Burgess, Rae Lynne Colvin
Born in Rapid City, South Dakota, December 27, 1958 to Mary and Ray Colvin, passed away quietly on March 13th, 2013 at the Bellevue Medical Center after one of the shortest battles with cancer most people had ever seen. From her diagnosis to her passing was three hours short of fifteen days.
She graduated from Rapid City Central High School, class of '77, where she was a booster, band member, and over-all good student. She held a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Chadron State College and was proudly three classes short of a second Bachelors in Library Science.
As is typical of Air Force wives, she had many jobs throughout her career. These included director of the Ramstein USO, an early childhood development counselor at the Vogelweh Child Development Center, and a library technician at the base libraries at Eglin AFB, Ramstein AB, and Offutt AFB.
She was married to David Burgess (currently of Bellevue, NE) in Basel, Switzerland on July 6th, 1982. She is survived by her husband, son Kevin, step-daughter Amber, brothers Dan and Sam, and best friend Joyce, as well as numerous cousins, second-cousins, uncles, aunts, and other close family. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Per her request, there will be no traditional visitation or funeral.
A remembrance memorial service will be held at the John A. Gentleman Bellevue/Sarpy Co. Chapel on 3402 Samson Way in Bellevue on Wednesday, March 20 at 4:00 PM. If you do not have your own Mickey Mouse ears, sets will be available at the service: “she did love her Mouse.” Be ready to share, as the ceremony is all about memories.
A second, similar service will be held at the Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City, South Dakota on the afternoon of Monday, May 13th before her final interment at the National Cemetery of the Black Hills. A memorial fund to be donated to an appropriate cause is being established in lieu of flowers.
Rae was a force of nature – her gentle approach to the people that needed her combined with an encyclopedic knowledge of literature garnered her a cult following in every job she ever held. She will be sorely missed.
JOHN A. GENTLEMAN MORTUARIES
BELLEVUE/SARPY CO. CHAPEL
3402 Samson Way Bellevue, NE