|Birth: ||Feb. 21, 1930|
|Death: ||May 21, 2010|
Lena Belle Burleson Heard, 80, passed from labor to reward on Friday, May 21, 2010 after a brief, courageous, faith-filled battle with pancreatic cancer.
She was born Feb. 21, 1930 in San Marcos, to the late Willie Gaston Burleson and Willie Mae Hardeman Burleson.
Upon graduating from high school, she attended Prairie View A&M University and Peoples Business College in Austin.
She married Isaiah Henry (I.H.) Heard Jr. and moved to Bloomington where she resided for 55 years.
She dedicated over 35 years of service to Bloomington Independent School District as an administrative assistant, tax assessor collector and payroll clerk. In addition, she served the community as a Notary Public.
Lena was a member of First Baptist Church, San Marcos as a youth and of Morning Star Baptist Church, Bloomington as an adult.
Lena was a woman of faith, true kindness, generosity and love.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is Love. 1 Corinthians 13:13.
Lena is survived by her daughters Susan Lynn Heard Holloman and husband Henry Holloman of Bloomington; Lisa Yvonne Heard Clark and husband Brian O. Clark of Kingwood; her daughter-in-law, whom she loved as a daughter, Kathy Ann Robinson Heard of Port Lavaca; her sister Carolyn Jo Burleson Ross and husband Hank Ross of San Antonio; her sister-in-law Nelvia Burleson of San Marcos; her brother-in-law Vance Heard and wife Beulah Heard and her aunt Lula Burleson Branch and husband Rev. Harold Branch, all of Corpus Christi.
Her five grandchildren, whom she cherished like precious jewels, are Jason H. Holloman and wife Sharrisse of Rosenberg; Brianna Y. Clark of Waco; Amber R. Heard of Port Lavaca; Lena S. Clark of Nacogdoches and Kaitlyn F. Heard of Port Lavaca.
She is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews who cherished her deeply for her loving kindness and genuine concern for their well being.
Lena was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, brothers Vernon and Robert Burleson, infant daughter, DeAnn Heard and her beloved son David H. Heard.
The family wishes to acknowledge her many wonderful friends and neighbors who called, visited and prayed for her.
Special thanks to Dr. Sanjeev Bhatia and his staff of Victoria, Citizens Medical Center - 3rd floor Healthcare staff of Victoria; St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital - 21st floor healthcare staff in the Texas Medical Center of Houston and The Vosswood Nursing Center of Houston for their loving kindness and quality care during her brief illness.
The family will receive friends for visitation between the hours of 6 and 8 p.m. today at Grace Funeral Home, Victoria.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 29 at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 4102 N. Ben Jordan, Victoria with Rev. Jospeh Huff, Douglas King and Rev. Frank Heard officiating.
Interment will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 30 in San Marcos-Blanco Cemetery on Post Road in San Marcos.
Pallbearers are Brian Burleson, Mychal Ross, Stanley King, David Rush, Kenneth Burleson, Alex Estrada, Myron Charleston and Robert King, Jr.
Honorary pallbearers are Jess Malone, Bobby King, Earest "Chink" White, Warren White, Charles Earnest King, Jordan King, Felton White, Billy Ray King and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens.
"Death has been swallowed by Victory. Where, O death is your victory? Where, O death is your sting?"
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 16:54-58.
Grace Funeral Home, (361) 573-4341, 2401 Houston Highway, Victoria, in charge of arrangements.
San Marcos Daily Record, May 28, 2010
Willie Gaston Burleson (1903 - 1985)
Willie Mae Hardeman Burleson (1906 - 1999)
San Marcos-Blanco Cemetery
Created by: Marilyn Gibbons
Record added: Aug 08, 2010
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