Tracy Tyree Burden, 50, of New Palestine, passed away Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, after a long illness. She was born in Ogden, Utah, and was the cherished daughter of Greg and Dee Amsden of Palmyra, N. Y.
She graduated high school in Twin Falls, Idaho, and after attending a local community college, she became a veterinarian tech, which reflected her life long love of animals. In 1985, she married M. Miles Burden in The Seattle Washington Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
She dedicated her life to her family as a wife and mother and was also very active in her church, regardless of the geographical location. She lived in San Antonio, Dallas, and Lubbock, Texas, and moved with her family overseas to Puerto Rico; Vienna, Austria, and to Budapest, Hungary. She became adept at thriving in foreign cultures and was an accomplished linguist, speaking Spanish, German and some Hungarian.
She loved to watch nature in full bloom, regional birds in their splendor, and all of God’s creations that provide variety and diversity upon the face of the earth.
She is survived by her husband, and all of her children, Erika Burden (Joseph) McWhirter of Lubbock, Texas, Evan M. Burden, Elijah R. Burden, Emily D. Burden all of New Palestine; her grandchildren, Grace McWhirter of Lubbock, Texas and Arya Burden of Budapest, Hungary; five sisters; four brothers; and numerous nephews and nieces.
A viewing will be held between 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints chapel located at 114 N. Rampart Drive St., Shelbyville, IN 46176. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Burial is scheduled at the Palmyra Cemetery in Palmyra, N.Y., in the family plot, pending arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be sent to American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), PO Box 96929, Washington, DC, 20090-6929, or to a local humane society.
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