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Kayla Marie Burns Obituary
Our Butterfly Baby
Our beautiful daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece and friend joined her family in heaven on August 13, 2012 after a seven year long battle with kidney disease. Kayla Marie Burns, 21, of West Jordan, Utah was born at Alta View hospital in Sandy Utah on April 12, 1991 to Michael Lynn and Gaylene Christensen Burns.
Kayla attended St. Vincent's and St. John the Baptist schools before she became ill. She also attended West Jordan High School. She cherished her family and friends more than anything. She had friends all over the world thanks to social media. Everyone who knew her loved her deeply. When you became friends with Kayla, it was instantaneous and lasting. She was loyal and would standby her friends right or wrong. She loved to argue. She would defend her point until you were convinced or just too tired to debate the point any more. She loved the outdoors, especially boating with her family. She loved to hike, camp and fish. She loved to sleep in her grandparent's motorhome. Kayla also loved to eat, especially at restaurants. She will be sorely missed by her family and all who knew her.
Kayla is survived by her parents, her older brother Michael Jr., and her three younger sisters, Sara, Jessica and Angel. She is also survived by her grandparents, Jerry and Norma Christensen, many aunts and uncles and countless cousins.
Kayla was preceded in death by her grandparents, Ken and Beth Burns, her uncle Kenny and her best friend and cousin, Megan Foote.
Her parents would like to thank all those who helped care for Kayla during her illness, most notably Primary Children's Pediatric Dialysis unit and the West Valley Dialysis center. She endured a lot of pain in the course of her treatment, but rarely complained.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday 10:00 a.m. at Saint Joseph the Worker Catholic Church 7405 South Redwood Road. A Vigil service will be held Friday, 7:00 p.m. where friends may call from 6:00-8:00 p.m. also at the church. Committal Mount Calvary Cemetery 4th Ave. & T Street. Funeral Directors Neil O'Donnell & Sons.
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to Make-A-Wish Foundation of Utah in her memory. They gave her one of the most memorable experiences of her life when they granted her wish.

Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Aug. 16 to Aug. 17, 2012
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