Brenda Lee Burns, the daughter of Duane and Shirley (Johnson) Burns was born on May 16, 1960 in Langdon, North Dakota. She died at the age of 53 years on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at the Trinity Medical Center in Minot, North Dakota from injures suffered in a one motor vehicle accident on Thursday, November 7th near Rugby, North Dakota.
Brenda was raised in the homes of her parents, first in York, North Dakota, then Mandan, North Dakota and Rugby, North Dakota where she graduated from high school, the class of 1979. Following high school, she earned her Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Minot State College then furthered her studies at Northwestern Bible College in Minot, graduating from there with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology & Biblical Studies. At the time of her death, Brenda was completing her Master’s Degree requirements in Theology & Divinity from a Christian University in Missouri, via correspondence. Brenda worked several years in the retail business in Rugby including the Ben Franklin Store and Rugby Hardware Hank, while serving the congregations of Knox Community Church and the Lebanon Lutheran Church in Leeds as their pastor. In addition to serving her congregations, Brenda was Chaplain for the Heart of America Medical & Care Centers and the Haaland Estates.
Brenda dearly loved her ministry work, never tired of volunteering, greatly enjoyed music, loved going fishing with her nephew, Jonathon, and treasured the companionship and dinners with Balzer.
She is survived by her parents of Rugby; one sister, JoAnn (Mitch Amble) Burns of Rugby; nephew, Jonathon Burns of Rugby; companion and closest friend, Balzer Welk of Rugby; an aunt, Adeline Erb of Minot; several cousins, other relatives and many, many friends. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Alfred and Olena Johnson and Roger and Patsy Burns; a nephew, Samuel Burns; an aunt, Delores Harmel; three uncles, Raymond Arlien, LaVerne Harmel & Kenny Erb; great uncles, Raymond & Cecil Burns; and a great aunt, Louise Baker.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, November 14th at First Lutheran Church in Rugby. Burial will be in the Pleasant Valley Brethren Cemetery, rural York, North Dakota at 2:30 p.m. Rev. Nathan Steen, Pastor of Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church, Rugby, officiate.
Organist: Pam Anderson
Vocalists: Arlene Johnson, Eldon Borgen & Carol Braaten
Casket Bearers: Mitch Amble, John Gustafson, Jeffrey Lingerfelt, Toby Armstrong, Jerry Harmel & Danny Selvig
Arrangements with the Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby. Online registry: funeralsbyanderson.com
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