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Palm South Jones Mortuary

1600 South Jones Blvd, Las Vegas, NV

OBITUARY

Shelley Marie Burns

October 27, 1962July 31, 2019
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Shelley Marie Burns, a loving mother, a fun-loving grandmother, a supportive friend, and humanitarian passed away peacefully on July 31, 2019 at the age of 56. She was born on October 27, 1962 in Lexington, Kentucky to the late Kenneth and Marjean Burns. Shelley was raised in Las Vegas, Nevada where she attended Western High School. She was very intelligent. She loved math and learning about the world. All of her life, Shelley was very colorful and adventurous. She had many hobbies such as making stylish jewelry and collecting rocks like agates, crystals and gemstones. She also enjoyed motorcycles, line dancing, and attending concerts and plays. Shelley had a soft side being an avid reader, a domestic traveler, a lover of art shows, feeding the homeless, working with young children at her mother’s daycare, and making bubbles to amuse her grandchildren. In addition, Shelley really took pleasure in nature by watching birds and looking at beautiful sunsets. Most importantly, she loved being a mom and grandmother and always stated that that was her true purpose in life. Shelley’s warm smile, witty sense of humor, and giving heart will be missed by those who knew her and loved her. Shelley is survived by her daughter Brianna Wiltse; her son-in-law, Joshua Wiltse, her two grandchildren, Emma and Elijah; extended family and friends. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, August 17th at 10:00am at Palm South Jones Mortuary, 1600 S. Jones Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89146.

  • FAMILY

  • Kenneth Burns, Father (deceased)
  • Marjean Burns, Mother (deceased)
  • Brianna Wiltse, Daughter
  • Joshua Wiltse, Son-in-law
  • Emma Wiltse, Granddaughter
  • Elijah Wiltse, Grandson

Services

  • A Celebration of Life Saturday, August 17, 2019

Memories

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Jessica Asay

August 18, 2019

"Shelley" was one of my first words as a baby, as she helped out at her mom's day care. She was always so much fun to be around and always had an interesting story to share. She taught me about rock n roll, and I still have fond memories of rocking out with her as a preschooler. I also loved line dancing with her and Bri. I miss her and send my love to Bri and her family. Hugs.

Joyce Wilson

August 17, 2019

The world lost a beautiful, Loving woman a few days ago. She was a dear friend to me & Shelley Burns will e missed by many who had the privilege to know her! My heart and Loving Prayers go out to her Beautiful, Daughter, Brianna, and her precious 2 Grandchildren in Reno.
Shelley Burns loved life and she made my life better by having her as my friend! R.I.P. Shell..... I;m going to miss you & will be calling you when I want & need my Guardian Angel... Thank You for being my Beautiful, creative friend!!!
Even my dog, Socks, loved her!

Elisa Straub

August 17, 2019

I remember spending some part of every summer with Brianna and Shelly. They always took me to wet ‘n’ wild, line dancing or to some other fun activity. They would come over to Grammy Gail’s and swim with us or just hang out. The first fancy steakhouse I ever ate at was with Shelly, Brianna and Genie at the horseshoe. We had so much fun that night. No matter what, Shelley could always make you laugh. She would have a straight face and say the most hilarious things to get a reaction. She would walk into a room and everyone knew she was there. She will truly be missed.

Christine Clark

August 16, 2019

She left too soon, but not before spreading her fun loving joy with all she met.
Shelley and I took a road trip from Las Vegas to Reno for Brianna's grad school graduation. Shelley was so proud and excited, but living in the moment like she did so well, she made the long trip to Reno a blast.
She knew a spot to stop for honey, one for jerky, and a great fruit stand. The highlight however, was our stop in Mina at a rock shop, which may have just been someone's home with tables of rocks in their yard. There weren't any prices but there weren't any keep out signs either. Nobody was home but Shelley convinced me it was fine if we took a look. Well there were some very cool rocks and when we found a particularly cool one, we would yell to the other to "look at this one" and we would discuss what
kind we thought it was or what it reminded us of, "looks like a ...".
Time slipped away as I'm sure it always did when with Shelley, and we needed to get going.
We each had more than a couple of rocks we wanted, to buy of course, but no owner and we still didn't know if the place was even a shop! I don't know who convinced whom or more likely we convinced each other, we should take the rocks and leave some cash on the table in their place, so we did. We ran back to the car like kids happy about our cool rocks, and for me, giddy with a sense of excitement I hadn't felt in a very long time. That joy is what you got if you were lucky enough to spend time with Shelley.

