On Valentine's Day, the Wood River Valley lost one of its biggest fans and enthusiastic visitors. Emily Burtis passed away peacefully in Chicago with her daughter Karee at her side.
She was born June 4, 1921, in Decatur, Illinois. Emily married Lewis Burtis in Sacramento in 1943, before Lewis went to the European war theatre of World War II and flew many missions piloting a B-24 Liberator. Married for 63 years, Lewis preceded Emily to Heaven by two years. They are survived by their children Charles, Karee and Kathy.
An expert gardener and golfer, she enjoyed being a volunteer in the neighborhood schools of Champaign, The Burnham Auxiliary, and the Methodist Church. She and Lewis visited every one of our states, and traveled extensively throughout the world. After learning to ski on Dollar Mountain at age 56, she never missed a winter skiing in Sun Valley, and was so excited when she became a Baldy skier. Rain, sleet and 10 below zero never stopped her, and she had many ski buddies from 30 yeas of skiing. It typically snowed 3 feet any week she was in the valley, and she loved it.
Her children miss her very much, and suggest gifts in memory of her be made in support of the First United Methodist Church, Champaign, Illinois.