Monica Elaine Burgess, 57, of Mount Vernon, Illinois passed away at 7:06 A.M. February 12, 2018 at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon, Illinois. She was born January 6, 1961 in Mount Vernon, Illinois to Hollie Ray Laur & Donna Kay (Casey) Joy. She married Eddie Burgess on August 27, 1985 in Mount Vernon, Illinois and they have celebrated 32 blessed years of marriage together.
Mrs. Burgess is survived by her husband, Eddie Burgess of Mount Vernon, Illinois; father, Hollie Ray Laur of Bonnie, Illinois; mother, Donna Joy of Mount Vernon, Illinois; children, Dakota Burgess, Christopher Burgess, Carl Ryan Simmons and wife, Melissa, Tonya Simmons, Shawn Burgess, and Tony Burgess; grandchildren, Sierra Campbell, Katilyn Simmons, Gage Dautel, Desmond Burgess, Hallie Provart, and Brenna Provart; brothers, Jody Wayne Laur of Woodlawn, Illinois and Stephen Curtis Laur of Dix, Illinois; father-in-law, Eber Burgess of Keenes, Illinois; aunts and uncles, Glenn and Elaine Jeffery of Livermore, California, Stephen Smith and wife, Kay of Carmi, Illinois, Max and Becky Harmon of Thompsonville, Illinois, Gene and Karen Fields of DeHinda, Illinois, David and Diana Higgins of Waltonville, Illinois, Alan and Tammy Reeker of Mount Vernon, Illinois, and Harvey and Debbie Webb of Mount Vernon, Illinois; grandmother, Betty Isaacs of Mount Vernon, Illinois; good friend, Vora Bertram of Norris City, Illinois; best friend, Bernice “Kitty” Baumgarner; and loyal dog, Cricket.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Michael Ray Laur; uncle, Michael Smith; step-father, Jack “J.C.” Taylor; and maternal and fraternal grandparents.
Monica worked as a Certified Nurse’s Assistant for Good Samaritan Hospital, the local nursing homes, and in private care. She enjoyed gardening and attended the Baptist church in Norris City, Illinois. She was very much loved and will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Greeting of Family and Friends: 5:00 P.M. until Memorial Service time, 7:00 P.M. Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois
Memorials: American Cancer Society or the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation