Judith Kay Burkett

Age 78, of Baldwin, passed away on April 20, 2024. In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family on Judith’s Tribute Wall at detroitcremationsociety.com

Judith Kay Burkett was born on February 20, 1946, in Flint, Michigan, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Francis and Pauline (Gaines) Hurley. Judy was married to her love Russ for almost 56 years and had 4 children together. They had many great years of traveling and living in Florida during the winters. She enjoyed lunches with family and friends, going to watch the manatees come in and garage saleing. If anyone knows Judy then you know she loves card games. She could play and teach any card game known to man. She was accused of stacking the deck many of times during our annual Euchre tournaments due to the fact you couldn’t beat her. She also loved her scratch off tickets and going to the casino. No matter how ill she was during these last few years she didn’t miss an invitation to the casino. And it goes without saying she loved her family. 

Surviving Judith are her son; James (Ed) Burkett and wife Nancy, Son; Jeffery Burkett and wife Mary, daughter; Denise Gipson and significant other Michael Varner. Sister; Sandy and Ron Howe, Sister; Fran Anderson, Sister; Paula and Jim Berney, Brother; Jim and Renee Hurley, Sister-in-law; Jeannie and Ernie Holsted 

12 Grandchildren Amber and husband Robert Curtis, Lauren Burkett, Rachel Burkett, Becky and husband Kole Wood, David Burkett, Dayna and husband Matt VanRaemdonck, Andrew and wife Courtney Burkett, Brittany and husband Bobby Oliver, Sarah Burkett and boyfriend Jeff Pytlowany, Garret Burkett and girlfriend Parker Towell, Ronnie Gipson and girlfriend Sydney Stossel, Courtney Gipson and boyfriend Alex Hentschel, Allie Varner, Brandon Varner and girlfriend Ellery Koon. 

12 Great Grand Children Cameron, Angela, Samantha, Jax, Ava, Lylah, Cole, Paislee, Elaina, Mason, Adalynn, Owen, 

Judith is preceded in death by her husband Russell Lowell Burkett; Son David Russell Burkett; Grandson Eric Russell Burkett


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  1. Joanne Duffing on April 24, 2024 at 2:43 pm

    Please accept my most sincere condolences on the passing of Judy. She was a grand lady and will sorely missed. She and Russ were a staple and protectors of the Wolf Lake community. They both continued the long time traditions of the Bailor/Burkett reunions. Now Rick and Brenda Burkett are the guardians of this wonderful tradition.

    I imagine the reunion in heaven with her beloved Russ and all our beloved who have passed before her. I can see her in the arms of our Savior and hear him say “welcome home, my beloved child.”

    Fly high Judy and until we meet again a temporary farewell.

  2. Mary Newill on April 24, 2024 at 7:56 pm

    My sincere sympathies to Judy’s family. I will miss seeing Judy in Michigan very much. Rest In Peace Judy

  3. Jammie North-Bills on April 24, 2024 at 10:02 pm

    Another beautiful matriarch of our family is in Heaven now. May the family find comfort in each other as we mourn her loss.

  4. Liz on April 25, 2024 at 6:43 am

    Judy and I shared some things and I will always remember oùr last hug . I will miss you cousin .

  5. Carolyn Duffing zkelley on April 26, 2024 at 7:46 pm

    My condolences to family and friends of Judy. She was a strong and amazing woman. We will miss her at Wolf Lake, but know she is reunited with her husband Russ, and all the family that has gone before. May God comfort her children and family.

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