Heather Colleen Church


Posted: Thursday, September 01, 2005

Lifelong Alaska resident Heather Colleen Church died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2005, at her home in Kenai. She was 52.

At the family's request, no formal services will be held. A celebration of life and a memorial potluck will be held all day Friday, Sept. 2, at the family's residence. For further information, call 283-4819.

Mrs. Church was born Nov. 15, 1952, in Anchorage to William Burnett and Mary Priest. She married Jeff Church on Sept. 8, 1983. Mrs. Church worked for numerous airlines throughout the late 1970s, including Braniff, and also throughout the mid-80s as a receptionist for Burnett and Associates (Burnett and Hammer.)

"She was an excellent wife and mother, an exquisite chef, loved camping, reading, road trips and gardening," her family said.

"When I think of my mother, I always remember having a blast. I will remember her for all the wild stories, funny jokes, her excellent home-cooked meals and her love for the games, Scrabble and Tetris. I will never forget her passion for and the fun she had outdoors. We have always had a beautiful garden and flowers growing."

Mrs. Church was preceded in death by her father, William Burnett; and sister, Renee Kensinger.

She is survived by her husband, Jeff Church of Kenai; daughter, Jacquelyn Church of Kenai; mother, Mary Priest of West Virginia; sister, Donnie Kipps of West Virginia; sisters and brothers-in-law, Victoria and Brian Skully of Minnesota and Valerie and Bob Wilson of Florida; brothers, Bill Burnett of Seattle and David Burnett of Kenai; nieces and nephews, Tara Schmakel and Brandi Hegel of Minnesota, Brooke Colello and Brianne Wilson of Florida; Holley Graffius and Kyra Burnett of West Virginia, Rebecca Kensinger of Kenai, William and Michael Burnett of Kenai, Travis Burnett of Kenai, Trent Burnett of Nikiski, Joseph Kensinger of Colorado, Marcus Kensinger of Kenai, Billy Kensinger of Tennessee and Phillip Kensinger of Kenai; and numerous friends.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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