Anchorage resident Betty L. Burns died, Friday, Oct. 17, 2008, in Casa Grande, Ariz., after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer for more than six years. She was 77.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at the Anchorage Moose Club.
Mrs. Burns was born April 19, 1931, in Warren, Pa., to Naldo and Cecil Garber. She graduated from Warren High School. She married Wendell Burns on Dec. 28, 1956, in Warren. Mrs. Burns worked as a telephone operator. In 1957 she traveled to Alaska over the Alaska Highway with her husband and young daughters. She retired from Anchorage Telephone Utility. Figure skating was always her passion and she taught the sport to school children, adult groups and the AMU hockey team. After their retirement Betty and Wendell traveled around the U.S. in their RV.
"They chose Val Vista RV Park because of the family oriented atmosphere and the caring people. They spent 22 winters in the Arizona sunshine that Betty loved so much. She made lifelong friends through her association with Good Sam Club, Tops Club and Red Hat Society," her family said. "Betty had a zest for life. She loved to travel and never met a stranger. Her dazzling smile and sparkling eyes welcomed all who crossed her path. She was a nurturer who cared deeply for her family and friends. The greatest gift she bequeathed to her daughters and grandchildren were to love life and embrace it to the fullest."
She is survived by her husband of 52 years; daughters, Dixie Gillespie and her husband, Brian, of Peters Creek, Debbie McCree and her husband, Robert, of Kenai and Cecile Burns of Wenatchee, Wash.; grandchildren, Stephanie, Corey, Misty, MacKenzie, Austin and Tyler; great-grandchildren, RaShae and Cassius; sister, Carolyn Grosch and her husband, Russell, of Clarendon, Pa. and their children Debbie (Church), Darren and Gail; brothers-in-law, Larry Burns and his wife, Mary, of Brookston, Pa., and their children Cindy (Wargo), Linda (Young) and Bobby and Fred Burns and his wife, Lewellyn, of Bradenton, Fla., and their children, Susan (Schwartz), Craig, Wendy (Mead) and Karen (Olsen).
The family suggests that memorial donations be made to RTA Hospice and Palliative Care, 1675 East Monument Plaza Drive, Casa Grande, AZ 85222 or any Hospice organization of the donor's choice.
Arrangements were made with Science Care of Phoenix, Ariz.
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