Obituaries: Shelby Jean Burt(1943-2008)

September 30, 2008 11:00 pm

Shelby Jean Burt died Sept. 14, 2008, at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, Ore. She and her husband, Charles A. Burt, Sr., lived in Crescent City for 13 years, where they operated West Coast Crab Company until they moved in 1986.

She was born Feb. 4, 1943, in Springfield Ill., to Casper and Evelyn Davis. She was a filleter for numerous fisheries, from Santa Rosa, Calif., to Coos Bay, Ore., until she became disabled in 1989. She loved being outdoors — camping, hunting, fishing, gardening and raising animals.

Burt also volunteered at senior centers in Coos and Harney counties. Burt is survived by her sisters Lucille Wells and husband, Marvin, and Fern Menlow; children Jeanette Martin, Charles A. Burt, Jr. and wife Cheryl, and Billie Joe Burt; grandchildren Trevor Charles Burt, Teresa Marie Burt, Daniel Burt and wife Kaira, David Burt and Dale Burt; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Burt was preceded in death by her husband, Charles A. Burt Sr.; father, Casper Davis; mother, Evelyn Davis; brothers, George Davis, Earl Davis and Charles Davis; and sister, Pearl Davis Johnson.

A memorial service was held at Harney County Senior and Community Services Center on Sept. 27. Contributions can be made in Burt's memory to the Harney County Food Bank, in care of the senior center.