Barbara Ann Brill passed away unexpectedly on September 2 2020 in Bozeman, Montana at Highgate Memory Care. She was 78 and had been battling memory loss for some time.
She died peacefully with her beloved pooch, mini-aussie dog Cheever at her side.
Barbara is predeceased in death by her Parents, Leon Bernard Brill and Alice Louis Brill (Wright).
She is also preceded in death by her faithful and devoted Sushi cat. Sushi was a beautiful Persian feline that had plenty of personality and lived a long life with her loving parent for many years.
Barbara is survived by her son Ian Burns, daughter-in-law Sonya Randrup, grandsons Michael Burns and Nik Burns of Santa Rosa, CA. She also is survived by her sister Patti Brill, niece Amanda Martin, nephew Jesse Martin and wife Judy Martin and nephew Sam Ruczak, all of the Mendocino Coast.
Barbara’s beloved dog Cheever was adopted by her long time and best friend’s son, Jake and his wife Lisa, son Sean and daughter Collen Winn. Cheever is happy living in Oregon with his forever family. Her 2 cats Shadow and Specter survive and were adopted out to a cat loving home in Bozeman.
She was married to and is survived by R. Michael Burns of Fort Bragg (1963-1977).
Barbara was married to and is survived by Chris Vandiver of Bainbridge Island, WA (1983-1996).
Barbara was born on January 10th 1942 in Sacramento, CA.
She graduated from the University of California Berkeley in January 1963 with a degree in Political Science.
Later in her life she graduated from the University of Utah SJ Quinney School of Law with a Masters of Law. During her time there she served as a Senior Staff Member of the Utah Law Review Board from 1995-1996. Barbara was recognized many times for her prolific writing prowess such as the American Jurisprudence Award for Legal Writing and the William Leary Certificate for Outstanding Performance.
Barbara was most proud of her job as a Special District Attorney in the Office of the State Engineer for the State of New Mexico, she was a legal writer and litigator.
Barbara lived in many places, Truckee, Marin County, Navarro Ridge 2 times in California. Salt Lake City, Santa Fe New Mexico and her final stop in Bozeman, MT. She was a lover of the outdoors and enjoyed swimming, biking, running, kayaking and hiking these great locations.
Any contributions in her memory should be made to any Ronald McDonald House. Barbara was a cancer survivor and she would appreciate helping the families that have to deal with it.