Lucille J. Burleson

October 31, 1921January 7, 2020

Ms. Lucille J. "Lucy" Burleson (nee Inman), 98, died peacefully on January 7, 2020.

Lucille was born on October 31, 1921 in Salem, Missouri to George Clark Inman and Thelma Loretta Inman (nee Reddick). She graduated from Salem High School in 1941. Lucille married Kenneth Oren Burleson in 1966. In 1941, she began working for United Telephone Company in Salem, Missouri as a telephone operator. She left the company in 1943 to be a homemaker and mother to her only child Billie Sue. She returned full time to United Telephone part time in 1959 then full time in 1960. She retired from United Telephone in Rolla, Missouri in 1983. She was a skilled cook, enjoyed her flower garden, and her monthly luncheon with fellow retirees. Her greatest joy was spending time with her two granddaughters. She was a member of the First Freewill Baptist Church in Rolla, Missouri.

Lucille was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Marjorie Irene Maxwell, Audrey Ada Pearl Martins and Mary Ruth Walker; husband, Kenneth Oren Burleson; daughter, Billie Sue Frendle; granddaughter, Tammy Sue Baker; and sons-in-law, William Edward Baker and Kenneth Everett Frendle, Jr.

Survivors include her granddaughter, Deborah Sue Davison and husband Daniel of Moberly, Missouri; great grandson Joshua Lee Davison and wife Jessica of Gladstone, Missouri; great great granddaughters Josephine Parker Davison and Julia Bernadette Davison of Gladstone, Missouri, and numerous nieces, nephews, and step grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Monday, January 13 from 1:00-2:00 pm, funeral service at 2:00 pm, with burial to follow, all at White Chapel Funeral Home and Cemetery. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Lucille's life.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the charity of your choice or any that help those afflicted with Arthritis or Macular Degeneration.

The family would like to thank staff at Moberly Nursing and Rehab for their care and dedication.


  • George Clark Inman, Father (deceased)
  • Thelma Loretta Inman (nee Reddick), Mother (deceased)
  • Kenneth Oren Burleson, Husband (deceased)
  • Marjorie Irene Maxwell, Sister (deceased)
  • Audrey Ada Pearl Martins, Sister (deceased)
  • Mary Ruth Walker, Sister (deceased)
  • Billie Sue Frendle, Daughter (deceased)
  • Tammy Sue Baker, Granddaughter (deceased)
  • William Edward Baker, Son-in-law (deceased)
  • Kenneth Everett Frendle, Jr., Son-in-law (deceased)
  • Deborah Sue Davison (Daniel), Granddaughter
  • Joshua Lee Davison (Jessica), Great Grandson
  • Josephine Parker Davison, Great, Great Granddaughter
  • Julia Bernadette Davison, Great, Great Granddaughter

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Nancy Ogilvie

January 10, 2020

What I remember the most about Aunt Lucy is her kindness and always having a smile on her face for everyone. One of my funniest and fondest memories is when my sister and I went to Missouri to visit our grandparents and we stayed at Aunt Lucy and Uncle Bill's farm for a few days. I was young and hadn't started school yet. That was the first time I had ever been on a farm before and I remember thinking just how cool it was. One time, Aunt Lucy asked me to go to the barn where Uncle Bill was milking cows and bring back some milk. Uncle Bill had just said to me, I shouldn't stand too close to the back of the cow, when it suddenly pooped everywhere, including on me. LOL! I got cleaned up and Aunt Lucy then asked me to go to their chicken coop to get some eggs. I quickly learned it's not as easy as it sounds. I came out of the chicken coop crying and Aunt Lucy came running. Trust me when I tell you chickens can get really mad and peck at you unmercifully for taking their eggs! My cousin, Billie Sue, had the greatest play restaurant right outside the house. She had plates, utensils, pots & pans, everything. One of my best creations was a mud hamburger... Lastly, there's not a better feeling in the world than laying on a feather bed, looking out the window and listening to rain coming down on a tin roof. Thanks for the memories, Aunt Lucy, you will be missed.

Michelle Mould

January 9, 2020

So many fun trips to visit Grandma in Rolla! We cruised the back roads with Ricky Van Shelton, LAUGHED until we cried at the “quotable quotes” list we came up with & we did it all with Tammy, milk duds, and lots of road trip snacks! Memories of a wonderful woman and a wonderful family! Such good times! And Halloween will always be Grandma’s birthday! SWEET TREAT! Love you Deb! Michelle


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