Brenda Lee Burns, the daughter of Duane and Shirley (Johnson) Burns, was born May 16, 1960, in Langdon. She died at the age of 53 on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at Trinity Hospital in Minot from injures suffered in a one-motor vehicle accident on Thursday, Nov. 7, near Rugby.
Brenda was raised in the homes of her parents, first in York, then Mandan and Rugby, where she graduated from high school with the class of 1979. Following high school, she earned her associate degree in criminal justice from Minot State College and then furthered her studies at Northwestern Bible College in Minot, graduating from there with a bachelor's degree in theology and biblical studies. At the time of her death, Brenda was completing her master's degree requirements in theology and divinity from a Christian university in Missouri, via correspondence. Brenda worked several years in the retail business in Rugby, including at the Ben Franklin Store and Rugby Hardware Hank, while serving the congregations of Knox Community Church and Lebanon Lutheran Church in Leeds as their pastor. In addition to serving her congregations, Brenda was chaplain for the Heart of America medical and care centers and Haaland Estates, all in Rugby.
Brenda dearly loved her ministry work, never tired of volunteering, greatly enjoyed music, loved going fishing with her nephew, Jonathon, and treasured the companionship and dinners with Balzer.
She is survived by: her parents, of Rugby; one sister, JoAnn (Mitch Amble) Burns, of Rugby; nephew, Jonathon Burns, of Rugby; companion and closest friend, Balzer Welk, of Rugby; an aunt, Adeline Erb, of Minot; several cousins, other relatives and many, many friends.
She was preceded in death by: her grandparents, Alfred and Olena Johnson, and Roger and Patsy Burns; a nephew, Samuel Burns; an aunt, Delores Harmel; three uncles, Raymond Arlien, LaVerne Harmel and Kenny Erb; great-uncles, Raymond and Cecil Burns; and a great-aunt, Louise Baker.
Funeral services will be Thursday, Nov. 14, at 11 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Rugby. The Rev. Nathan Steen, pastor of Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church, Rugby, will officiate.
Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Brethren Cemetery, rural York, Thursday at 2:30 p.m.
Casket bearers will be Mitch Amble, John Gustafson, Jeffrey Lingerfelt, Toby Armstrong, Jerry Harmel and Danny Selvig.
Friends may call today, Wednesday, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Rugby. A time of prayer and sharing of memories will begin today at 7 p.m. in the funeral home.
An online registry is available at (www.funeralsbyanderson.com).