Pauline Hundley (Paula) Burgess, 89, humbly yet triumphantly finished her race and entered into her well-deserved rest on April 18, 2017.
Paula was born July 31, 1927 in Lebanon, Kentucky to Thomas Jefferson and Wadie Caudill Hundley. Upon graduating high school, she moved to Louisville and began a long career as an accountant. She worked for a number of companies, most notably the Creasey Company, where she rose from a part-time bookkeeper to become the Director of Retail Accounting, and Deming Malone Livesay & Ostroff, where she was Firm Administrator. Her meticulous attention to detail and uncompromising standards made her the consummate professional, and her commitment to her co-workers was such that many still spoke of her mentorship -- and her homemade birthday cakes -- decades after her retirement.
Music was a joy in Paula's life. She played the piano, sang beautifully, and shared those gifts generously. She sang for a time with the Louisville chapter of Sweet Adelines International and in her church choir alongside her husband Jim, with whom she created a truly harmonious household.
Paula was a 55-year member of Christ Church United Methodist in Louisville, where she worshipped and served faithfully in many capacities. She was a pillar of the Adventurers Sunday School class and dedicated herself to charitable projects great and small, from carefully clipping and saving product labels for the Labels for Education program to preparing regular meals for the Portland Promise Center and leading mission trips to assist those in need throughout the world. As she grew older, she refused to allow physical or other limitations to hamper her service; when she could no longer swing a hammer for Habitat for Humanity, she made and delivered hot lunches to the workers instead.
Paula's deeply rooted, genuine selflessness was the defining characteristic of her life and her great gift to others. Her tireless devotion to family extended to relatives, friends, professional colleagues, casual acquaintances or anyone at all whom she might serve in some way. As her health declined and she was forced to accept assistance more than she provided it, her radiant smile and cheerful disposition endured throughout and continued to bless everyone around her. She was one whom the Lord certainly greeted immediately with, "Well done, good and faithful servant."
Paula was predeceased by her parents; her beloved husband of 67 years, Jim; and her three dear sisters, Elizabeth Glasscock (Harold); Thelma Lankford (Nash) and Nora Lea Benedict (Vivian). She is survived by daughter Debby Burdette (Mike); son Dan Burgess (Cyndy); grandchildren Emman Chapman (Jade), Christy Chapman, Matthew Burgess (Arlyn), and Christopher Burgess (Ruthie); great-grandchildren Caleb Isaac and Savanna Zoe Chapman, and Nancy Lee and Sammie James Burgess; and a number of the world's best nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Visitation will be Thursday, April 27 at Pearson's Funeral Home at 149 Breckenridge Ln. in St. Matthews from 3 - 8 p.m., with the funeral on Friday, April 28 at noon at Christ Church United Methodist at 4614 Brownsboro Road, Louisville. Burial will be in Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park in New Albany, Indiana.
Paula asked that any memorial gifts be made to the Portland Promise Center in west Louisville or Henderson Settlement in Frakes, KY.
Published on April 24, 2017