Christine Marie Burnett, 48, ‘found the warm, welcoming people of Wilmington irresistible’

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Christine Marie Burnett
Christine Marie Burnett

Christine Marie Burnett, of Wilmington, passed from this world to heaven on Tuesday, February 16, 2016, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center. She was 48 years old.

Christy was born in Minneapolis, Minn., on January 6, 1968, the daughter of the late Jimmie Cooper and Gloria Burkhart Cooper.

Christy’s family moved to Colorado during her teen years and she and Bill fell in love their first week of college in the fall of 1986. She went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in marketing management and she and Bill wed September 6, 1992, in Seattle. Her career advanced quickly at IBM, however, she gladly gave it up in 1999 to dedicate herself to raising her children.

In 2008, the family moved to Wilmington for a two-year “adventure!” Christy loved the beach and warm weather. She immediately found the warm, welcoming people of Wilmington irresistible and she and Bill decided to make it their home.

She went on to raise three beautiful children, Scottie, Jessie and Angela. Much of her time was spent volunteering as a leader at MOPS and various activities at her children’s schools; her children were the joy of her life. She loved to scrapbook, play her guitar for her kids and laugh with her friends. Much of which, her artistic and musical gifts have been passed on to her children.

Christy exuded joy and light in every situation, she lived life with courage, strength, dignity and grace. The many lives she touched will remember her kindness and sweet spirit. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends, but we take comfort knowing that she is made new with our Father in heaven.

Surviving are her husband, Bill Burnett; three children, Angela Joy Burnett (10), Jessica Grace Burnett (14) and Scott Christian Burnett (17); one sister, Stephanie Rizzo, and husband, Richard, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a niece, Savanna Rizzo of Colorado Springs, Colo.; stepparents, Ben and Donna Green of Divide, Colo.; and her mother-in-law, Kay Burnett of Highlands Ranch, Colo.

A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m., Monday, February 22, at Port City Community Church.

In lieu of flowers, it was Christy’s wish to create a scholarship fund for a student to attend Myrtle Grove Christian School, where her three children attend or have attended. Please consider sending a donation to MGCS, 806 Piner Rd, Wilmington, NC 28409. Attn: Debbie, Christy Scholarship Fund.

John 10:27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish.

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