Abigail "Abby" Ryan Burns, age 23, passed away Monday, April 22, 2013 at Medical City Dallas Hospital. She was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in January 2011, and persevered through illness, a bone marrow transplant, chemotherapy and many complications. After a valiant fight, Abby went to our Lord peacefully with her family and dear friends by her side.
Abby was born on June 8, 1989 in Denison, Texas to Kevin Burns and Sharon Wallace. A talented athlete, her passion was softball and she was a feared left-hander. She graduated from Denison High School with a perfect 4.0 grade point average and earned many academic and athletic honors. She played softball at Grayson County College from 2007-09 and then transferred to Texas Woman's University in Denton. She was a major contributor for the Pioneers both in the pitching circle and as a power hitter. After a successful junior season, her collegiate softball career was cut short with the leukemia diagnosis. Abby was determined to finish her studies, and despite the intense side effects from the bone marrow transplant and chemotherapy, she stayed enrolled at TWU. She achieved her goal and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. Walking across the stage to a standing ovation at TWU's commencement ceremony on May 11, 2012 to receive her diploma was truly a highlight in her life.
Abby wanted to be a nurse and was accepted into Grayson College's nursing program. But this was one goal she would not realize. Her health began to fail in January 2013 and she became too weak to continue the fight. She is remembered for her independence and a strong devotion to her grandmother Alice Burns who raised her. She was a big fan of the Texas Rangers and especially Ian Kinsler.
Abby is survived by her father, Kevin Burns of Denison; her mother, Sharon Wallace of Denison; sisters, Ashley Cooper of Austin, Texas, Alexia Ellis of Denison, and Alyssa Thompson of Denison; grandmother, Alice Burns of Denison; grandparents, Earl and Cathy Howard of Denison; and grandfather, Joe Burns of Ennis, Texas.
She leaves behind loving cousins, friends and softball teammates who care for her deeply. TWU Softball will retire Abby's #19 jersey and has dedicated the remainder of their season to her.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013 at Parkside Baptist Church with Dr. Chet Haney officiating. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Denison. Pallbearers will be Kelly Burns, Richie Bruister, Timothy Howard, Jeremy Stanton, and Brian Wallace.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The family wishes to extend sincere thanks to the outstanding doctors and nurses at Medical City Dallas Hospital, Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, and Texoma Medical Center, and to Robyn Readicker and Christi Williams who truly were Abby's softball moms.
Condolences may be registered online at www.fisherfh.com . Arrangements are under the direction of Fisher Funeral Home in Denison.