Heather Leigh Gergens Burns
August 29, 1968 – October 11, 2019
Heather Leigh Gergens Burns left this earth to join her daughter and dad in Heaven on Friday, October 11, 2019. Heather was born on August 29, 1968 in Twin Falls, Idaho. She was the daughter of Irlene Sue and James Henry Gergens. Heather was raised all over parts of Idaho and Nevada where she would move around for her father’s cattle ranching and farming jobs. Her siblings would describe her as their “second mom”. She was nurturing yet a free spirit who loved life and doing her own thing, all while picking on her siblings along the way. Her family eventually settled in Jerome, Idaho and there she attended Jerome High School. She eventually continued her education at Salt Lake Community College in Utah. On August 9, 1986 she married the love of her life, Michael Glenn Burns, at the First Christian Church in Jerome. Together they traveled to several parts of the country wherever Michael would be stationed for the Navy and she learned how to adapt from small town farm kid to big city military wife. Heather’s biggest accomplishment in life was her family. Her children meant the world to her. She was a devoted mother to McKenzie, Nicholas and Amanda, and later on a mother in law to Zachary. Heather was the mom at every sporting event, every class party and every concert her children ever had. She was always proud of her kids and would tell anyone and everyone how much she loved them. Heather spent several years working in the restaurant business, but eventually became a therapy technician at Magic Valley Rehabilitation Services for 15 years, and most recently Community Partnerships of Idaho. At both places she taught and guided adults with disabilities, but also built several long lasting friendships. Heather was amazing in this role and had a giant heart for the clients she cared for and mentored. However, Heather’s most favorite job of all was being a grandma. She always looked forward to seeing her baby girls and spoiling them. “Gromma” was the best grandma any child could have asked for. Heather had a zest for life, making others happy and her laughter was contagious. Even through her toughest times she saw the optimistic side in everything. She sought happiness for others and was always putting the needs of others before herself. So many people remember as a jokester who loved to pull pranks and have fun. Her beautiful soul will be deeply missed. She was an angel on earth to many.
She is preceded in death by her father, James Gergens, daughter McKenzie Burns, and several family members. She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Michael Burns, son Nicholas Burns of Boise, daughter Amanda White (Zach) of Filer, two granddaughters Ella and Hallie White; mother Irlene Gergens of Jerome, sister Holly (Steve) Carlson of Jerome and brother James (Shawna S) Gergens of Jerome, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins she loved dearly. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, October 19th at Reynolds Funeral Chapel, 2466 Addison Ave E in Twin Falls. A burial to follow at the West End Cemetery in Buhl.
In honor of Heather and her outgoing spirit, her family asks you to not wear all black and that you come prepared to share your favorite stories of life with her. We want this to be a memory of the best times and honor her in a way that reflects her best.
- James Henry Gergens, Father (deceased)
- Irlene Sue Gergens, Mother
- Michael Glenn Burns, Husband
- McKenzie Burns, Daughter (deceased)
- Nicholas Burns, Son
- Amanda (Zach) White, Daughter
- Ella White, Granddaughter
- Hallie White, Granddaughter
- Holly (Steve) Carlson, Sister
- James (Shawna S) Gergens, Brother
- as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins she loved dearly
- James Gergens, Pallbearer
- Nick Burns, Pallbearer
- Zachary White, Pallbearer
- Stephen Carlson, Pallbearer
- Robert Johnson, Pallbearer
- Kevin Randall, Pallbearer
- Steve Carlson, Pallbearer
- Samuel Chavez, Honorary Pallbearer
- Roger White, Honorary Pallbearer
- Celebration of Heather's Life Saturday, October 19, 2019
- Burial Saturday, October 19, 2019
Heather Leigh Gergens Burns
October 21, 2019
This is from one of our participants here at CPI: What I remember about Heather, was that we would watch the dance, watch me whip watch me nae nae, I would do arts and crafts with her and go out into the community and have fun. We would talk about Jerome Tigers basketball and football,and go for nice walks. I enjoyed working with her, she makes me laugh, I just like seeing the smile on her face everyday. We will miss Heather at CPI, but she is in a better place with the Lord. Sorry, I couldn't be there, she was an amazing staff.
