Bess L. Burton

March 9, 1966May 3, 2021

Bess Lail Burton, 55, of Corpus Christi, passed away on May 3, 2021. She was born in Corpus Christi, Texas to Yolanda Lail Diaz and Paul Lail on March 9, 1966. Bess graduated from W.B. Ray High School in 1984.

She was married to her loving husband Sidney Burton for 25 years. She leaves behind two children, James (Julia) Lail, Natalie Burton and three grandchildren: Yolanda, Ezekiel, and Tevin. She also leaves behind her brother Paul (Annette) Lail and sister, Debbie (Karl) Stubbeman. She also had many nieces and nephews.

Bess loved singing karaoke, car rides downtown by the water, and spending time with her family. She loved her dogs, Remie and Sugar; they were her life. Bess was a very outgoing person and always lit up a room with her humor. She has met many people and made lifelong friendships in her short life. She will be greatly missed by all whose lives she has touched.

Memorial Service will be held at Memory Gardens Funeral Home on Saturday May 8, 2021, at 10:00 AM.

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  • Sidney Burton, Husband
  • James Lail (Julia), Son
  • Natalie Burton, Daughter
  • Yolanda, Ezekiel and Tevin, Grandchildren
  • Paul Lail (Annette), Brother
  • Debbie Stubbeman (Karl), Sister
  • Mrs. Burton also leaves many nieces and nephews to cherish her memory.



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Karlee (Ian) Lott

May 7, 2021

Aunt Bessie,

You were one of the sweetest, loving, and most positive people I knew! I already miss getting to hop onto yours and Momma’s phone calls and talk with you for a while. It’s not going to be the same.
You took me on some fun shopping sprees and window shopping trips! I remember one time when we were visiting, you got me this little neon green purse with a chain on it and made me feel like such a little fashionista! I will always remember talking about purses, fashion, and shopping with you. It was SO much fun!
I hope you are having a wonderful time in Heaven with your sweet Momma! I know she missed you! Don’t forget to visit those of us who haven’t made our way to Heaven yet, we all miss you so much!
I love you Aunt Bessie!


Your Karlee-Bear 💖

James Lail

May 7, 2021

Hey mom, You always knew I wasn’t very good with words but I miss you so much. I hope you know that no matter what we went though I loved you. I wish I could hear you sing your heart out to some country music one more time. And I promise that me and Natalie are taking care of Sid and we always will. He misses you so much too. Yesterday I took him out to eat at the Acapulco we always used to go to. I talk to him everyday and you know we can talk forever. I just don’t want you to worry anymore. Now you and momo can watch over all of us. I hope I’m doing everything you want me to do down here. I hope you’re proud of me. That’s all I was doing. Just working hard to show you that you raised me to be a husband and father that you can be proud of. I love you my beautiful mom.💜💜💜

Bea Villarreal

May 6, 2021

I went to Ray with Bess, although a year older. Never imagined her son would marry my daughter. I will never forget the day James brought Sidney and Bess to meet me. As soon as Bess got out of car she said "I know you!You went to Ray....You were a nerd!" She was something to be around....Bess I promise to always remind our grandchildren how much you loved them. You will be missed.

Karl Stubbeman

May 5, 2021


I’m going to miss you so much. I loved talking and joking with you and just hearing you laugh. You were kind and included me in your family ever since Debbie and I started dating in High School. I loved being around you and playing jokes on Debbie. We loved having you so close to us when you lived across the street from us in Corpus. You will be greatly missed. I love you and will always think of you.

Debbie Stubbeman

May 4, 2021

Dear Sweet Sidney, James, & Natalie,

I’m so sorry for your loss.
I send lots of love, happy thoughts, and prayers your way.
GOD Bless my Baby Sister’s little family.

My Sweet Baby Sister Bessie, a bright shining Angel in Heaven, is now with our Heavenly Father and all of our relatives and friends that have gone home before her. We are blessed to have you watching over us now.

I’m going to miss your sweet beautiful face and your sweet loving voice. I will miss all of the long long video chats and phone calls we had together! You were ALWAYS available to talk and visit with me any time of the day or night. I will miss all the pictures, funny voices, and cheerful conversations we had. I’m so lucky to have shared so much with you my SWEETEST Baby Sister. You were such a SWEETHEART!!! You were so caring, loving, and kind!!! You had such a huge loving heart!!!
I can’t believe I won’t be able to hear or see you again. My heart has a huge hole in it!
My heart is truly broken without you!!!
I’m going to miss you something fierce!!!

I will think about you every second of every day my Sweet Baby Sister!!!
I love you so much and can hardly wait until we are together again.
I love you! I love you! I love you!
XOXOXO~Your Big Sister Debbie Stubbeman