ROSSMOOR, Calif. — Elizabeth Joan "Sis" Walker Burtsell entered Heaven on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, with her family and priest by her side. She was the epitome of courage and strength as she endured multiple illnesses. Her faith in God sustained her. She was 81 and lived in Rossmoor, California. She had lived in California since the late 1950s but kept Wyoming in her heart her whole life.
Liz is survived by her husband of 54 years Gary Burtsell. They had a marriage filled with love and happiness.
Her daughters Brooke Burtsell Tuppan (Christopher) of Manhattan Beach, California, and Joan Busby (Seamus) of Novato, California, both feel blessed to have had her as their mother. She will be dearly missed by grandsons Seamus, Owen and Hagen Busby; and granddaughter Ellis Tuppan.
Liz was born in Rock Springs to Mary Jelouchan Walker and Ronald Walker. She had a happy childhood with her large family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers Alva, Wayne and Douglas (Carol-d) “Duke” Walker.
She is survived by brothers Ronald (Judy) and Le Roy (Pam) Walker of Rock Springs; sisters Frances (Larry-d) Campbell of Utah and Sylvia (Steve) Hill of Idaho; many dear nieces and nephews; and her dear friend of eight decades Mrs. Celie Kohl of Rock Springs.
Liz was a cheerleader and good student at Rock Springs High School, where she graduated with the Class of 1955. She worked at Jay’s Drive–In and attended Saints Cyril and Methodius. She graduated from St. Mary College in Kansas and worked as an X-ray technician and in nuclear medicine.
Liz was a beautiful person both inside and out. She loved God, her family and America. Kind, classy, bright, humble, and sweet describe her well. Her smile lit up any room. “Be of Good Cheer” is a message she wanted to share with her friends and family.
A rosary and funeral Mass will be held on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, at St. Hedwig’s Church in Los Alamitos, California. May her memory be a blessing.