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.