Julia Ellen Burnley Tilley

Oscoda, Michigan
April 23, 1923 - September 30, 2020

Obituary Notice

Julia Ellen Burnley Tilley, age 97, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at Iosco Medical Care Facility in Tawas, MI. Julia was born in McCracken County, KY on April 23, 1923 to the late Noble A. and Lucy E. (Hartley) Burnley. Julia was a strong and independent woman. These qualities were even furthered developed in her younger years when she worked on airplanes during World War II. Julia was part of the group of women more commonly known as “Rosie the Riveters”. Although she rarely spoke much of that time in her life, it helped form her into the wife and mother she later became. Julia worked for many, many years as a long distance operator at AT&T and then went on to work for South Central Bell as a business service instructor. She was a member of Greenbush Baptist Church where prayer, reading God’s word and serving as a Sunday school teacher was the foundation of her life. Julia enjoyed spending time outdoors and loved talking with her children over the phone; they were her pride and joy! She is survived by her children, Gregory, his Donna Blevins and Joy Weitzel; grandchildren, Jeffery Weitzel and Nicholas Weitzel; many nieces and nephews and many adopted friends who became family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Roy C. Tilley and sisters, Winifred Butkiewicz and Mary Lee Ross. You may offer your condolences to the family online at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.


So sorry to hear about Miss Julia! Greatful that I had the opportunity to know her. I loved her as a sister she is missed. Prayers for your family.
— Marcia Waszkiewicz
I can’t even begin to explain how sorry I am for your loss! She was such a special lady to me and my family! I loved her dearly and I’m so very glad I was able to spend some of her last moments with her! I will cherish that forever!! I have so many great memories of her throughout my life and she was an important person in most of my big events in my life, like my graduation, marriage, my sons birth, etc... Thank you for sharing her with us!! ❤️ We loved her so!!
— Natalie Ridgewell
I'm so sorry to hear about Julia's passing. She was a dear friend and I will miss her being there when ever I called her. She will not be forgotten.
— Gerry Riley
Miss Julia making her entrance into the Eternal Presence of her Lord and Savior. A venture she'd been desiring for a long time. It was a surprise to come upon her obit here, but as I read through it also was a blessing. Her presence has been missed here at the condos. My condolences to the family. She loved you so very much. God's Peace to one and all in Jesus' Holy Name Amen.
— Shirley Light
I met Julia at South Central Bell in Paducah, Ky, when I transfer from Louisville. She took me under her wing. She and I met two other girls that transfer in, Joyce Redden and Susan Brown, and the four of us were together a lot. We did many things like apartment hunting for the girls, eating together, and shopping. When she sold her house in Reidland and moved to a condo in Paducah, we helped her move, I bought her kitchen table and chairs and still using it today. She and I were very close, We both had daughters named Joy, talk about them all the time. She was a devout Christian lady that went to Church and had many Bibles in her home. She gave me one that her markings in it and I still have it today by my bed. I am sending money to Gideons for Bibles in her name. I know that is what she would want. Julia's Family are in my prayers GOD BLESS YOU ALL ALWAYS.
— Margie Weldon
Oh, Joy. I’m so sorry. She was a very interesting woman and she lived a good long life.
— Kimberly M Hayden
Joy, I knew your Mom in Paducah (Redland). She was friends w/ my Dad Clark for decades. She was a feisty, classy lady who loved the Lord. It has been years since I have seen her, and with a bittersweet emotion I read her obit. Missing her and yet, knowing that she is in the Presence of the Almighty God.
I think I met you in Paducah a long time ago. I offer condolences for your loss to you and your brother and the rest of your family. Would like to hear from you.
I know how it feels to lose one's mother. God Bless you.
— Carolyn Martin
I am just now reading “Miss Julia’s” obituary. I trust that her last hours were peaceful & know that she is in Heaven now with Our Lord. We loved having her for the twilight years of her life.
My favorite memory; A beautiful Christmas tree was in our condo Christmas gift exchange. I really wanted it, & Miss Julia & someone else wanted it too. In the end Miss Julia got it, & to my surprise she gave it to me. She brought the beautiful tree, & she wanted me to have it! I am forever grateful.
— Colleen Hatch
I am very sorry for your loss. My mother was Millie Bishop. I just learned today that she had passed away. One of friends, George Owens funeral was today. She was a faithful friend to my mom. She always sent beautiful cards & messages & would write “see you at the big house”. One classy lady. She will be missed. Loved her dearly.
— Reta Houser
Dear Joy, I met your mom here in Arizona in 2009 or 10. We took walks together and talked. We continued friendship afterword's, sending each other Birthday cards as I'm 3 days after hers. I loved her wisdom, honesty and our shared love of Jesus. I'm grateful for her advice and think of her often. Ms Julia was a special woman, and is missed. She talked of you often Joy cuz you & I have the cats. She loved her family very much. I know she's at peace.
— Ana A Budimir

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