Jolene Anne Burns

Monday, October 13, 2008

March 26, 1975 - Oct. 9, 2008

Jolene Anne Burns died Thursday, Oct. 9, 2008, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. She was 33 years young.

Jolene was born March 26, 1975, in Denver, Colo., to Samuel Baker and Shari Lyn (Stobie) Gillette. She graduated from Arvada High School, Arvada, Colo., in 1993. She continued her education at Metro State College in Denver.

On Dec. 31, 2005, she married Darren Burns in Denver. They made their home in Denver where Darren taught school and Jolene was a busy mother and homemaker. They moved to the McCook community in 2006.

Jolene was a member of the First Baptist Church and American Baptist Women's Ministries where she served as secretary.

She was an avid artist and loved to read. Among her other favorites were baking, gardening, playing the clarinet and saxophone and spending time with her family.

Preceding her in death were her maternal grandmother, Donna Stobie and paternal grandfather, Louis Gillette.

Survivors include her husband, Darren Burns of McCook; son, Joshua Burns of the home; mother and step-father, Shari and James Brandt of McCook; father, Samuel Gillette of Arvada, Colo.; brother, Jason Jeremiah Brandt and wife, Kate of Charleston, S.C.; maternal grandparents, Allan Stobie and wife, Pat of Palm Harbor, Fla., and Don and Marilyn Brandt of McCook; paternal grandmother, Margaret "Parge" Gillette of Orkis Island, Wash.; numerous family members; and a host of friends.

Memorials may be given to the Joshua Burns College Fund.

Visitation will be today and Tuesday during business hours and Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. at Carpenter Breland Funeral home in McCook. Friends may send condolences to the family at

Funeral services will be Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008, 10:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in McCook. Pastor Allen C. Jackson will be officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of the arrangements.