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Amanda L. Burris

Springfield, Illinois

Dec 12, 1987 – Oct 9, 2021 (Age 33)


December 12, 1987
October 9, 2021
Springfield, Illinois


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Vancil-Murphy Funeral Home - Springfield Obituary

Amanda Burris, 33, of Dawson, passed away unexpectedly on October 9, 2021, at St. John’s Hospital. 

Amanda was born in Highland Park, Illinois on December 12, 1987. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Ronald Manson, William and Carolyn Tygrett; her baby, Willow, her pup, Nikki Girl, and her brother, Timmy.

Amanda is survived by her loving husband, Wayne Burris; her parents, Gary Manson and Tina White (Chris); her many siblings, Sarah (Peter), Rachel (Eric), Nathan (Ashleigh), Amy (Matt), Andrew (Brooke); her nephews, Michael, Mason, PJ, Oliver, Jackson, Elias, Billy; her nieces, Alyssa, Lucy, Skylar, Kinsleigh, Annaleigh; her grandma, Joanne and great-grandma, Marie along with several aunts, uncles and cousins.

She started her life in the city but was meant for country life. Country girl or not, her taste buds always craved Chicago Italian Beefs with giardiniera and Rosati's pizza. She was a camo lovin’ tie dye wearin’ free spirit with an infectious laugh and could always be found with a camera in her hand. She gave the type of hug that made you feel safe in her arms. Amanda had a deep love for animals, especially dogs and she was absolutely obsessed with her nieces and nephews. 

As a child, Amanda spent tons of time at the roller rink with friends, playing in the creek with her cousins catching crawfish and traveling the country racing quarter midget cars. 

Amanda’s dream was to grow her love of photography into a business where she could capture life through her eyes. She loved to be in the sun, boating with the people she loved or curling up on the couch reading a good book. 

She spent almost every minute of the last 20 years side by side with her one and only love. Her and Wayne were inseparable. They loved sitting by the fire, maxin’ on their favorite foods with all the fixin’s, spending time at her dad’s grilling and watching movies, road tripping to Chicago to spend time with family, and together she was proud to call themselves “Team Get Shit Done”. She could paint a bedroom, change a tire, clean a house spotless, mow a lawn but she was always sure to get poison ivy. Amanda was the toughest girl you’d ever meet but always so girly with her toenails done and her eyebrows always on point. 

She was the best aunt ever. You’d always catch her rolling around in the grass with the kids, swimming in the pool, making gingerbread houses, coloring and painting and always had fun crafts planned. She was sure to spend every year at the state fair with them as traditions were so important to her. Taking them camping and teaching them how to fish and hunt was always a must. There were always a lot of snacks and s’mores were definitely on the menu. She read them stories and made sure they knew that she would always be there for them. She was the type of best friend that everyone wanted. She was the girl that would make you heartfelt homemade gifts for your birthday or she would show up at your house to make you smile. And her friends would say that it didn’t matter what you looked like; you were getting in the picture regardless. She was a rare soul who wore her heart on her sleeve and touched the lives of so many. She is now a guardian angel to the so many that she left behind. But she is flying high with all that went before her and she is dancing. 

Visitation will be held from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at Vancil-Murphy Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held immediately following at 5:30 p.m., with Reverend Mark Gifford officiating.

In honor of Amanda, please wear camo or tie-dyed attire.

In lieu of flowers please donate to PAWS Jackson

He takes care of His people like a shepherd. He gathers them like lambs in His arms and carries them close to Him. Isaiah 40:11

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I met Amanda years ago at Twisted Pipes, a store that Gary, her dad ran. Within a couple of years my wife and I were looking for a new caregiver as my wife has quadriplegia. Gary suggested that we meet his daughter to see if she might work out for us. Needless to say, we met with her and my wife hired her on the spota first for my wife. In the following years Amanda became as close as family to us. She was a friend and she made my wife feel safe. She came to work with a positive attitude...

So sad to hear of Amanda passing.
My heart breaks for all her loved ones.
Thank you for being great friends to my son Tony Mabie .
Gone to soon.

My heart, thoughts and prayers are with you all as you say goodbye to Amanda! With love, Brenda

Amanda began working as my personal caregiver in 2013. I knew from the moment I met her that she was someone special, and, for the first time ever, I hired her on the spot. She was immediately part of the family. When I was with her, my husband could relax because there was nothing Amanda couldn't do or a situation she couldn't handle. She was the one of the kindest people I've ever met, and I always felt safe and comfortable with her. I know she loved her family, and my thoughts go out to...

May this candle shine bright in all loved ones windows and many hearts

Our hearts go out to my nephew Wayne and his wife Amanda's family.
Amanda was taken way to soon and so many will miss this beautiful kind hearted soul. You will never be forgotten I am sure!

Rest in peace and spread your angel wings and fly!

Amanda and I met at CACC our Jr year of high school, she was so full of life even at 17 I could see it in her eyes she seemed to be the enjoy every moment in life as much as possible. She was a great support to me when I myself suffered a miscarriage. God love her she was such an amazing soul. Rest in heaven Amanda love you girl.

May this candle shine bright in all loved ones windows and many hearts

I am so sorry for Wayne and Amanda's family.
Amanda was taken way to soon and so many will miss this beautiful kind hearted soul. You will never be forgotten I am sure!

Rest in peace and spread your angel wings and fly!

My deepest condolences to all of you.

May this candle bring you light and warmth to your life again someday.

Loved and remembered. Gone too soon. Never forgotten.

Simone from Germany

Hi Angel Amanda, I am going to miss you wish I could have seen you more often. You are the kindest seeetest person, always there for everyone and I never heard a complaint from you. You were a Angel on earth and now a Angel in Heaven love you Amanda