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Funeral services for Lillian "Tootie" Burns, age 80, of Morristown, will be 2:00pm Friday, March 18, 2005 at Spencer Memorial Presbyterian Church in Lemmon. The Rev Ann Altman will officiate with burial in the Morristown Cemetery.

A family service will be held at 7:00pm on Thursday evening at the Evanson-Jensen Funeral Home in Lemmon.

Special music will be provided by Marilyn Willey.

Serving as casketbearers are Jeff Sackmann, John, Tim, Jim, Gary Uhrig, and Bill Nehl, Ryan and Brad Beyers . All nephews, nieces, and relatives are considered honorary bearers.

LILLIAN IRENE BEYERS "Tootie" was born June 7, 1924 north of Morristown, SD to Harold and Eudora (Peterson) Beyers. She attended school at Morristown and worked at cafe's in the Morristown area. During the war, she worked in Iowa and then returned home where she was united in marriage to Leslie Varland. Two children were born to this union, Donna and Bob. Leslie passed away in 1947. Tootie was united in marriage to Harlan Kanis in 1948 and one son Donald was born. They lived several places in the Dakota's and surrounding states where she operated numerous cafes, worked at the Rapid City airport along with many other jobs. On February 14, 1970, Tootie was united in marriage to George W. Burns at Lemmon. They began their life together on the Burn's Family Homestead near the Grand River south of Morristown. They farmed and ranched together there for many years until moving into Morristown in 1988. Tootie has been in failing health the past few years and passed away on Tuesday, March 15, at Five Counties Hospital in Lemmon.

She was a member of the River View Gal's Extension Club, and Eastern Star. She enjoyed bowling and playing bingo. But most of all, she enjoyed the company of her family and grandchildren and was always concerned about them.
Surviving family members include her husband, George, Morristown; son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Karen Varland, Lemmon; 3 grandchildren, Camille "Cammy" Varland, Dallas, TX; Bobby Varland Jr., Morristown; Casey Varland, Bismarck, ND; 2 brothers and sisters-in-law, Bob and Deloris Beyers, Billings, MT; Buzz and Bonnie Beyers, Baker, MT; 2 sisters and brothers-in-law, Elsie and Rudy Sackmann, Lemmon; Karen and Larry Rafferty, Wayne, OK; Hank Uhrig, Morristown; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Tootie was preceded in death by her parents, her step-father Herb Farstad, 1 son Donald Kanis, 1 daughter Donna Varland, 3 sisters and brothers-in-law, Lila and John Uhrig, Eileen and Ted Nehl, and Cissy Uhrig.

A memorial has been established to Alzheimers.