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Willafay Burns

May 16, 1963 — February 17, 2018

Willafay Ann Burns, of Sharon, Pennsylvania, peacefully passed away in her sleep during the early evening hours of Saturday, February 17, 2018, while a patient in UPMC Horizon - Shenango Valley Campus, Farrell, Pennsylvania following a brief illness. She was 54.

Willafay was born in Sharon, Pennsylvania on May 16, 1963, a daughter to Stanley C. and Marianne O. (Donaldson) Mellott, Sr.

A 1982 graduate from Farrell High School, she worked as a home health care aide for Community Resources Independent, Hermitage, Pennsylvania.

On October 18, 1985, she married Charles A. Burns, Sr., and born to this union were Charles Jr., Heather, and Jerri.

In her spare time, she playing Bingo, drinking Diet Pepsi, watching her favorite TV shows, COPS, Law & Order, and CSI. Her second home was the Sharon American Legion. However, spending time with her family warmed her heart the most.

Survivors include: her husband, Charles Sr.; her children, Charles Jr. & his wife Betsy, Sharon, Heather N. Rust & her husband Gregory, Grove City, Pennsylvania, and Jerri L. Burns & her companion Jacob Wagner, Sharon; her grandchildren, Jessica, Alexander, Aliannah, & Nevaeh (plus 2 on the way); her siblings, Chuck Mellott & his wife Renee, Sandy Lake, Pennsylvania, Edward Mellott & his wife Allyson, Erie, Pennsylvania, Mary Mellott, Hermitage, Pennsylvania, and Michelle Mellott, Greenville, Pennsylvania; her niece & nephew whom she helped raise, Mary & Kenny; as well as her many extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents; by her step-mother, Pat Mellott; and by her brother, SPC. Stanley C. Mellott, Jr.

A time of gathering to honor Willafay will be held Wednesday, February 21, 2018, from 12-2 PM in the home of Briceland Funeral Service, LLC, located on the historic village green at 379 State Route 7, SE, Brookfield, Ohio 44403. Her funeral service will immediately follow at 2 PM.

As suggested by her family, memorial contributions can be made to the family c/o the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy can be left for her family at

Coordination of this tribute for Miss Willafay will be presented by Daniel Briceland, Owner & Director (330-509-3135).

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Willafay Burns, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

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Gathering of Family and Friends

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

12:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Funeral Service

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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