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Sunday Burquest (1971–2021), “Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X” contestant

by Linnea Crowther

Sunday Burquest was a contestant on 2016’s “Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X.”

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When Burquest joined the cast of “Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X,” she was already a cancer survivor, having beaten breast cancer in 2012. A mother of four, she was a youth pastor who had been working in the ministry for 26 years. On “Survivor,” which was set in Fiji, Burquest was part of the Gen X tribe, known as Takali. When the tribes later changed and merged, she became a member of Ikabula and then Vinaka. Burquest stayed on “Survivor” for 35 days, making it to the top seven cast members.

Notable quote

“Coming home after the show was honestly the weirdest feeling ever. After suffering on an island for over 30 days with people who just a month earlier were strangers, I realized I desperately missed them. Coming home to laundry and dishes and driving to my kids games felt like the Twilight Zone. Every park we’d walk by or in a wooded area, I caught myself looking over to see if there was a good spot to build a shelter or find firewood. I discovered I was almost uncomfortable in my bed. I even slept on the floor a few nights. I woke my husband up several times because I’d be sitting straight up in my bed saying, ‘I have to go find more firewood.’” —from a 2020 interview for Entertainment Weekly

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Full obituary: USA Today

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