Growing up in Highlands, I have always heard Lillian Burry’s name as a mover and shaker in the Bayshore.

I have always admired, appreciated and respected her for her efforts to preserve American history, particularly in Monmouth County. 

When I was in ROTC at the University of South Carolina, I continued to hear about all of her efforts on behalf of historic preservation not only in Matawan but also in Colts Neck.

During my years serving as a naval officer, I continued to be thankful for Freeholder Lillian Burry’s efforts to preserve American history, show appreciation for all our military, and still maintain Monmouth County’s beauty, tax rate, and numerous claims to fame.

Now retired from the Navy and a teacher, I strive to continue to teach the values Freeholder Director Burry long ago showed me are essential and necessary. Monmouth County is indeed fortunate to have her not only as a freeholder, but as director, and  tireless worker when it comes to the people of the county.


Tracie Smith-Yeoman
Bayville, NJ