Sandra “Sandi” Burns


Sandra “Sandi” Burns


Sandi Burns
Sandi Burns

Sandra “Sandi” Burns was born to Alexander and Natalie (Dolly) Michael Weber in Tacoma, Washington on Dec. 21, 1942. She grew up in Billings, Montana and graduated from Billings Senior High School in 1961. After high school, Sandi married James Lynn Burns and had two sons, Brandon and Brett. On her 25th birthday, Jim was killed in the Vietnam war leaving Sandi to raise her sons, now ages 3 and 4, alone.

Working, parenting and starting college kept her busy for over 10 years. Sandi obtained two master’s degrees in Counseling Psychology and worked at Billings Mental Health Center and in private practice. She became a pioneer in treating children of abuse and coordinating teamwork approaches. She was frequently honored for her work by her peers and the community.

Although plagued by many chronic, long term health issues, Sandi persevered with great will and desire to make the most of her life. Sandi loved life, people had a pleasing personality and was blessed with many friends. She appreciated the friends who often came to see her while in hospice and her final journey.

She is predeceased by her parents, Natalie (Dolly) and Alex Weber. She is survived by her brother Doug Weber (Laura) Peoria, AZ and sons Brandon Burns and Brett Burns (Erika), grandchildren Brenna Burns Rickoff, Tyler Burns, Sydney Burns and Cameron Burns.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Thursday in the Kathy Lillis Chapel, St. John’s Campus with interment in Sunset Memorial Gardens.


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  1. We are sorry for your loss. she is now reunited with her love ones and is at peace from
    Lori Sorenson, Melanie Edmonds

  2. Connie Schreiner Morse

    Doug-I am so sorry to read about Sandi -Least shes not in pain anymore-You take care-Connie Schreiner Morse

  3. Dear Doug & Laura, Brandon, Brett & Erika, Brenna, Tyler, Sydney, and Cameron —

    I have known your mother, sister, and grandmother all of my life. It is so hard to lose a loved one. Cherish your special times and remember her cute smile and wonderful laugh. Keep her close in your heart always.

    Love, Cousin Nedra

  4. Judy Graham (minoot)

    Sandi has been my friend since we were 16 years old. What a warm and caring friend she has always been. God bless her and all who are left behind. I will miss her and our time together in Arizona.

  5. Glennie (Dawson) Kehrwald

    I have been friends with your Mom & Grandmother since grade school at Washinton Elementary. We were some of the first students in the newly built Lewis & Clark Jr. High where she was a cheerleader for the Scouts as well as active in other school activities. I have fond memories of walking home from L&C together to our homes one street away from each other and chatting & giggling all the way . I will always have in my mind’s eye the vision of her long blonde pony tail swinging back & forth as she walked. Through high school & into our adult lives we remained in touch. My 3 year old Son & I spent Christmas with her & her boys at her condo in the Phoenix area. My son is now 44.
    The main thing I want to express to you all is the absolute admiration I had for Sandi becaudse she could always laugh & love no matter what her hardships and there were many, as you know. We have lost a great spirit in Sandi but her memories will always be with us. I’m thankful she is now at peace and thankful that she was in my life….what a blessing! God’s blessings to you all.
    Glennie (Dawson) Kehrwald

  6. Doug and Laura,we are so sorry for your loss. We had a nice long visit with Sandi in April. She still had her great sense of humor and a positive outlook. Remember all the good times.

    Mike and Gloria Blotkamp

  7. I am your cuz Barb Weber Hickson. I visited with Sandi a few times, with me being 1 of the younger cuz, I just had to tell Sandi she was my hero when I was growing up. I always remembered her long hair in a pony tail and a skirt of the 50-60’s. It was not until recently that Sandi had dated my step-brother Gary Weil. I told her in our visits that she had made a difference in my life. The storm came today, but I am going to head up there and at least see u at the end any how.
    Cuz Barb

  8. Since 2nd grade at Washington School, Sandi has been a friend. I know she will be missed by many friends and family. I also know there were many friends and family waiting for her on “the other side” who cheered her arrival as she left our sight. You can bet Jim was waiting for her and the two of them picked right up from where they left off and are having a heavenly blast. They were a fun couple always laughing and kidding each other; I’m sure they are back at it. As we mourn her loss, may everyone also celebrate her new beginning.

  9. We are sorry to hear of your loss. We loved Sandi very much, she was a very special person and she will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Love, Janine and Michele Limpp

  10. My heart is sadden at the loss of such a beautiful compassionate friend and mentor. I would not be the person I am today without the loving support and help I received from Sandi. The world was a better place when she was walking on Mother Earth. I will miss her and am so sorry for your loss.

  11. I feel both honored & blessed to have known Sandi for 21 years. She was a gift to all. I was able to visit Sandi during her stay in Hospice and despite her illnesses she still maintained her signature positivity & honesty. I will never forget this woman. She changed my life. My sincerest condolences to the family. She will be missed

  12. Lorraine (Heimbichner) Steinmetz

    I met Sandi in our freshman yr at Lewis and Clark. I was new and didn’t know any of the kids. Sandi just drew me in and we became friends thru high school. After school, I moved out of Montana but she and I hooked up again about two yrs ago when I found out she also lived in the Phoenix valley (I live in Peoria) We also met up w/Tom Brown and some others fm BSH. I related some funny stories about Sandi and I-things we had done in HS, ones that she had forgotten, but we all got a good laugh, especially her. I am so glad that she hung on not only to make her 70th birthday, but Mother’s Day. I will always remember her.

  13. Loreen Craig Folsom

    Sandi was my good friend in junior high when she lived on Foster Lane and I moved to Concord Drive. We had many teenage escapades together before I moved to Missoula in 1958. We’ve been in touch off and on through the years, by email and a few in-person visits. Long-time friends are special in a way that no other can be. I will always miss her.

  14. many may know you by friend, grandma, etc. but I know you as the greatest mother who ever lived. You put up with me and my antics through all of it and was there for me in the end. I can never tell you how much I love you MOM. Please rest in peace. you deserve it. Brandon

    1. Brandon, did you just enter this comment? Sandi was my good friend during junior high in Billings. Although I didn’t see her much during our adult years and never met you or other members of your family, I was always comforted by knowing that she was on the earth. I do miss her.

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