Shirley Dean Gentry Burgess
Aug 25, 1934 Nov 17, 2016
Shirley Dean Gentry Burgess, age 82, returned home to her Heavenly
Father on November 17, 2016 after enduring a long struggle with
dementia and other health problems.
Shirley was born August 25, 1934 in Price, Utah to Berniadine Owen
Gentry and John O. Gentry. Shirley grew up in Hiawatha, Utah and was
proud to be a coal miner’s daughter. She married the love of her life,
William (Bill) Garth Burgess on January 28, 1954 and later solemnizing
their marriage in the Salt Lake Temple. They moved to Salt Lake City
Avenues in 1960 making it their home for many years until relocating to
South Jordan, UT in 1995.
What Shirley enjoyed most in life was spending time with her
sweetheart and family. She and her husband Bill were constant
companions. They enjoyed traveling on their motorcycle, visiting all
but four US states. They also loved camping in their trailer and spent
many winters together in Arizona.
Shirley will be remembered as a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother
and greatgrandmother. She also had a special love of animals, even if
they were not her own. She loved life and all that it had to offer.
Shirley is survived by her devoted daughter, VaLair Rupp; and loving
soninlaw Laurie Rupp; three grandchildren: Burkeley (Kate) Rupp,
Carson (Bryan) Stott, Brooklyn (Taylor) Laybourne; seven greatgrandchildren:
Connor Rupp, Parker Stott, Reagan Stott, Boston Stott,
Staten Laybourne, Hudson Laybournce and Bronx Laybourne; brotherinlaw
Jay (Barbara) Martino; sistersinlaw: Myrna (Don) Wallace and
Ruth Burgess. Preceded in death by her parents John and Berniadine
Gentry; husband William Burgess; and sister, Donna Martino.
Shirley’s family is thankful for the example that she was to them and
grateful for the plan of salvation and the knowledge that she has been
reunited with her dear sweetheart “Billy”.
The family is appreciative of the loving care Shirley received from the
staff at Carrington Court and the tender care provided by Inspiration
Funeral services will be held Monday, November 21, 2016, 12:00 noon
at McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 South Redwood Road, where a
viewing will be held from 10:3011:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment,
Salt Lake City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Humane Society of Utah,
P.O. Box 573659, Murray, UT 841573659.