Mary Lula (Brooks) Burdett, 78, of Jasper, passed away on Thursday, August 19, 2021. Mary was born in San Antonio on August 15, 1943 to Roy and Amy Brooks.
In 1962, two individuals met in college. In 1963, Jim Burdett married Mary Brooks, and she became Mrs. Mary Burdett. She was called “Mare” by those who were the closest to her. Their life together became an “Adventure with God”.
As they grew in their relationship with The Lord Jesus Christ and with each other, God took them to many different places to serve Him. From San Antonio (1963-1985), to Somerset, Texas (1985-1999), to Bigfork, Montana (1999-2009), to Canyon Baptist Church, Hungry Horse (2003-2009), then to Jasper, Texas (2009-2014). In 2014, they moved to Hungry Horse, Montana and served the Lord together there until 2019 at which time He moved them back to Jasper, Texas. Everywhere they went, Mary lived her life quietly (sometimes not so quietly) before the Lord and the people God called them to serve. She influenced many to live as she lived-as a faithful follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. Only God knows the impact of her life, but when Christ returns, she will hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant”. The impact she had on Jim’s life is almost too hard to put into words. He can only say “Mary, you were and are the love of my life. May the memory of your life continue to influence those who knew you until He returns.”
On August 19, 2021, Mary went home to meet her Lord. Their lives were parted by no choice of their own. Oh what an adventure she is having now in the presence of the One she loved.
Vance Havner said, “You haven’t, lost anything when you know where it is. Death can hide but not divide.”
One day they will be reunited in the presence of their Lord Jesus Christ, but in the meantime down here, “The Adventure” continues until He returns or until He decides to take Jim home.
Who are the people who have influenced us the most? Certainly not the ones who thought they did, but those who did not have even the slightest idea that they were influencing us. In the Christian life, godly influence is never conscious of itself. If we are conscious of our influence, it ceases to have the genuine loveliness which is characteristic of the touch of Jesus. We always know when Jesus is at work because He produces in the commonplace something that is inspiring.
My utmost for His Highest, August 21.
Romans 14:7-9 “For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself; for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.”
Left to cherish her memory is her beloved husband, James E. Burdett Jr.; her children, Mike Burdett, Jody Ross and husband Kirk, Jeffrey Matthew Burdett, John Mark Burdett and wife Zaida, and Janice Michelle Marshall and husband Mike; her brother, Wayne Weaver; her sister, Waynette Sue Weaver; and her grandchildren, Brady, Alyssa, Caragyn, Dylan, Luke Villanueva, James, Aubrey, Bailey, and Parker.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Roy Otto Brooks and Amy L. Postell Brooks.
A graveside service honoring Mary’s life will be held on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 beginning at 10:00AM at West Oaks Cemetery on Hwy 63 Jasper, TX 75951.
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