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Jean D. Burgess

August 24, 1924 - October 3, 2021

Jean D. Burgess, age 97, of Middletown, DE, passed away on Sunday, October 3, 2021.

Born in Scranton, PA on August 24, 1924, Jean was a daughter of the late Glen Austin and Marjorie (Schuler) Dymond. She worked as a teacher’s assistant for many years for the Red Clay School District. Jean owned a ceramics studio where she loved to teach others. She was a very crafty person, especially at knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, and sewing. After her retirement, Jean volunteered at Christiana Hospital where she received an award for dedicating over 5,000 hours. She was also a member of the MOT Senior Center, where she was active as a line dancer. Jean was a kind and giving person who was always willing to help others. More than anything else, she enjoyed reading and spending time with her grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Burgess, Jr; infant son, Bruce Robert Bennett; siblings, Glen Dymond and Martin Dymond; and step-mother, Effie Dymond. Jean is survived by her children, Bruce R. Bennett, W. Bryce Bennett (Debbie), Edward H. Burgess (Juan Juan), and William “Liam” Burgess, III (Karen) with whom she resided for the past 20 years; siblings, Marjorie McCorkle and Russell Dymond; 8 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am, on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 275 East Main Street, Middletown, DE, where a funeral service will be held at 11 am. Face coverings will be required for all those in attendance not immunized with the COVID-19 vaccine per the Governor of Delaware. Interment will follow in Silverbrook Cemetery, 3300 Lancaster Pike, Wilmington, DE.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Jean’s memory to Alzheimer’s Association,  399 Market Street, Ste. 102, Philadelphia, PA, 19106, or online by clicking here, or to MOT Senior Center, 300 South Scott Street, Middletown, DE, 19709.

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  • Have some good memories of trips to North Carolina to visit family there with Aunt Jean and my dad.
    Sorry for your loss.

  • I had the pleasure of getting to know Jean in her later years and we shared a love for all things “crafty”. It was an honor to help her and the family with her care. I am going to miss that wonderful smile. Rest in peace Jean, I hope you are creating some wonderful treasures in heaven.

  • I knew Jean to be a gentle, warm and welcoming soul. Her home was always open with hospitality to family and friends. I remember that there was always a bowl of salted peanuts on the coffee table for guests. I love salted peanuts and had to sit across the room to avoid eating way more that my share. The world has lost one of its better folks.

  • Jean and I shared the same father. In my early years, she often took care of me while my mother worked, and she liked to remind me of all the trouble I got into. I always liked to think of her as the Dymond family historian. She regaled me with stories of my father’s life and of her life with him and with her siblings. She was my bridge to the past, my glimpse into what tied us all together. I will miss those stories. Even more, I will miss Jean – her smile, her kindness, her love. Rest In peace, Jean.

    Russ Dymond

  • Jean was a warm and loving person.I line danced with her for 10 years.She started at age 80 and stopped at 90.She enjoyed many crafts but I especially loved her orchid collection. I will miss her sweet disposition and kindness.

  • So many good memories, every holiday eating bagels at your house. Smelling the rose rose perfume in your room. Feeling your love was one of the best things in my life. Shari

  • It was a pleasure to help care for Mrs. Jean for the last two years. I will always remember her smile each morning. It would light up the room.
    Rest in peace Mrs. Jean 🙏🏻 You will forever hold a place in my heart. ❤️

  • Dear Karen, Liam and family,
    We were sorry to hear of Mrs. Burgess passing. You have been wonderful attentive children to both your mothers. Not an easy task with running several households, and holding full time jobs. We hope you feel comfort knowing your mothers were able to remain in their homes because of your devotion.
    Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family.
    Maureen & Bernie