Sandra Mary Burwell
Sandra (Sandy) Mary Burwell, of Rifle, passed away Friday, Dec. 3, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. She was born March 8, 1942, in Buffalo, N.Y. Sandy graduated from St. Francis School of Nursing in 1963 and was certified as a registered nurse in January of 1964, serving at St. Francis Hospital for the next two years. She married John Burwell at Fort Benning, Ga., on May 23, 1964. She continued her nursing career when they moved to Southern California, working as a staff nurse in obstetrics at Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa for the next 14 years. Following their move to western Colorado, she continued her medical career in the labor and delivery department at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs until the early 1990s.In 1987, she was named a school district nurse for Garfield School District Re-2 in Rifle until her retirement in 2003. Sandy received a bachelor of arts degree in professional arts from St. Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine, in September 1992 and earned National School Nurse Certification in 1993. A dedicated professional and teacher, she also served as a prepared childbirth instructor in California and Colorado, a pregnant teenager class instructor, and a new parent education instructor and first aid teacher for Colorado Mountain College. Sandy was a counselor with the Family Visitor Program in Glenwood Springs for a number of years.Survivors include her husband of 40 years; five sons: John (Monique), of Grand Junction, Patrick (Barbara), of Rifle, Timothy, of San Francisco, Jason (MinKyoung), serving with the U.S. Army in Iraq, and James (Dana), of Rifle; one daughter, Amy (Lucas), of Key West, Fla.; sisters Diane, of Buffalo, and Fay Ellen, of Columbus, Ohio; and 11 grandchildren: Andrew, Johnny, Kenny, Olivia, Erin, Kayla, Shara, Alecsa, Mackenzie, Allison and Caraline.She greatly enjoyed being with and spoiling her grandchildren, quilting, knitting, cross stitching, RVing, and reading. She was an usher and eucharistic bread baker at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rifle, where a memorial mass will take place at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Sandra’s name to Mountain Family Health Prenatal Program in Glenwood Springs, 945-2840. She greatly enjoyed being with and spoiling her grandchildren, quilting, knitting, cross stitching, RVing, and reading. She was an usher and eucharistic bread baker at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rifle, where a memorial mass will take place at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Sandra’s name to Mountain Family Health Prenatal Program in Glenwood Springs, 945-2840.
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