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  • Visitation:  10-11 a.m.  Wednesday at the Jesus Non-Denominational Church, Greenville
  • Funeral:  11:00 a.m.  Wednesday at the Jesus Non-Denominational Church, Greenville

Mrs. Sandra Kay Burns, age 64, of Greenville, went home to be with her Lord Friday afternoon, Nov. 23, 2007 from the emergency room of Spectrum Health United Memorial-United Hospital, Greenville. Born on Aug. 1, 1943 in Flushing, she married Ridgeway Alden Burns on May 4, 1963 in Petoskey.

Together they raised five children and were members of the Jesus Non-Denominational Church in Greenville. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, handicrafts, and gardening, but will be best remembered for her baking talents.

She was preceded in death by her mother, LaVerna Badder Jones.

Surviving are her husband of 44 years, Ridgeway Ridge Burns of Greenville; five children, Jackie & David Perrin of Wyoming, Steve & Mary Burns of Mancelona, Kimberly & Edward Dean of Howard City, Angie Burns of Twin Lake, and Beth Burns of Saranac; a sister, Elizabeth Rudder; a brother and sister-in-law, Anthony & Melody Pastorino; ten grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

Funeral services are at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007 at the Jesus Non-Denominational Church, north of Greenville at 9206 W. Peck Road, with the Rev. Tom Turner officiating. Burial will take place privately at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Ionia.

Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the church, where the family will receive relatives and friends on Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Sandras online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please click the “Sign Guest Book” link above.


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  1. Anonymous on November 23, 2007 at 12:00 am


    04/06/2008 –

    Linda Strodtman

    Ridge and Family, I was shocked to learn of Sandy’s death. I will always be grateful to you and Sandy for the care you provided my grandmother (your neighbor). May you be comforted by all the wonderful memories you have of your life together. God bless you as you mourn her loss. Linda and Family

    12/13/2007 –

    Leslie Anne Wood

    I’m sorry to hear of Sandy’s passing. I knew her when I was a young child. My Mom and Grandma would visit with her mother. She was older than me, so I looked up to her. We lost track of each other over the years, but I know she was a fine lady. Prayers and comfort to you all.

    11/28/2007 –

    Pastors LeRoy & Lynda Dyke

    We send our prayers from us and Living Faith Faith Family church. May the comfort of the Holy Spirit surround you and keep you in loving care during this time. God Bless you and your family. Pastor LeRoy & Lynda Dyke

    11/27/2007 –

    Tierza Borstler

    Kim, Ed, and Family,
    I am sorry for your loss of your mother and grandmother. I am glad we know where she is and we can rejoice in that. I loved Sandy very much, she cared about so many people. She always sent me cards when I missed church so that I would know someone missed me. I will miss her very much, especially when I visit Pastor Tommys church.
    I may not make it to the funeral, if I don’t know I am thinking of you all.
    Tierza Borstler

    11/27/2007 –

    Tierza Borstler

    Angie,- I am very shocked to hear your mother passed away. I am so glad we know where she is at. I’m glad I got to know your mom and dad when we went to Spring Arbor together. Your mother was one of the nicest ladies I have known. I was glad we went to church together for a while, and your mom sent me cards to let me know she was thinking about me when I missed church. I haven’t been at Jesus Non-Den. Church in a while because we are attending a new little church her in Six Lakes. I will miss your mom very much, especially when I visit J.N.D.C. I haven’t talked to you in a long time, but I would love to talk to you if you get a chance. Pastor Tom has my number if you want to call me. I am going to try and make it to the funeral, but my mom has a Dr. Appointment that I have to take her to in the morning. I hope I can make it so I can see you and give you a hug. If I don’t make it know I am thinking about you.

    11/26/2007 –

    Bob Longoria & family

    To her family our sorrow is with you,,to remember her is to say the least she always greeted everyone with warm embraces,her presence will always be missed,she always made me feel special,and i will always think she is special,,may the angels surround you on your journey,God bless you, rest in peace..Brother Bob.

    11/26/2007 –

    Carol Withers

    She always got my name wrong, so she told me one day that my new name was going to be Clyde. And she called me that for the past couple of years. She has asked me many times to pray for something that was on her heart. And the Sunday night before she pasted away she asked me to pray for something, which I did. She was a wonderful person, and I for one, will miss her terribly. I will see her again in heaven.

    11/26/2007 –

    Shelly (from Dr. Kay’s office)

    I will miss “Mama” for she was truly a wonderful woman. She always had a smile on her face and could always make me smile. My heart goes out to you Ridge and your family. If there is anything you need please call me.

    11/26/2007 –

    Christy Hackett & family

    I knew Sandy as “Beth & Angie’s mom”. She was always kind & generous to me & my daughters, and made us feel welcome to visit. I remember her crocheting in the living room by the woodstove, laughing at Jerry Lewis movies, and playing with her kitties. She loved showing off her garden flowers, watching the birds there and decorating her home for the holidays. She was always ready with a hearty laugh & a story. She loved all animals, especially those in need. I remember munching her fresh cookies at the big table & watching her scold the kitty for unrolling her yarn ball. She was always full of faith in God, and kept her Bible close. She cared for her family in a special way. I’ll never forget the long ride I took with Sandy & Ridge to visit Beth at college once. Sandy & I chatted the entire trip, while Ridge drove. I think he was glad to have a break from chatting (haha). She’ll be dearly missed and never forgotten by all whom she touched.

    11/26/2007 –

    Jerry&Darlene Getts

    To your family our hearts go out. Through Sister Sandra Burns we learned just how precious God’s love is. She was such an example of how God’s love is to be shown to everyone that you meet. We remember well what she had told us when we lost our home to fire.”Just think of your castle in Glory”. When she said that we had such a peace come over us we never looked back and till this day her encouragement still remains with us. Thankyou for sharing with us this precious woman of God.We ask that God’s arms of love be about you in your time. Brother Ridgeway,please know that you and your family is in our thoughts and prayers always.
    Jerry&Darlene Getts

    11/24/2007 –

    Bishop Tom & Jill Turner Sr.

    We will miss Sister Sandy’s lovely smile and the encouraging words she had for everyone. Sandy was a church mother who led by example. Sister Sandy will always be in our thoughts and in our heart. Thank God for bringing Sandy into our lives.

    Karin Hopkins

    My sincere sympathy to the loss of your preciouse wife. Karin Hopkins


    We will miss her very much, she was our grandma and a sister in the lord, we love you grandma, and you will be missed. she took her time and baked us a lot of goodies.we pray that god gives grandpa streigth and the whole family too. love earl &carol,angie

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