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Brenda Kay Burgess

Brenda Kay Burgess, age 69, died peacefully at home on April 17, 2020. Originally from Grafton, Ohio, Ms. Burgess lived for the past 17 years in Bryson City, North Carolina. She was employed with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad (GSMR) for the past 16 years. A valued and beloved member of GSMR, she had the distinct achievement of being the first and only female Brakeman on the train. Ms. Burgess is preceded in death by her parents, Hollis and Fela Burgess, and her two elder brothers Wayne and Gary Burgess, all of Grafton, Ohio. She is survived by her children, Michael Goldsmith of Bryson City, North Carolina and Holly Salisbury of Phoenix, Arizona. A lifelong animal lover, Ms. Burgess requested memorial donations be made to PAWS Animal Shelter in Bryson City, North Carolina at pawsbrysoncity.org or PAWS P.O. Box 1814 Bryson City, NC 28713. A celebration of life service will be held for friends and family at a later date. An online registry is available at: www.appalachianfuneralservices.com Appalachian Funeral Services of Sylva, NC is serving the family.

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Donna Schooler Apr 23 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Brenda Burgess

Donna Schooler Apr 23 2020 12:00 AM

Brenda was a special person in my life. Friend, coworker for so many years. Rest In Peace sweet lady.

Judy lee Apr 21 2020 12:00 AM

Holding you all in my prayers at this difficult time. My sincerest condolences to you all. Rest In Peace, Brenda Debbie Wolford Nehring

Debbie Wolford Nehring Apr 19 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Brenda Burgess

Debbie Wolford Nehring Apr 19 2020 12:00 AM

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