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Obituary for Charlene Charlie Burgess

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Charlene Charlie Burgess

March 30, 1960 - January 15, 2011

Charlie Burgess passed away peacefully in her sleep Saturday morning January 15, 2011 in her home. She will be greatly missed. She was born March 30, 1960 to James D. and Evangelyn Rees. She attended Ogden High School in Ogden, Utah, and also Dog Grooming school in Colorado. She was married to Bruce Burgess and was recently divorced.Charlie’s greatest joy was to rescue small dogs as a member of the Chihuahua Group. She also enjoyed going to the movies, crafting, traveling, sewing, spending time with her family and designing and creating dog clothes.Charlie is survived by her mother, Evangelyn Rees; her son Izaiah and Nova Ostler; her brother Terry Rees; sister Lynnette Kennedy and brother David Rees.Charlie is preceded in death by her father James D. Rees and her grandparents. A celebration of Charlie’s life will be held at 11a.m. on Thursday, January 20, 2011 at Leavitt’s Mortuary on 836 36th Street in OgdenOnline condolences may be sent to the family at


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Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, January 20, 2011

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

Memorial Information

Date: Thursday, January 20, 2011

Time: 11:00 am -

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403


Timeline for Charlene Charlie Burgess

Born: March 30, 1960
Died: January 15, 2011

Condolences for Charlene Charlie Burgess

Lynnette Kennedy posted on 1/15/12

Just one year ago today you left to go live with the angels. Charlie you are missed beyond what words can exp;ress. My heart still aches as if it were yestereday. I know you are in a place now where there is no pain. You only know peace and happiniess. I love you Charlie!Your "ister"


Bruce Burgess posted on 3/29/11

Chas,Tomorrow is your birthday and I'm thinking of you today. I am so hoping you are at peace and have found that peace in your passing. I will always love you and will never forget you. We went through so much together, we shared our joys and our sorrows. Rest in Peace Chas.


natalie posted on 1/22/11

just found out today about ya girl, it saddens my heart. my thoughts and prayers are with Izaiah and your family. loved working with you, and being your friend, wish we could have done more. your a great person and know your going to do some great things were you are. gonna miss you!!! xoxoxo


Matt & Gwen McBride posted on 1/21/11

Charlie you will be deeply missed. You are in the hands of our Heavenly Father he has GREAT plans for you there. We miss and love you lots.


Noilani Quinney posted on 1/21/11

You were loved by me. I will miss your smile and dimples the most. I know I will see you again and we will laugh, hug, and remember. Give grammy, uncle Jim, and all of our loved ones that you now rest with big hugs from me. XO Noilani


Darla Hanney posted on 1/20/11

Charlie ~ My FriendSunshine set on the glow of moon light beamSent to us on a shooting star from above,Brightening everyone’s lives with her luminosityChanging forever those whose lives she touched.She endured many trials, overcame many setbacks,Yet she triumphed and remained hopeful, beautiful, bubbly and full of life.Always silly, fun, charming, and the life of the party,Her spirit was contagious, and everyone navigated toward her. Her creativity knew no bounds,Her imagination was endless.So many unfinished plans and dreams,A life cut short; a world deprived of a beautiful soul.She gave of herself unconditionally. To her fellow man, woman and four legged friends.Benevolently serving those around her without a thought,Giving everything she could to help anyone.Her heart was big enough to fill any space,Enveloping and warming to everyone privileged enough to know her.She would give you the last penny she had, the shirt off her back.She was selfless, generous, and kind, always an inspiration.Her compassionate heart, tender spirit, and emotional connection to all,Brought her great joy, and sadness; as she carried everyone’s burdens.She gave away so much of herself; altruistic to the core, In the end she left nothing for herself. Charlie.