Valerie Lyman

August 15, 2019

Struggling knowing you have gone. Crazy stories we had. Like walking home from club in Idaho Falls and you stopping to pee in somebody's lilac bushes! Til we meet again, get the party going! I love you so much.

Rose O'Leary

August 15, 2019

I have many memories of Shelley they are all wonderful, filled with so much laughter. We worked together at the shoe, your Mother was so proud that you were her daughter .I am sad and sorry ,Happy that I had her friendship in my life, l will always think about her,laughter and boot scooting boogie 💖

Sara Doppe

August 14, 2019

Shelley is in my very earliest memories. She was a second mother to me when I was a baby. She was a rock for my mom, Tracy, during some of her hardest struggles. As a roomate and friend to my mom she loved, supported, and helped protect us. I attended daycare with Marjean. These women helped mould my early years. Shelley ALWAYS brought humor and a smile. She was loved dearly and will be missed dearly.

lori deBelloy-Foote

August 14, 2019

So many memories to choose from, I dont know where to start. Most memorable, ? Mom called me on a tuesday morning, last I saw Shell we were out on Sunday night two days before , I took her home. She had a job at the Tropicana doing data processing, when Mom called tuesday said Shell was crying she was asking for me, Mom asked if I wouold come and help, so she had her insulin but no breakfast yet, so I took her to my Mom's, made her bacon and eggs and toast, and she layed down , about an hour later she came out to the livingroom , Lori, didnt you take me home last night ? She was back, had no idea what happened to Monday, . I was just glad I was there, like she always will be . Love You Burnsy Baby, Always With You .

Julie DeMarre

August 13, 2019

Some of my fondest memories from childhood involve line dancing and ice skating with Shelley and Bri. She brought such light with her wherever she went and I'm forever grateful to have had her in my life.

Love always.

FROM THE FAMILY

Shelley Marie Burns

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Shelley Marie Burns

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Having a bath in Kentucky

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Smiling with her Mom, Marjean

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Ready for her dance recital

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Swimming with her Dad, Ken

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She was always laughing

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Shelley with her first 10 speed. She always loved riding bikes.

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Being silly with her cousin, Val.

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She always did well in school and loved learning.

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Showing of her bowling trophies

Biography

Shelley Marie Burns, a loving mother, a fun-loving grandmother, a supportive friend, and humanitarian passed away peacefully on July 31, 2019 at the age of 56. She was born on October 27, 1962 in Lexington, Kentucky to the late Kenneth and Marjean Burns. Shelley was raised in Las Vegas, Nevada where she attended Western High School. She was very intelligent. She loved math and learning about the world.
All of her life, Shelley was very colorful and adventurous. She had many hobbies such as making stylish jewelry and collecting rocks like agates, crystals and gemstones. She also enjoyed motorcycles, line dancing, and attending concerts and plays. Shelley had a soft side being an avid reader, a domestic traveler, a lover of art shows, feeding the homeless, working with young children at her mother’s daycare, and making bubbles to amuse her grandchildren. In addition, Shelley really took pleasure in nature by watching birds and looking at beautiful sunsets. Most importantly, she loved being a mom and grandmother and always stated that that was her true purpose in life. Shelley’s warm smile, witty sense of humor, and giving heart will be missed by those who knew her and loved her. Shelley is survived by her daughter Brianna Wiltse; her son-in-law, Joshua Wiltse, her two grandchildren, Emma and Elijah; extended family and friends. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, August 17th at 10:00am at Palm South Jones Mortuary, 1600 S. Jones Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89146.