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Shirley Ann Burns

Feb 13, 2021

June 1, 1940 – Feb. 2, 2021

Shirley Ann Burns, the

daughter of Alfred and

Olena (Asson) Johnson

was born on June 1, 1940

in Bottineau, North Dako-

ta. She went to her

heavenly home at the age

of 80 on Tuesday, Febru-

ary 2, 2021 at her family

home in Rugby, North


Shirley was raised in

Bottineau and her father

was a railroad worker, so

she attended my different

schools in Bottineau,

Sarles and York areas.

Shirley was united in

marriage to Duane Burns

on in June of 1959. To-

gether they were blessed

with two daughters, Bren-

da and JoAnn, whom she

adored. She was so hap-

py and proud when her

grandchildren were born,

Sammy and Jonathon and

later her great grandson,

Grayson. She worked in

the dietary departments at

both the Heart of America

Medical Center and the

Haaland Home in Rugby.

She loved all the residents

she worked with. If any-

one needed a laugh, a hug

or some love, Shirley had

enough to go around. She

loved to play cards, espe-

cially rummy with her

best friend, Eva Paulson.

Other things she enjoyed

and loved was camping,

especially shopping and

visiting wherever she

went. Shirley could put a

smile on your face if she

knew you or not. She at-

tended the Knox Lutheran

Church, when her

daughter was the minister

there and attended Glad

Tidings Assembly of God

Church in Rugby, when

she was able. She will be

missed by her family and


Shirley is survived by

her husband, Duane of

Rugby, daughter, JoAnn

Burns; grandson,

Jonathon (Shelby Groth)

Burns; great grandson,

Grayson Burns, all of Rug-

by; several nieces,

nephews; other relatives

and friends. She was pre-

ceded in death by her

daughter, Brenda Burns;

grandson, Sammy; sisters,

Adeline Erb and Delores

Harmel; brothers in in-

fancy; her

brothers-in-law, Raymond

Arlien, Kenny Erb and

LaVerne Harmel; her

parents and in-laws,

Roger and Patsy Burns.

Funeral services were

held at 1:00 p.m. Sunday,

February 7 at Glad Tid-

ings Assembly of God

Church in Rugby with

burial in the Pleasant Val-

ley Brethan Cemetery in

York. Pastor Nathan

Steen, officiating.

Due to Covid-19 res-

trictions, please follow the

guidelines of mandatory

facial coverings, social

distancing, hand hygiene

and staying home if not ­­well. ­

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