Mary Kathryn Burns
On Saturday morning of August 11, 2012, Mary Kay, loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family. Mary Kay was born on May 4, 1953 to John and Margaret (Kale) Burns in Portland, OR where she was raised and attended St. Rose Elementary and graduated from Holy Child Academy High School. She attended college at University of Oregon, Evergreen State College, Washington State University and received her bachelor’s degree in Nursing at ICNE in Spokane in 1979.
She met Jack Smith in 1974 on the slopes of the Hoodsport ranger district planting trees in the clear cuts. They moved to Moscow, ID in 1976 so she could continue her education at WSU. She worked as a nurse until 1980. The two were married on Valentine’s Day of 1981 at the Holy Child Chapel in Portland, OR and returned to Shelton to begin raising their family.
In addition to being a full time wife and mother, Mary worked as a lunchroom cashier at Mt. View Elementary School, Shelton from 1987 until 1989 and was a familiar face as an employee of Lynch Creek Floral from 1989 until 2012 while she courageously battled cancer. Family was everything to Mary Kay and her warm smile and personality touched the lives of many friends and acquaintances. She enjoyed gardening and bird watching. She traveled to many places including Canada, Alaska, Ireland, and Hawaii. Mary Kay loved going to the beach. Mary Kay was a member of St. Edwards Catholic Church and past member of Mt. View PTA and was always a proud and involved sports mom.
She is survived by her husband, Jack Smith, Shelton; daughters, Elena (Brandon) Popovac, Olympia, and Anna Smith, Shelton; sons, John (Katie) Smith, Portland, OR and Robert Smith, Shelton; brother Joe (Joanne) Burns, Happy Valley, OR; sisters, Eleanor (Joseph) Spangler, New Denver, B.C. Canada, Meg (Erich Obermayr) Burns, Silver City, NV and Anne (Eric) Ebel, Ft. Collins, CO and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She is preceded in death by her father, John E. Burns. Mary Kay was very supportive and volunteered with Saint’s Pantry. Memorial donations can be made to them at P.O. Box 1064, Shelton, WA 98584.
A vigil will be held at St. Edward’s Catholic Church on Thursday evening beginning at 7:00. Funeral service will be held on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 10:00 at St. Edward’s Catholic Church, followed by burial at Shelton Memorial Park and a reception at the Church. McComb Funeral Home was honored to serve Mary Kay and her family.