Amanda Jane Burnside Dean died June 28, 2022, at home with her family by her side. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 30, 2022, at 11:00 AM at Jesus the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Monroe, LA, celebrated by the Very Reverend Michael Thang’wa and Reverend John Mabray. Visitation will take place before the service beginning at 9:30 AM. Rite of Christian Burial will be held at Legion Memorial Cemetery in Newellton, LA at 2:00 PM.
Amanda was born December 16, 1945, in Vicksburg, MS, to Ben and Virginia Burnside and grew up in her beloved family home on Franklin Plantation in Newellton, LA, with her sister, Helen Hester, and brother, Benny. Their special southern childhood is memorialized in “Glory Days,” the book she wrote in 2015. July 29th of this year would have marked the 55th anniversary of her marriage to George Dean in 1967 at St Joseph’s Catholic Church in St. Joseph, LA. They met at LSU where she was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority, graduating with a Degree in Family and Community Living. She chose this curriculum because it did not require “Math 7,” which she didn’t need anyway, as she was always able to crunch numbers, compute time and distance, and perform mathematical calculations by simply flicking her fingers. Together they raised their three children, Courtney, Ginny, and Benjamin and were blessed with five grandchildren: Chip, George and Burns Tucker and Walker and Annie Dean, who affectionately knew her as “Honey.” True to her heritage as a southern lady, she was an accomplished cook, decorator, licensed florist and gardener. She also enjoyed sewing, needlework and oil painting. She devoted her life to her home and family. Every year she orchestrated the family Christmas celebrations at home, the Easter and Fourth of July holidays at the family camp on Lake Bruin and snow skiing trips to their home in Taos, NM. She enjoyed a good whiskey sour and could cut a mean two step around a Taos dance floor. She never met a stranger and found goodness in everyone and everything. Honey will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ben Patton Burnside, Sr. and Virginia Williams Burnside; her brother, Ben Patton Burnside, Jr.; brother-in-law, Jerry Don Head; and brother-in-law, Bryan William Dean.
She is survived by her husband, George Benjamin Dean, Jr.; daughter, Courtney Jane Dean; daughter and son-in-law, Virginia Burnside Dean Tucker and Charles Irving Tucker, Jr.; son and daughter-in-law, Benjamin Bryan Dean and Sara Katherine Waggoner Dean; grandchildren, Charles Irving Tucker, III; George Dean Tucker; Benjamin Burnside Tucker; George Walker Dean, and Virginia Ann Dean; sister and brother-in-law, Helen Hester Burnside Kifer and Nathan Odell Kifer, Jr.; sister-in-law, Carolyn Wallace Burnside; sister-in-law, Sharon Pevey Dean; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.
Pallbearers are Justin Coleman Bishop, Ben Patton Burnside, III, Kenny Ray Harris, James Coates Head, Walker Burnside Head, and John Alan Williams, Jr.
Honorary Pallbearers are Fred Amman, Jim Andras, Bob Cudd, John Wayne Jewell, Jay Morris, Owen Moses, Emmett Sole, Nat Troy, Alan Williams, and Jimmy Woods.
The family would like to thank the doctors and staff at MD Anderson and Elara Hospice Care.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to St. Vincent de Paul Pharmacy or the charity of your choice.