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“Ms. MonticelloLive”, A Tribute

April 3rd, 2019 by

FA736603-191B-40B1-BFBA-7D5A95439B81I usually try to keep life’s personal events off of MLive, but sometimes things are important enough that they should be shared with others.

This is one of those times.

Mary Sue Burgess, my wife of 25 years, went from my arms, into the arms of Jesus, Tuesday morning at 6:48.

Some folks knew her, but most didn’t, and she avoided public attention.

Sue was the quiet counter-balance that was usually able to keep me focused more than I would’ve ever been without her, both publicly and privately.  Our differences blended to make me much stronger with her, than I ever could’ve been, without her.

Several stories/photos were posted, because she saw or realized things that I did not.  Chances are, she had more affect on your daily news, than anyone ever knew (including her).

I am not saying that my personal loss is more important than anyone else who has lost a spouse, but today I just want to show appreciation to the woman who loved me and stood by me, through everything that life, business, family and health threw at us. 

If you knew her, say a prayer of thanks to God, because she isn’t hurting anymore. If you didn’t know her, asked me for a “Sue story” sometime, I would love to tell you more about “Ms. MonticelloLive.”

Graveside services are today, 3 PM at Tillar cemetery.

42 Responses to ““Ms. MonticelloLive”, A Tribute”

  1. Jana wright says:

    So sorry for the loss of your loved one.

  2. Heather Carter says:


    I am so sorry for your loss. You all will be in my prayers.

  3. Joe, I am so very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this valley. May God give you peace and understanding during this time.

  4. John Wayne says:

    Sorry for your lose and sounds like she was your world. I pray you find peace and strength. Remember she’s always with you no matter how far away. I haven’t lost my wife but I lost my Dad almost 19 years ago and I still talk to him everyday through God. He was my world and it took me a long time to find true peace but anything is possible with God. God bless you and RIP Ms. MonticelloLive

  5. A loyal reader says:

    Joe, I’m so sorry for your loss. My heart breaks for you. I’m praying for your peace and comfort in this time.

  6. mike says:

    I am shocked to hear this. I am sorry sorry for your lost. Sue was one of my best childhood friends. We lived for many years as next door neighbors . Praying for you and the rest of the family.

  7. Jessie Burchfield says:

    Joe, I am sorry for your loss. You will be in my prayers.

  8. Jessie Burchfield says:

    Joe, I am sorry for your loss. You will be in my prayers.

  9. Amelia Killingsworth says:

    Joe I’m so sorry for your loss.

  10. Vernon Rowe says:


    Thank you very much for this tribute to Sue…my little sister. I sometimes tell people if you want to imagine Sue, imagine a person who will love you unconditionally and be your biggest fan while giving you anything she has, expecting nothing in return. When our Mother, Mary Christian Rowe, passed away almost 20 years ago Sue replaced her as my biggest fan. Anytime I talked to her, which was not nearly enough, I left the conversation feeling blessed, loved, and looked up to. What I have come to realize now that she has gone on to her eternal home with GOD is that she was the strong one who loved and gave in the midst of the struggles life handed her at the end. I loved her very much and will miss her even more.


    Vernon Rowe,
    Sue’s Big Brother

    Jeremiah 29:11

  11. Lelia Davis says:

    Joe I would love to her a Sue story so sorry

  12. Mickye Chambers says:

    Sue was a beautiful and generous soul. She cared deeply about people even though she stayed out of view. I met her face to face one time at our church, but I felt like she had been a life long friend. Rest in Jesus, Sweet Sue.

  13. sheila says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort and peace.

  14. Sara says:

    Joe, Steve and I are so very sorry for your loss. May God wrap his arms around you and your family and give you peace

  15. Karen Webb says:

    Praying for you Joe! The LORD comforts the broken-hearted.

  16. Lila loveless says:

    Susie and I were the last females between my mom and hers. They were sisters, we were cousuns. She was like a sister. She could see the truth in a situation, I always wore rose colored glasses. She had a heart of gold if you had a need. No telling how many times she told Jo to donate or give money to someone in need in Monticello. I will miss you so much. The good news is that you’re so many people that you have been missing.
    I love and like you always said, I’ll talk to you later.

  17. Meghan Amoroso says:

    I’m sorry. I wouldn’t wish that pain on anyone. This is a lovely tribute. You’re in my thoughts.

  18. Gary Newton says:

    Joe…this is a wonderful tribute to your wife. I am so sorry your loss. Praying God will comfort you during this difficult time.

  19. Kathy Berry says:

    We are sorry for your loss. I did have the pleasure of knowing Sue and it was always nice to visit with her. You and your family have our thoughts and prayers.
    James and Kathy Berry

  20. Andy says:

    Very nice tribute, Joe. Sue was a special lady. May God bless you with peace and comfort.

  21. CAROLE BOWERS says:

    So very sorry for your lost. But as you stated she is with Jesus now. May that be comfort when things get tough. Prayer for comfort and peace.

  22. CJ McFadden-Sutherland says:

    Joe – I am sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

  23. Tina and Ray Ferguson says:

    We are so sorry to hear of your wife’s passing. I am sure knowing she is no longer in pain brings you much peace and comfort. Prayers for the days to come.
    Tina and Ray Ferguson

  24. Julie says:

    Joe and Family,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your wife. I can’t imagine losing a spouse, child or sibling. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Your friends at All Occasions.

  25. Patricia Reynolds says:

    I was shocked and saddened to read this. Sue was one of my classmates and I always loved her, she was a hoot! Prayer for her family and loved ones.

  26. Brenda Binns says:

    Praying for comfort and strenght.

  27. Sandy West says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers and I would love to hear Sue story.

  28. Sherry says:

    So sorry for your loss. May God be with you during this time.

  29. Lou Lambert says:

    Joe, I am sorry for your loss. We are praying for you.

  30. Stacy says:

    I’m sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, I didn’t know her, but I always read your news, and some of the situations you have been in over the years, I knew there had to be someone awesome beside you

  31. Virginia Robertson says:

    I am so so sorry for your loss! Thoughts and prayers to you and your family!!
    Virginia Robertson

  32. Tracy Maxwell says:

    I hate this for you, Joe. The Lord gave; the Lord taketh away. Blessed by the name of the Lord. At least she’s with him.

  33. Take care of yourself, Joe. Hope you will get to spend more time with
    Ben & Jenn.

  34. Jacque Davidson says:

    Prayers for your loss .

  35. Linda Barnes says:

    I’m so sorry Joe. I know you will miss her so badly. You and your family are in our prayers ??

  36. Pat Montgomery says:

    So very sorry Joe. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  37. Timothy Cater says:

    Joe, I had the privilege of meeting you wife once and it was a honor! My heart and prayers are with you.

  38. So sorry for your loss Joe!! May God comfort you during this time and keep remembering this is only a short Good-Bye and you will see her again soon.

  39. I never had the privilege of meeting Sue, but I’ve heard wonderful things about her over the years. I am so very sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and the rest of the family and friends. God bless you.

  40. So sorry to hear this. I had no clue she was sick.i didnt know Sue long but i did enjoy meeting her ,,

  41. Leslie Humphrey says:

    Joe.. I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family in the days to come.

  42. Kathy Lou Engelkes says:

    I’m so sorry Joe. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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