Judy E. (Eads) Burns - age 76 of Gallatin, MO., passed away Thursday morning, March 16th, 2023 in Gallatin. Judy was born on September 30th,1946 to Grover and Dorothy (Moulin) Eads in Jameson, MO. At a very young age, Judy found she was a natural in the kitchen. She spent countless hours in the kitchen helping her mother cook and bake. Growing up, she was an active member of the Jameson Baptist Church. Judy was a graduate of Jameson High School in 1964. After she graduated, she took her first job in the banking business in Kansas City.
When Judy wasn’t working and spending time with her family, she would spend time with her friends at Dulley’s Shop. Just so happens, that’s also where Jerry Burns would spend his time. Jerry and Judy quickly fell head over heels for each other. They would spend time cruising in Jerry’s GTO, which may have even led to a few races. Judy being the caring woman she was, would even have Jerry pick up her siblings to go joyriding in the GTO. On May 17th, 1964 Jerry and Judy were married at the Jameson Baptist Church. After the two were married, Judy came back to Gallatin to work for First National Bank and continued her banking career for another 50 years.
Jerry and Judy bought a small farm outside of Gallatin where they began their family. They had 3 wonderful children: Janet, Gene, and Jason. They spent several years following their kids in multiple endeavors including, sporting events, furthering their education and raising them to be hard working accountable employees. Family was everything to Judy. Becoming a grandmother was one of her greatest accomplishments. She would spend every Sunday in the kitchen working her magic and cooking a large meal for her kids and grandkids to enjoy.
Judy was diagnosed in April of 2019 with cancer. Even when given devastating news, Judy held her head high and continued to show us that beautiful smile that could light up a room. She made sure family traditions were always continued. If there was a great grandchild’s ball game, she was there. If there was a baby shower, she was there. If there was a holiday, there was a family dinner. She did not let cancer hold her down and define her.
Judy was a devoted and loving wife, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. For anyone who knows Judy, you know, Jerry and her family were her entire world. After Jerry passed, there wasn’t a day that passed by that she didn’t miss Jerry. She talked about him every single day. Judy is no longer fighting, no longer in pain, and no longer missing the love of her life. Judy has been reunited with her life long partner Jerry, and is smiling and looking down on all of us.
Judy was preceded in death by her parents; husband Jerry Burns (Judy); brothers Grover Eugene Eads and Michael Lee Eads. She is survived by her children, Janet Rhoades (Larry) of Gallatin MO., Gene Burns (Amy) of Gallatin, MO., and Jason Burns (Tanya) of Gallatin, MO.; six grandchildren, Dennelle Caldwell (Luke) of Altamont, MO., Robert Rhoades (Nicole) of Gallatin, MO., Bradley Rhoades (Kasey) of Gallatin, MO., Ashley Adkinson (Matt) of Kansas City, MO., Dylan Burns (Julie) of Gallatin, MO., and Logan Burns of Kansas City, MO; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Deena Eads (Eric Munson) of Wheeling, MO.; nieces, nephews and other extended family members also survive.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Kicking Cancer with Kindness in care of the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, March 21, 2023, at Stith Funeral Home, in Gallatin. The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, the evening prior Monday, March 20th, 2023 at the funeral home. Friends may call after 11:00 am Monday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Gallatin. Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of Stith Funeral Home in Gallatin (660) 663-2117. Online guestbook at www.stithfamilyfunerals.com.
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