Judith Lynn Burleigh

October 26, 1951August 25, 2021

Judith Lynn Burleigh, beloved sister, friend, aunt, and godmother, passed away on August 25, 2021, at the age of sixty-nine at Hospice Home at High Point in North Carolina.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents, Luther and Willie Mae Saizan Burleigh; her sister, Frances Burleigh Bienvenu; and her adopted nephew, Nicolas Leonard. She is survived by her brother, James E. Burleigh, of Opelousas, LA; three sisters, Ann Dugas of Addis, LA; Catherine Killingsworth of Lafayette, LA; and Debbie Burleigh of Greensboro, NC. Judy loved her godson, Marc Leonard and his sister, Celeste Stout; her nieces, Lisa Richard, Alice Parker, and Amy Allen; and her nephews, Charles Bienvenu, Paul Bienvenu, and Stephen Killingsworth. She is survived by three cherished friends, Lanette Leonard, Carolyn Doiron, and Carol Wolf. Judy leaves behind numerous extended family members and friends who loved her dearly.

Judy was born on October 26, 1951. She grew up on her family’s farm in Opelousas, Louisiana. She attended church at Louisiana Memorial UMC where she formed friendships that would span her lifetime. She graduated from Opelousas Senior High School in 1969. She attended University of Southwestern Louisiana where she obtained bachelor and master degrees in the field of education. After a brief career as a high school math teacher, Judy went on to retire from civil service with the State of Louisiana.

Judy was one of the kindest, gentlest, most generous people whom you could ever meet. She welcomed everyone with goodness and grace. Family and friends were very important to her. Birthdays and special occasions were always remembered with cards and phone calls. It was her desire for every person in her life to know that they were loved and cherished. Judy will be missed by everyone who was privileged to know and love her.

A celebration of her life will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday October 9, 2021 at Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 825 Government St., Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1:00 - 2:00 pm prior to the service. The family would like to express appreciation to Hospice of the Piedmont and the staff and residents of The Carillon.


  • Memorial Visitation

    Saturday, October 9, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, October 9, 2021


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Randall Lemoine

October 9, 2021

Those of us who had the privilege to know Judy through our association at the state Office of Mental Health (OMH), will remember her sweet smile and greeting as we got off the elevator and entered the building each morning. Her gentleness and kindness were deeply nurturing and inspiring, and to top it off she would regularly treat us to her heavenly Monkey Bread, which we recently shared in her honor! After most of us retired, Judy kept her OMH family in touch by gathering us together for lunch, usually at Portobellos. And when she moved to NC, she continued to keep in touch with those sweet letters and pictures for which she is famous. Judy is a shining example of God’s love for each of us, and her sweet memory will live on in our hearts. Rest in Peace dear Sister Judy, your love shines on! God Bless & Keep You in in His Loving Care, Randy Lemoine

Laura Schlicher

September 30, 2021

Judy...Bugs, I will always remember your gentle spirit and beautiful smile. You were a sweet high school friend. I treasure my memory of you. Rest in peace.