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Obituary for Heather Dawne Burns (Robertson)

Heather Burns

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Heather Burns (Robertson) on Sunday, January 28, 2024 after a long fight with health issues. Mom was born on April 27, 1947 in Peace River, AB.

Mom will be missed by her children, Wade Burns (Dave Cannons) and Terri Breithaupt (Rob); and her grandchildren, Ryan Breithaupt, and Corey Breithaupt (Ann Crouchman). She is predeceased by her parents, John and Mary Robertson; her brothers, Alex and James Robertson; her husband, Robert Burns; and her son, Sandy Jepson.

Mom’s 15 minutes of fame were actually 20 hours of terror when she was lost in the bush when she was three years old. Hundreds of volunteers came forward to search for her. Eventually search dogs were brought in to try to find her. After a couple hours, the dogs found her and successfully led her to safety. After that auspicious adventure she settled into a quiet life. She grew up in Peace River and started her family there. Over the years she lived in Grimshaw, Carvel and eventually Calgary.

Mom loved socializing, cooking and baking, vegetable and flower gardening, bird watching, collecting knick knacks to decorate her home, and her stray cats.

Our family would like to extend our thanks to the devoted staff of the Colonel Belcher Long Term Care facility who cared for Mom to the end.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Heather’s memory to the Cancer Society of Canada or the M.S. Society.

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