In Memory of

Jolan Burns

May 24, 1957 - February 9, 2014
Jolan Marie (Woolley Smith) Burns, 56, of Tucson, Arizona, passed into the hands of our Lord surrounded by her family on February 9, 2014 after a long battle with cancer. Jolan was born in Schroeder, MN on May 24, 1957 to George and Ruth Woolley. Jolan spent her childhood in the Washta and Quimby, IA area; graduating from Willow High School in 1975. Jolan married Steven Smith on May 25, 1974; together they had 3 daughters, Lexie Smith-Raymond of Tucson, AZ; Nikki (Smith) Gibson of Killeen, TX; and Megan Smith of Williston, ND. She later married Brian Burns of Tucson, AZ on February 14, 2007. Jolan received her nursing degree from Iowa Central Community College in 1989, and in 2012 completed her BSN at Grand Canyon University. Jolan worked proudly as a nurse for the last 24 years specializing in OB nursing for several hospitals including St. Joseph's in Tucson, AZ where she was employed at the Perinatal Assessment Clinic. Jolan enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, taking her grandchildren to the zoo, and having family meals at her home. Jolan is survived by her husband Brian: daughters Lexie (Walter), Nikki (Dustin) and Megan; father, George Woolley; siblings: Chuck (Julie), Charlene, Rick, and Marlene (Brad): grandchildren, David, Faith, Christopher, Evan and Zachery. Jolan is preceded in death by her mother, Ruth (Krause) Woolley. Memorial services for Jolan will be held Thursday, February 13 at 6:00 PM at HUDGEL'S SWAN FUNERAL HOME in TUCSON, AZ. A memorial and burial service will be held at a later date in Cherokee, IA with arrangements to be made by GREENWOOD FUNERAL HOME.
Memorial services will be held at 2 P.M. Saturday, May 3, 2014, at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee.
Pastor Jon Riggert
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Meriden Cemetery Meriden, Iowa


Friday, May 2, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry for your loss. I worked with Jolan's Mother for years and knew most of the of Family. You all Take Care ”
- Mary Morris
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“Myself and my sister Diana would like to send our condolences. We were Jolan's cousins through marriage with Steve. Looking at Jolan's picture, she looks the same as I can always remember her. Our prayers are with you and the family.”
- Delia Short Edwards & Diana (Short) Jackson
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“To all of Jolan's family,,
My deepest sympathy to your family in the loss of Jolan. I worked around her at the Mental Health Institute in Cherokee many years ago. May you find comfort in all of the great memories that you have of times spent with her. God's blessings to all of you. ”
- Dana (File) Kies
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“I am so sorry that Jolan lost her battle against cancer. She sure had a lot of it thrown at her. I always have good thoughts when I think of her. I am so sorry I lost touch with her. You girls and your families are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
- Lorna F Clark
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