Della Behunin-Coombs posted on 1/20/11

Charlie and I worked together at the Old Post Office Branch of First Security Bank more than 25 years ago. What a great time we had. Charlie was so much fun. We had some great times. I have so many fun memories, like whenever we brought treats for our customers we would make bets how many times our goofy customer "Joe" would come to the bank so he could get a treat. We laughed and laughed. We started making up occasions to party just so we could bring treats to watch Joe. hahahahaha Oh Charlie I have missed you over the years sista sista. I truly love you. You were so talented and beautiful. I wonder if you even realize your beauty and worth, I truly hope so. There was never a dull moment at the Old Post Office Branch. Love you Charlie!!To Vangie and the rest of the family my love and prayers are with you at this time. I am sorry for your loss. I would have been at the service today but my I playing nurse to my husband, who just got out of the hospital. Love you Vangie!!! Della and Dave Coombs


Marie Sendejo posted on 1/20/11

My deepest condolences to Charlie's family and close friends. I worked with Charlie years ago at Mervyn's. I always remember her as a very sweet and caring person who always wanted to help others. I was very saddened to hear of her passing. May she rest in peace. Watch over us Charlie!


Miriam Gomez posted on 1/19/11

Whenever I see something beautiful I will think of you Charlie, because you were beautiful inside and out. You always looked so pretty, especially when you smiled and you always wanted everything to be just perfect and unique. I will always admire your big heart, your kindness to others and your creativity....your little giggles (that seem to come out of nowhere) and the look in your face whenever you wanted to say something inappropriate but too funny to miss....I feel cheated for not getting to meet you sooner in life. I will miss you always because even if it was for a little while ... you touched my life.


Mindy Baldon posted on 1/19/11

My dear Aunt Charlie, you have no idea how much I idolized you while growing up. You were the funniest, boldest, craziest person in the family. At every family funtion you always kept the mood light and silly. To add to all that, you were always the one that remembered to call every single person on every single Birthday. You were there by my side at every special event I have had since I was young. As an adult you were not just an aunt to me, but a very good friend. You were so crafty and talented with anything you decided to do. I will always cherish the wonderful things that you made for my girls. Last of all, your love for your dogs, and the dedication you had in fostering and finding homes for so many little dogs is what made you such a special person. You had so much compassion and love when you were having so much saddness and pain in you own life. I pray that you have peace and love where you are now. I will miss you forever! Love, Minners


Calleen Jenson posted on 1/19/11

To all of Charlie's family:I am so sorry for the passing of your sweet mother, sister, and daughter. I met Charlie in late October when I responded to an ad on for Chihuahua and Small Dog Rescue. I wanted to be her friend the very first time we met. Even though it was only two short months that we knew each other, I felt like we had been friends for life. I am so gratful for our time together, and know we will all see Charlie in heaven again someday. I know she is with her beloved dad and all the sweet doggies she has rescued and taken such good care of. I love you Charlie, you are one of a kind! Love forever, Calleen Jenson


Lynnette Kennedy posted on 1/19/11

My sweet beautiful am I going to go on with out you. you had more strength in you than you ever realized. You went through so much these last 10 years than I have in my entire lifetime. You were not only my sister but my best friend. When we dropped you off from the movies that night I never knew it would be the last time I would ever see you again. You were ( and still are) the light of my life. I will take you with me wherever I go and continue to talk to you everyday as I have done for as long as I can remember. I dont know how to stop. You will live through me my sister. A part of me went to heaven with you and a part of you remains here on earth with me. My heart has a huge hole that only you can fill and my life will never be the same wih you not in it. I love more that words can say. Your sisterForever and always


Tonya Rigdon posted on 1/19/11

Charlie was one of the sweetest girlfriends who had passion for life and faced many challenges, who most, would not even know how to handle. I'm very blessed to have known her and have worked with her and will always cherish her ways of how she handled the pain in her life. Very very sweet friend..


