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Michele "Mikki" Burns


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Michelle Burns  
Michele "Mikki" Burns, 58, died May 6 at South Peninsula Hospital. Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, June 1, at Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church, 1714 S. Reserve, Missoula, Mont. Pastor Don Kelley will officiate.

Ms. Burns was born Oct. 22, 1943 in Vancouver, Wash. She was educated through high school. She lived in Missoula until moving in 1974 to Spokane, Wash. She moved in 1982 to Alaska, living in Anchorage, Seward and Homer. She left Alaska in 1998 to return to Missoula, Mont. to be closer to her mother, sisters, brothers and friends. She returned to Alaska recently to be with her children and grandchildren before she died. Ms. Burns worked as a food server all of her adult life.

She loved people, cooking, being outdoors, hanging out with her family and loved to work hard. She was also a big football and baseball fan.

Her family said, "Mikki was a beautiful person inside and out. She was a wonderful mama, the bestest friend, incredible sister, loving daughter and the coolest grandma. She was a very giving person, loved Jesus and loved to make people happy. She loved being a grandma. He grandchildren adored her. She was the hardest worker and had an infectious smile. She made the best biscuits and gravy. She fought her battle with cancer with so much strength. She had the best attitude and was always more concerned about everyone else more than herself. We will miss our love magnet so much."

Ms. Burns is survived by her children, Shannon Williams of Anchorage, Kelly Clapp of Homer and Scott Conn of Twin Lake, Mich.; grandchildren, Kody and Damien Williams, Tanner Comoza, Jaime and Kyle Clapp, Stanley and Katie Conn; sisters and brothers, Laverne Roberts of McCall, Idaho, Sue Ballas of French Town, Mont., Kay Tybo of Burbank, Wash., Charlotte Petty of Billings, Mont., Wayne Burns of Bothel, Wash., Paula Oertli of Hamilton, Mont., Benny Burns of Missoula, Mont., Rawna Fay Bosh of Bothel, Wash., Lanelle Burns of Hot Springs, Mont., Danny Burns of Seattle, Wash., Cliff Burns of Burbank, Wash., and Ryan Burns of Alturas, Calif. She is also survived by her mother, Letha Burns of Burbank, Wash.

Memorial donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society, Central Peninsula Unit, P.O. Box 2165, Kenai 99611. Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapels of Kenai and Homer.