Carolyn Mae Burt, 61, Emmett, Idaho, passed away on December 2, 2020. She died suddenly of natural causes related to multiple sclerosis and lungs weakened by a previous pulmonary event. Carolyn was one of two twin daughters born to Arthur Wayne and Shirley Jean Burt in Council, Idaho, on April 3, 1959.
Carolyn graduated from Emmett High School in 1977, where she excelled in playing the cello. She had an innate ability to play by ear and spent many enjoyable hours with a bow in her hand. In 1991, Carolyn graduated from Idaho State University with a degree in University Studies, with an emphasis in gerontology. After graduation, she received licensure as a social worker and dedicated her professional life to serving others. She worked in long term care for a period of time and later worked for the State of Idaho in several different capacities, including policy writing. She retired in early 2020.
Carolyn was a life-long Girl Scout, was a troop leader, a trainer of trainers and director of several different Girl Scout camps. She was a tireless advocate for girls and also served her community as a volunteer. She also had a keen interest in gardening, rocks and gems, and in later years, developed a fascination with astrology and in viewing the night sky. Her musical ability included proficiency on both the cello and guitar, and she had a lovely singing voice. Carolyn spent her entire adult life in Idaho, where she enjoyed relaxing at her parents’ cabin in Cascade, attending the Trailing of the Sheep event in Sun Valley, creating a welcoming home with her partner, Harry, and spending time with her niece and nephews. Carolyn gave selflessly of her time to help support her mother’s daily living needs. She was also devoted to her twin, Connie, and they shared many adventures together, traveling, singing, giggling, and making memories.
Carolyn is preceded in death by her sister, Shelley and her father, Wayne. She is survived by her life partner, Harry Patterson; mother, Shirley Burt; siblings, Kathy (George) Holomshek, Mike (Angie) Burt, Connie Barnes and Vicki (Gilbert) Bustos; nephews, Joe Burt, Tony (Katie) Burt, George Holomshek, Jr. and Andrew Holomshek; niece, Ashley Holomshek; grand-niece Callie Burt; and several step-children and step-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 8 at 2:00 PM, at the Potter Funeral Chapel in Emmett, Idaho. An opportunity for viewing will be available at 1:00 PM.
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