Judith Ellen Burnette

Judith Ellen Burnette

Judith Ellen Burnette

Judith Ellen Burnette left us to continue her spiritual journey on the night of the summer solstice, June 21, 2019.

Judy was born July 24, 1941, in Dowagiac, to parents, "Bill" Burnette and Edna (Bahm) Burnette, and grew up in the rural farm community of Keeler, Mich. She attended Keeler Grade School, Hartford High School and Southwestern Michigan College.

She moved from Southwest Michigan in the mid-1970s and made her home in the Appalachian Mountains near Asheville, N.C. She never forgot her "farm roots," continuing for many years to raise and process vegetables to provide her family during the winter. She enjoyed daily visits from hummingbirds that were attracted to her much-treasured flower garden.

Judy studied Appalachian Folklore and Native American history, becoming a colonial pioneer reenactor, making her own clothing to attend reenactments and rendezvous across the country. She collected Native American beads and became known as "Badger Woman," crafting and selling original jewelry and other items she made from that time period.

Judy loved writing poetry, with "Letter to God" and "Christmas Past," among her many poems, were recited at her memorial celebration. She had the musical gift of "playing by ear" and learned to play the dulcimer to accompany her singing of Appalachian folk songs. Judy loved both her visits back to Southwest Michigan and her children, and family visiting her in Asheville.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents; and her beloved brothers, Carl and Michael.

Judy is survived by son, Christopher (Deborah) Winans of Richmond, Va.; daughter, Amy Muth (and partner Sylvie Obidowski) of Acworth, Ga.; sister, Pat Burnette of St. Joseph; her grandchildren, Benjamin (Emery) Winans, Rebekah Winans and Ana (Joshua) Fleming; and nephew, Grant (Kristina) Root of Coloma.