October 19, 2019
I can not think of words to express my sadness. Heather was a co-worker, but also a friend and confidant. I worked with Heather for years and loved her "Get'er Done" attitude. She never backed down from a challenge!
Heather and I shared many things, our love of all things Halloween, stories of our lives with the military...but especially, Heather shared pictures and stories of her Grandbabies. Heather beamed when she spoke about them. Personally, she's been my cheerleader. When I was struggling she would always send me texts and goofy pictures to cheer me up.
I will miss you my friend, and your big hugs.
October 17, 2019
Heather came to Community Partnerships of Idaho with a sassy spirt and warm heart. She uplifted and encouraged staff as well as participants. She had such a special gift and we will truly miss her. She will always be a part of us. Prayers of comfort to all who miss her dearly.
October 17, 2019
So sorry to hear about the loss of your daughter Irlene. If there is anything I can do, please let me know. Prayers and hugs to you and your family.
October 15, 2019
Heather is the first word I heard from a special individual we both worked with for many years. Heather was so special this individual used her name over and over again. What a testimony! This individual loved her as we all did and always will. Heather was one of a kind dedicating her life to making a great life for all others. Her beautiful spirit will be missed.
October 14, 2019
In our last few months at MVRS I fell into a pretty deep depression. It was a struggle to walk in the door every morning. She seemed to know the hardest mornings because she would poke her he’d in my office and ask how I was doing. She always lifted me up. I also witnessed her do that for many other coworkers and clients. Her main concern was always other people. I know it was hard on her but she was never negative always positive. She was instrumental in keeping moral up to the very end. She is one of the lest selfish people I have ever had the honor of knowing and I will always love her for the kindness she showed me.
October 14, 2019
When I started working at Magic Valley Rehabilitation Services, Heather was right there to show me how things were done. I appreciated that she always answered my questions, even if it was something we had already gone over.
We have worked together for 3 1/2 years between MVRS and CPI and we went from coworkers to friends. I love how Heather loved our participants. She let them know that they are important and have worth in this life. Heather was always ready for an adventure, big or small. She would take the participants out for community time and they always had fun.
Heather shared her talent of Arts and Crafts, helping many of the participants make things to enter into the fair. Every holiday you would find Heather busy prepping our rooms and building with festive decorations.
Anyone who knows Heather, knows how much she loves her family. They are her pride and joy. She would share stories or just everyday things with us about them. Her granddaughters made her so happy. She truly loves being a Grandma. We would see all the new pictures and hear all about how they're doing and growing.
There is so much more I can say about Heather, but most of all she is my friend and I will keep her in my heart all of my days. Thank you Heather for being you and sharing your sweet spirit and light with all those around you. You will not be forgotten my sweet friend. I miss you so much. Keep watch over us until we meet again.
October 14, 2019
Too many to just share one. Heather hated my driving but we drive all over the town of Twin Falls. Down the canyon up again and everwhere in between. We always had a good time. I don't ever remember the participants complaining about going out with us. Our main goal was to have some fun in our daily tasks. Halloween was one of our favorite times just dressing up and making each other laugh. We never bought the costumes we tried on but I am sure we got many eye rolls with all the chaos. One of my fondest memory will be that Heather was brutally honest. I remember when she had said something about me that wasn't the nicest, She called to tell me what she had said and told me lets get over it and move on. I could always trust her with anything. She was a great listener. I will cherish the times we spent together for the rest of my life. It's going to be hard not getting a text or a call from her weekly to tell me the latest. Facebook post of the her true love those grandaughters will be missed. She is one of a kind. I will miss her deeply! I loved her more than than words can be written or said. See you later my friend.
October 14, 2019
We are so shocked and saddened to learn of Heather's passing. Our hearts go out to you all at this sad time.
Peace and love,
Johnny & Karen