Tonya Rigdon posted on 1/19/11

Charlie, You have been there for me through things no one even knew about and gave me really good insight on how to handle my situation. Thank you for always being there and I pray your family is ok. I'll be praying for them.. Thanks for being a loving mother, friend, and loyal to the ones you love. I never expected this to happen to you so soon. It just seems like I was just talking with you and you were doing well and laughing in great spirits on facebook and phone. I realize through these situations life is way to short and we totally need to charish one another as much as we can. God has you in his hands now and you are definitely in a better place then we stand on this earth today. Love you and will miss you always... Tonya


Dawn Gribble posted on 1/19/11

It's hard to believe that you are no longer with us my friend. May you finally have the piece you have long been searching for. You gave so much of yourself to others and will be remembered as such a inspiration of how a loving and true Friend a person can be. You will be missed my dear friend.Dawnxo


Maggie Rees posted on 1/19/11

My sweet Charlie, As I look at this page, it's so hard for me to believe you are no longer here with us. I can't believe I will never be able to hear your voice and see your beautiful face.I still remember the first time I met you when Dave introduced me to the family. I remember your bright smiles, your laughter, you just shined! As I got to know you I admired how talented you were. I believed you could do anything! You were the life of our family parties. I admired how we weren't afraid to do anything and say anything. I will never forget when you visited us in Scottsdale and had your fun at Trader Joe's! I will forever treasure this beautiful memory along with so many others. We were such a kind, selfless, beautiful and creative woman. I admired your love and commitment to animals. Your compassion was limitless! I will forever love you and miss you. You will always have a special place in my heart and my thoughts. Love you my sweet Char:)


Pat and Larry Fedorczyk posted on 1/18/11

Charlie,You were there when we started our life together and have always been in our hearts. We will treasure the memories we have together and the pictures you gave us from our wedding. You have always and will always be our friend and we love you. The world is less bright without your shining smile. May God grant you peace and we will see you again on the other side.All our love and best wishes...Pat and Larry Fedorczyk


Tara posted on 1/18/11

You're light will be missed Charlie.


Jamie Seipel posted on 1/18/11

I met Charlie through Chihuahua & Small Dog Rescue. I did not know her well, but we did enough events together to know how much she loved and believed in what we were doing. She was always smiling, always there to help. She made a huge difference, in both the lives of the people, and the animals that she touched. She will be greatly missed!


Darla Hanney posted on 1/18/11

I have known Charlie for nearly 18 years, and she was one of my Best Friends. I remember when I met her, she just emitted love, kindness, and sunshine. I instantly wanted to become her friend. Her and I have shared countless hours together sharing long, long talks about everything you can imagine, our most private thoughts, and the silliest things on earth. She was my shopping buddy, crafting pal, the person I went to movies with and of course fellow animal lover. Her and I shared a love of dogs, and I got my beloved wiener dog Moon from her own litter of Wiener dogs. He died a month before her and I know she is up there with him taking care of him. I also got my newest dog Lulu from Charlie and I will think of her every time I love my Lulu. Charlie was the most Selfless, Kind, Giving, Beautiful person (inside and out), I have ever known. The world will never be the same without her, and my life is forever changed for knowing her. I will think of her daily until the day I die. I love you Charlie and you will be missed more than you ever know.


Katie Applehans posted on 1/18/11

Charlie and I became friends through the Chihuahua rescue. We both ran the South adoptions together every first Saturday of the month. We spent many many Saturdays loving the dogs, telling stories and laughing together. Charlie helped me rescue my favorite and most loved dog "Lamar" who now lives happily with Charlie's mother and is called "Marley". She was so good to always give me updates and pictures of him and it was great hearing from her even though she had moved back to Utah and we couldn't hang out anymore. Charlie, thank you for being such a great friend. I am honored to have known you and shared your love for creatures great and small. You were an amazing, strong and beautiful lady. You will be forever missed.


Pat Libhart posted on 1/18/11

I met Charlie when she became a volunteer for Chihuahua and Small Dog Rescue. It was a wonderful day of my life.Charlie was a very giving and caring person and thought of others often before herself. She cared greatly about animals and in particular small dogs. She was a great asset to Chihuahua and Small Dog Rescue and did the best she could do to make a difference for all those little dogs.She was a great seamstress and designed and made some of the cutest outfits for our little four leg friends.I will miss her quiet manner and her wonderful smile. I hope that she is at peace and I know she is up there with all those little friends and just loving the kisses and tail wags.Charlie, I will miss you for many, many years to come. Be at peace and know I love you.pat