, MO, she was the daughter of the late O.E. and Kathleen Hawkins.  She grew up in Fayette, graduated from Fayette High School, and from Central Methodist College, also in Fayette.

On August 21, 1964, she married Jerry Evans Burge, who survives of the home.

Judy was a longtime teacher at the Sikeston High School, and a Sponsor of her much-beloved Sikeston Red Peppers, along with her great friend, Wanda Throop.

After her retirement, she and Wanda enjoyed a series of annual trips that took them to every corner of the globe, often with friends, family, and student groups in tow.

She loved and enjoyed her children and grandchildren, and a constant stream of much-loved and spoiled pets.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents, her sister and brother-in law, Shirley and Reece Watts, all of Fayette, MO.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry, her son, Louis Burge of Sikeston, her daughter, Amy Burge of St. Louis, MO, her daughter-in-law, Shannon Burge of Sikeston, her grandchildren, Lou and Alice Burge, both of Sikeston, and her niece, Lori Watts of Waco, Texas and nephew, Steven Watts of Milwaukee, Wisconsin

A small graveside service was held on Friday, April 2, 2021 in Caruthersville, MO, where the Burge family plot is located.  A celebration of life reception in Sikeston will be forthcoming at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Sikeston PAWS animal shelter at 1900 Compress Road, Sikeston, MO 63801.

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