Marie passed away peacefully in her sleep in the early morning hours of Saturday, March 6th. 2021.
Lydia Marie Burdin was born the oldest of 3 children on a farm in Paris, TN on April 19th, 1932 to Arthur and Ora Burdin. She was the oldest of 3 children, she is preceded in death by her brother Billy and she leaves behind her dear sister and best friend, Peggy Marie worked very hard growing up on the farm and was an outstanding student. She graduated from high school in Paris, the valedictorian of her Senior class.
After her high school graduation, she moved to Memphis to attend an all girls college. It was there that she met a young handsome sailor named Don Pelton. They were soon married and had 5 children in 5 different States! (Janet, Tom, Donna, David & Cindy) In 1971 the family moved to Richmond, CA to start up a new church - The Arlington Baptist Church. She loved being the preacher’s wife and full time mom. Every Sunday morning, her 5 children were always in their Sunday best with every hair in place and the girls with ringlets in their hair, all lined up to greet the congregation. After her divorce in the late 70’s, Marie suddenly had to enter the workforce for the first time. She went on to have a successful career managing the budget department at the Oakland Army/Navy base until she retired in 1994. It was there that she uncovered multiple areas of substantial government overspending that earned her recognition in the form of cash awards and was featured in the local newspaper.
In July of 1999, God sent her an incredible gift. Ben Wimberley showed up on her doorstep and asked her on a date. 6 months later they were married and honeymooned in France. Ben was a wonderful husband who showed her the world. He was by her side until the end and gave her a happy, wonderful life.
Marie was an incredibly smart, beautiful and strong woman who never lost her sense of humor. She loved being surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved the holidays and spending time outdoors, enjoying her beautiful yard and flowers. She thoroughly enjoyed beating everyone in her family at a game of Canasta. A devout Christian, Marie practiced her faith daily and attended Church regularly.
Marie is survived by her loving husband, Ben, her children Janet, Tom, Donna, David and Cindy, her 13 grandchildren, Joy, Jennifer, John, Jamie, Rachel, Timothy, Tiffany, Tiara, Christina, Amanda, Joseph, Kristin and Alicia and her 17 great grandchildren, Ransom, August, Sienna, Sam, Olivia, Caleb, Joshua, Beatrice, Harriet, Leona, Lizzy, Riley, Justin, Addyson, Jayden, Emma and Abigail. She also leaves behind Ben’s 2 children, Jimmy and Lisa and his 2 grandchildren, Nicole and Daniel.
The family would like to send a special thank you to the caregivers at Bright Star for their care and compassion during her final days and the loving support of her church family at Eastside Church of Christ in Antioch, CA.
The family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation in Marie’s name in lieu of flowers.
A small graveside service will be held on Friday, March 26th in Dixon, CA followed by a celebration of the life of Lyndia Marie Wimberly. For details regarding the celebration of life, contact Cindy at 702-419-1617.
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