Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home

306 East Polk Street, Burnet, TX


Joyce Gaynelle Burden

June 27, 1928June 16, 2020

Joyce Gaynell Boone Burden went to be with the Lord on June 16, 2020, while a patient at the Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Round Rock, Texas. Joyce was born in Crocket, Texas on June 27, 1928 and was pre-deceased by her husband William G Burden, parents Forest M Boone and Lillian Claire Gustine, and sister Marion and twin siblings Doris and Morris.

Joyce is survived by her children Emily Adney and husband Kenneth of Burnet, and Bill Burden and wife Lori of Round Mountain. She is also survived by five grandchildren; Billy Stohler, Rebecca Wedel and husband Derek and children Jasmine and Jesse, Jamie Moser and husband Josh, Jennifer Bailey and husband Parker, and Julie Burden and fiance, Wayne Svetlik. She is also survived by one great-grandchild, Brooks Moser, the joy of her later life.

After graduating valedictorian from Crockett High School, Joyce also graduated valedictorian from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. There she met future husband Bill Burden, just home from WWII. Joyce and Bill located in the Rio Grande Valley where, professionally, her passion for reading blossomed into her calling as a teacher and research librarian. She felt that if children just had books, they were never lonely. Throughout her career she built professional and private libraries for her school and her church, and lastly, enriched the library at Country Oaks Assisted Living Center in Burnet by personally buying and donating books, and collaborating with the Burnet County Library System for starting a book club.

Upon their retirement to the Hill Country, Joyce and Bill became heavily involved in the Liberty Hill community, becoming charter members of the Liberty Hill Lions Club, where she received the prestigious Melvin G Jones award for community service from the International Lions Club. She and Bill were also charter members of the Liberty Hill Foundation, which built the Liberty Hill Foundation Park. Joyce was the sole woman solicited to serve on the Liberty Hill Incorporation Committee, which set the town boundaries and promoted the election for incorporation of the city, that effort being successful.

Joyce was a consummate homemaker, gardener, entertainer, and fun-loving mom to her family, particularly at all holidays. She especially loved the beach and fishing. She was proud of her exquisite needlework and crocheted animals for the grandkids. She was a proud cancer survivor. Her highly active mental and physical pursuits and dedication to home life served as a role model for her subsequent generations. She loved being Nana to her grandchildren, and they loved their Nana.

The family would like to recognize the support of her many close friends and wonderful caregivers at Country Oaks at Hamilton Creek.

A private graveside service will be provided by Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home of Burnet for internment in Liberty Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bill Burden Elementary School Library at 315 Stone Wall Parkway, Liberty Hill. Please offer condolences to www.clementswilcoxburnet.com


  • Private Service and Burial Liberty Hill Cemetery


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Teresa Garner

June 21, 2020

Joyce and Bill were regular supporters of Teresa Garner Bluegrass some years back. Always a pleasure seeing them in the audience. Also recall their commitment to Lions Club. Joyce was kind, with a wonderful smile that brightened the room. Miss those old days but, comforting to know that “I will not be a stranger when I get to that City. I am aquatinted with folks over there!”

Mary Lyn Jones

June 19, 2020

Enjoyed visiting with Mrs. Burden at country Oaks when I would go see my mom. One day, Lance's son was with me and I introduced him to Mrs. Burden. I told him her daughter Emily was his dad's kindergarten teacher. She was always a joy to talk to and has left a loving legacy. Both my grandkids attended Burden Elementary in LH. Such a special family. God Bless. 🙏

Kim Klose

June 18, 2020

Joyce was one of my favorite customers, but not only that, she was my friend. I did her hair for many years. Even though I have not met all of the family, I felt I know you because of the loving way she talked about each of you. She always had a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye. She was one of the most positive people I’ve ever been around. I was sad to learn that she died. She will always have a special place in my heart.

Diane Brummell

June 17, 2020

My memory of Joyce is of an avid reader. Emily shared titles of books her mom liked so that I could pick them up and enjoy as well. And I thank Joyce for bringing Emily, my “second sister”, into the world. Prayers and peace to the family.

Deanne Vance

June 17, 2020

Joyce and Bill were two of the finest individuals I’ve ever known. When Jerry and I moved to Liberty Hill, they welcomed us and made us feel right at home both in the community and at Liberty Hill Methodist Church. It was a blessing to know them.
We send the family our sympathy and prayers for God’s comfort as you celebrate Joyce’s remarkable life.

Debra Dorow-Eckert

June 17, 2020

Please accept my deepest sympathy and sincere condolences.
I remember visiting her at Myra Green library. Mrs. Burden always had the most welcoming atmosphere with beautiful bulletin boards. My mom, Mrs. Lowe and Mrs. Studebaker always had fun with Mrs. Joyce. Lots of laughs. What fond memories.
Praying for comfort and peace during this time.

Teresa Garner

June 16, 2020

I shared Joyce’s passing with past members of Teresa Garner Band. We remember that Joyce and Bill frequented establishments where we played our music. I also recall their commitment to Liberty Hill Lions Club. Both Bill and Joyce were kind and loving and, will never be forgotten!

Patrick Wear

June 16, 2020

Joyce and her husband Bill were two of the finest people anywhere. May they have everlasting happiness.
Patrick Wear.

Jan Robin

June 16, 2020

Emily, I only chatted with your Mom a few times, but she seemed to be a strong woman with a sharp mind, even at 90 years old. Knowing all she was involved even after retirement is amazing. She truly had an impact on so many folks throughout her life. Our thoughts and prayers are with and all Joyce's family at this time.
Jan and Bill