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Jill Ann Burnett

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Jill Ann Burnett November 24, 1945 - July 8, 2009 SALEM - Jill Ann Burnett passed from death unto life July 8, 2009 with her son at her side in the ICU at the Salem Regional Hospital. She was 63. Jill was born in Lancaster, Ohio to James and Ethel Crampton. After graduating from Lancaster High School in 1963, she worked as a secretary for Western Electric of Columbus, Ohio. In 1975, she married Dean Burnett of Baton Rouge, La. They moved to Salem in 1977, where Jill worked in state government for roughly 28 years: briefly as a temp for the Department of Commerce, the Public Utility Commission and Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, with her primary employment being as the Webmaster & NT Administrator of the Division of State Lands. In 1986, she was overjoyed to become a mother; this proved a most profound and lifelong joy. Jill was an incredibly loving wife and mother, a caring and dedicated friend, a compassionate, generous and sensitive soul. For nearly 50 years, she lovingly honored and faithfully served the Lord Jesus Christ, her Kinsman Redeemer. She had a heart for the lost and disadvantaged, serving as a child sponsor, missionary to Costa Rica, and friend to the homeless. Her personal ministry has encouraged and inspired many worldwide. She kept a heart wrenchingly beautiful diary of her beloved husband and his battle with cancer, it can be found at A tribute to her love of Salem and its surroundings is her blog Jill dreamed of visiting Paris and Venice, and spoke of retiring to the French countryside. Her favorite place on earth was the Oregon coast, at Road's End in Lincoln City. She loved visiting the Schreiner's Iris Gardens ever year. She greatly enjoyed graphic and web design, blogging, photography, gardening, cooking, sewing, welding, cat herding, arts and crafts, and singing praises to the Lord. Her favorite movies were Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea, Driving Miss Daisy, and the Bourne series; her favorite music included that of the Gaither Vocal Band and Il Divo. Jill is survived by her son, Jonathan of Salem; brothers, Jack of Texas, Jeff of Ohio and Jim of Calif. She was preceded in death by her parents and loving husband. Services are pending. Further details will be published on

Published in StatesmanJournal on July 19, 2009
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