LeRee Stuart Burgess returned to her heavenly father on November 29, 2016 after a courageous, short battle with cancer.
LeRee was born September 26, 1949 in Salina, UT, five minutes after her identical twin sister, LeRae. She was born to Victor Eugene Stuart and Lola LeRee Robison Stuart. LeRee is the middle of five children.
Since her dad worked for UDOT, they moved with his job. Her childhood was spent moving from town to town in Utah. After many years of moving her family, home was finally settled in Price, UT.
While at Carbon High, she met and fell in love with her lifelong sweetheart, Paul F. Burgess. When Paul was in Vietnam, she anxiously waited for him to come home.
He came home, and they married within the week, on December 30, 1971. To their union there were three children born, Gene, Robert and Penny.
LeRee and Paul lived in Texas for a few years before they moved back to Price to be near family. Then in 1987 when Paul’s career moved them to Blanding. The plan was to live there for six months to a year, which quickly turned into over thirty years.
LeRee was a dedicated worker, volunteer and friend to everyone. She worked many jobs, including cashier, substitute teacher, and waitress. However, she is probably best known for her 20 plus years of driving school bus for San Juan School District. She was still driving school bus up until she was hospitalized.
LeRee had many church callings, and she loved them all. Her favorite church callings involved scouting. She devoted many years to scouting and held many positions, including district scout leader.
On May 5, 1990, she was awarded The Silver Beaver Award, the highest award any volunteer scout master can achieve. She was very honored and humbled by this award.
Being a military wife and head of family support for the Blanding detachment of the National Guard, LeRee saw her husband deployed to a number of wars, conflicts, and trainings. She always held down the home front. She gladly took many other wives under her wing and cared for them while their husbands were gone.
She was a very caring mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend. She was always worried about how everyone was doing and how their day was. She wanted to make sure no one went hungry and that everyone knew they were loved.
LeRee leaves behind her husband of 44 years, Paul Burgess, of Blanding; her children Gene (Ann Marie) Burgess, Robert (Debbie) Burgess, and Penny (Ronald) Gough, all of Blanding, UT; grandchildren Ray, Matt, Michael, Alexis, Ashley, Samuel, and Isabelle (due in one week); brothers Otto (Michelle), Lawrence (Lisa), Michael (Sharon) and twin sister LeRae; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Victor and Lola Stuart.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, December 9, 2016 at the LDS Stake Center in Blanding, UT. A viewing will be held from 9:30-11:30 a.m., and funeral services begin at noon. Interment will follow at Blanding City Cemetery.