Lydia O. Burks
August 15, 1929 – November 22, 2019
Lydia Ocampo Burks was called home Friday, November 22, 2019 at the age of 90. Lydia was a native New Orleanian and longtime resident of Jefferson Parish. She was preceded in death by her beloved daughter Yolanda May Burks Planellas; son in law Vincent H. Planellas; her loving sister Yolanda Ocampo Rivera; and her parents Gonzalo and Francisca Ocampo. She is survived by her cherished granddaughter Shelly Ann Planellas (Tanzanika); sister Frances O campo Weinberg; nephews William Rivera, Jr. (Donna), Stephen Rivera, and Warren Rivera (Cheryl); and her loving pet Indee Joy. Lydia worked as a procurement specialist at the Corps of Engineers where she retired. She graduated from Sophie B. Wright High School and received her advanced degree from Saule Business College. She was a member of Crescent City Church, Parkview Baptist Church and New Covenant Church NOLA. Lydia had a passion for the opera. She was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her stellar singing talent, as a chorus member for over 50 years with the New Orleans Opera Association. Her love for music also extended to her being a member of numerous church choirs along with the Metairie Melodears.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Celebration of Life services to be held in the chapel of Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. in New Orleans, LA on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. Inurnment will follow at Lake Lawn Park Cemetery.
To view and sign the family’s guestbook, please visit lakelawnmetairie.com.
- Visitation Saturday, November 30, 2019
- Celebration of Life Saturday, November 30, 2019
Lydia O. Burks
November 29, 2019
My sincerest condolences to the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.