Claudia A Burns was born in Penetanguishene, Ontario, Canada on April 17 1940. She grew up in Midland, Ontario until she was 18. She loved playing sports. She played goalie in hockey, and enjoyed playing baseball.
She married James Bautista of the US Marine Corps in 1959, and moved to Quantico VA, where they had 2 children, Matthew and Julie.
The military lifestyle moved Claudia and her family through bases in Virginia, Hawaii, California, Canada, South Carolina, Hawaii again and finally Washington State, where she lived the remainder of her life.
Claudia worked as a sheet metal worker at ELDEC in Bothell, WA making aviation parts, including components of the space shuttle. She liked to bake, crochet and was an avid bowler, bowling in leagues and tournaments in the Everett area (her recent friends may know this by her love of Wii bowling). It must also be said that she loved elephants!
She is preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, James Bautista and Thomas Burns. She is survived by her children, Matthew and Julie, her twin brother Harry, sisters Verna and Nola, brother Lionel and seven grand children.
In her short time in Bellingham she made many friends. Claudia became a pillar of strength as friends and acquaintances witnessed her battle with dialysis, Parkinsons, getting her right arm amputated, and finally calciphylaxis (a rare disease that is a symptom of the end stages of renal failure). Through all of these and other ‘minor ailments’ along the way, she held her head up high and refused to give in and complained of her ‘condition’ very little.
Our family would like to send a very special "Thank You" to the staff and residents at Parkway Chateau, Mt Baker Care Center, Emeritus, and Mt Baker Kidney Center. You all made the sunset of her life happy and easy.
A funeral mass will be held for her at Sacred Heart Church in Fairhaven on March 22nd at 10:00 AM. Feel free to join us as we celebrate her life at the Broadway Hall shortly afterward.
You are and always will be an inspiration. Love you mom.