Barbara Gail Burns Celiz

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The family of Barbara Gail Burns Celiz’ celebrates
her life and recent passing to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on November 11, 2017. Barbara was a Christian who courageously confronted an early 2017 diagnosis of inoperable brain cancer.
When the time drew near to make her
journey to her eternal life, Barbara clearly stated she was prepared and ready to join Jesus. She smiled as she thought about seeing her father, brother, grandparents, and other Christian relatives and friends who would welcome her with open

Barbara was born January 31, 1952 in Leesville, LA, to Jimmie Britt Burns and Overton Brown Burns, Sr. She grew up in Leesville with her two sisters and one brother. She was proceeded in death by her father, Overton B.
Burns Sr. and her brother Overton B. Burns, Jr. Barbara is survived by her mother, Jimmie B. Burns of Leesville, and two sisters, Ellen Burns Mount of Leesville and Cheri Ann Burns of Eunice, LA. Barbara is also survived by her husband, Lee Celiz’ of
South Carolina and two sons, Nicolas Celiz’ of Fort Worth, TX and US Navy LT Brendan Celiz’ stationed in Kiel, Germany, and step-daughter Christina Celiz’ Miller of SC.
Barbara was always an excellent student and graduated from Leesville
High School in 1970 with academic honors. She received a BS degree in Nursing from Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA. She completed her Master’s degree in Nursing in Dallas, TX, preparing her for a long and successful career as a Nurse
Practitioner. She was a respected professional known for her superior knowledge and ability.

Barbara was a talented pianist who shared her gift with the members of her home church, East Leesville Baptist Church. She began
giving piano lessons to other children in Leesville when she was a child herself. Barbara had a passion for gardening with a special love of roses. Her photography hobby brought great pleasure to all her family. She was a true animal lover with a
canine companion throughout the years.

Barbara was a quiet and unassuming child and teenager who as an adult found her calling as a strong advocate for her medical patients. She was a private person with great inner strength.
She leaves an impressive legacy of Christian love and caring.