Frances Burt

June 3, 1929


October 28, 2020

Frances Burt

June 3, 1929


October 28, 2020

On June 3, 1929, Sylvia Frances Fields was born to William and Sylvia Fields at 938 Terry Ave. in Billings. She attended school in Billings and, upon graduation from Senior High, she worked for Continental Oil for several years. Frances and Lee Burt married in November of 1951 at First Christian Church. They had three children, Sheri, Steve and Colleen, in 3 ½ years. She was a woman who knew how to multitask!

Our mother was an unparalleled mother and homemaker. Mom played catch with Steve every evening throughout the summers he was in Little League. She had quite an arm! She loved her gardens, especially her roses: she would rather dig in the dirt than vacuum any day, but somehow found time to do both! Mom sewed her own dresses as well as matching dresses for her young daughters for the holidays. She continued to design and sew special dresses throughout their school years and even made Sheri’s wedding dress.

Mom helped lead Pioneer Girls’ Club at Covenant Church and was President of the Christian Women’s Club. In 1966, Mom went to work for St. Vincent’s Nursing School for many years and then continued working for St. Vincent’s Hospital until she retired at 67 years old.

Mom loved football and enjoyed watching the games with the men in her life — her son, sons-in-law and grandsons. She was enamored with the outdoors, loved her mountains, camping and driving the boat. Mom always wanted to ski and, at 58, took on a new sport at which she excelled. She won a race trophy for best in her age group at Big Sky. Mom was an accomplished swimmer, with the breaststroke her favorite. In Georgia, Mom would spend hours in the backyard chirping back and forth with her cardinals. She loved to play games and never “let” anyone win: her opponents had to earn that! Oh, the badminton and Skipbo games we played!

Mom enjoyed knitting and crocheting, making many sweaters and afghans for her family; however, her passion was quilting. For Christmas, Mom quilted tree skirts for each of her children and eight grandsons!

To celebrate Mom’s 80th birthday, Steve and DeMaris offered to take her anywhere in the world:  Mom chose Glacier National Park. When asked the same question on her 82nd birthday, she chose to see the ocean on the West Coast. Mom was truly an unpretentious, humble woman.

All her life, Mom was passionate about dogs, from her first dog as a child, Brownie, a Springer Spaniel, to her last dog, faithful Baron, a black Lab, and every dog in between.

Mom lived her entire life in Billings until she moved to Georgia in 2015 to live with Colleen and her family. Yes, our mother, was a true “Montana Girl” in every way!

Mom was a lifelong believer and loved the Lord and her church family at Lifeway Church. She exemplified her daily walk with her strength, kindness, generosity, joyfulness, faithfulness, courage and resiliency. She made certain her children knew all about Jesus and His Word. Oh, the verses we memorized! She walked the walk every day of her life. We are so very grateful to have her example of a life well-lived and we honor her. Her family chooses not to mourn her passing, but, instead, to celebrate her homecoming! Welcome home, beloved Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother! You are treasured!

Frances Burt is survived by her sister, Helyn Davis; sister-in-law Eunice Shishkowsky; brother-in-law, David Burt (Annie); her children, Sheri Baker (Doug), Steve Burt (DeMaris) and Colleen Spann (David); her grandsons, Taylor (Angela) and Chase Baker (Jessica), Andrew (Jennifer), Daniel (Jessica) and Cameron Burt (Erika), Luke (Lindsay), Alec (Shelby) and Jordan Blackmon; her great-grandchildren, Wyatt and Ella Baker, Madi Stricker, Jaiven and Khoen Parker and Maclan Burt, Hudson and Harlan Blackmon, and Leo Blackmon; great-great-grandson, Leighton Stricker; and many nieces and nephews.

If you wish to honor Frances Burt’s life, please consider donating to either the Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter ( or the American Bible Society ( We thank you!

There is a viewing from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, Nov. 2, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave. Due to current gathering restrictions, there will be a graveside service later that day for family.

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15 thoughts on “Frances Burt”

  1. Penny Johnson Morseq

    Sheri…I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. She was the person who initially led me to Jesus through Pioneer Girls. Whew…a long time ago. It sounds like she had a wonderful and full life.
    Penny Johnson Morse

    1. Penny, thank you for letting us know of Mom’s impact on your life. She touched so many in her gentle way. What a legacy!

  2. We know Frances from church. We enjoyed knowing her. She was a very warm sincere person. When she moved to Georgia she was truly missed. We have been in AZ. for 3wks. and will be here another 3 wks. We have a daughter and family here. We would be at the viewing if we were home in Billings. You have our sympathy. Wally and Carla Holter

    1. Walley and Carla, thank you for your tender thoughts of Mom. She was truly genuine in every way. Mom spoke often of you and treasured your friendship.

  3. She will be missed dearly,I knew her when I was working at the hospital too,she was really a wonderful person to be around and work with, cleaning her office too, she is in a good place now, with the Lord. God be with her.

  4. I’m so sorry to hear of Frances’s passing. We enjoyed getting to know here as she welcomed us into the neighborhood. And the many carrots she fed Lucy, our dog. Our prayers are with the family. Dan & Yvette Leaman

    1. Dan and Yvette, we thank you for ALL you did to help Mom live “independently.”
      Mom had a special way of creating “family” wherever she was!

  5. Colleen,Steve,and Sheri,
    So sorry to see that your Momhas passed away. It’s hard loosing our parents. I thought of her the other day and wondered how she was doing in Georgia. I enjoyed seeing her and Baron on a regular basis and your Dad alao. Your parents were very special people to me. I have since retired from the Postal Service, and have moved. My sincere sympathy to you all.
    Your parents Mail Carrier
    Sheri Muller

    1. Sheri, we thank you for checking in on our parents for all those years. You did so much more than deliver mail. We will forever remember your kindness.

  6. What a pretty photo of Frances! She was such positive gem among us! I worked at the hospital also and enjoyed seeing her there! I am praying for peace for all of you!

    1. Thank you so much for your sweet remembrance of Mom. She loved working with the special people at St. Vincent’s.

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