Laura Elizabeth Burkett

BurkettLaura Elizabeth Burkett was born in Texas City, Texas, and she resided for the next fifteen years in Dickinson, Texas. In Dickinson she was especially fortunate to know a loving community and wonderful neighbors, some of whom remained her friends for the rest of her life. Laura was truly a product of small-town life, a life that she enjoyed until she and her mother moved to Clear Lake City, Texas. There she flourished and made friends easily, graduating from Clear Creek High School, attended Stephen F. Austin, and in 1988 graduated from the University of Houston in 1988.

For a time Laura worked in Galveston, Texas with handicapped children, and, finally, for a retail business on the Strand. When her employers moved operations to California, Laura’s love of sand, sun and ocean lured her along with them. Later, Laura earned her real estate license and was an agent—first for Sotheby’s in Brentwood, and then for Keller-Williams in Marina Del Rey. Her people skills, and the joy she got out of helping clients, were crucial to her team’s success; together the team ranked first in the nation in real estate sales.

Laura is survived by a wealth of loving family and friends: her mother (Janet Paris), her sisters and their husbands (Teresa and Fred Bourgoise, Linda and Gary Pritchard), a nephew and niece (Tyler Bourgoise and Kelsey Pritchard), and dear friends, Edward Hopf., Clary Milburn, Laura Ruscelli, Dr. Vincent Ruscelli and Jesse Weinberg.  Laura was preceded in death by her father, Dr. Robert Lee Burkett and her brother, Robert “Bobby” Burkett.

When Laura died unexpectedly on November 30, 2015, in Marina Del Ray, we thought God must have needed a little more sunshine. Though we miss her terribly, we, her family, are grateful for the 50 years we shared with her.

Laura’s remains were interred with her father and her brother at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson, TX. A celebration of Laura’s life will take place at Crowder’s Funeral Home (Hwy 646 at 517W in Dickinson) at 12:30pm, Friday, December 11, 2015.


  1. I am so deeply saddened and shocked by the sudden passing of Laura. She was a lifelong friend that I valued and loved for decades. It was an honor to grow up across the street from her and her family back when Colonial Estates was a magical place to live. My life is filled with many happy and wonderful memories of her that I will carry with me the rest of my life.
    My condolences to her family. She was loved by many lifelong friends.
    Sam Newman

    Sam Newman
  2. Laura had a wonderful smile. She always had something nice to say. There were good vibes when she was around. Very saddened to hear about her passing.
    My condolences to the family. She will be missed.

    Richard McDowell, Jr.

    Richard McDowell, Jr.
  3. I had known Laura from a very young age, around 2 I believe. So many memories flood my mind when I think of her. All the time we played kicked ball in front of her house. The times we built the very best tents in her room. The trip to Arkansas she took with my family in the RV. So many more …She will be missed!! Love and prayers to her family.

    Susan Reid
  4. Although Laura was my cousin, and we all lived so far from each other, I never really got to know her in our older years.
    However, when we were kids, we would go to our Aunt Janet’s house in Dickenson,Tx and we would have such great fun together. Little Bobbie,Teresa,Linda, and Laura, my sister, and brother, all of us loading up in the station wagon going to Six Flags, Astroworld, San Jacinto, gosh so many explorations. Laura was such a cutie, and was always making us laugh.
    I am so sorry for her death, may she find peace with our Lord and Saviour.
    Love Always,
    Kathy Willig Scott

  5. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.

    Steve Remollino and Earl DeGeer, Jr.
  6. Sending light and love to family, friends and all of you in Texas from Southern California…

    The loss is shocking, devastating, and I wish peace for you all.

    Rhonda DeVictor
    Keller Williams Beverly Hills
    (formerly KW Marina/LA)

    Rhonda DeVictor
  7. I (along with many others) use to deliver to Laura. She would get Burketted every other night.
    We all keep on her legacy by guzzling Titos and smokes in her honor.

  8. Just heard the about Laura’s passing and very sadden at the news. we met while working in the clothing industry in Galveston. Laura always had a smile and friendly word. She will be missed

    Bill Cochran

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