Carol Jane Burley | Obituary


Keith & Keith Funeral Home

On January 17, 2022, heaven won a beautiful angel. Born on January 1, 1938, Carol Jane Burley was a true gift and blessing to everyone who came into her life.

Carol graduated from UC Davis where she met her husband, Jim. The couple moved to Yakima, WA in 1965 where she devoted all her love and energy to raising her four children.

Her innate charisma, intelligence and ability to connect with people launched her into a successful 33-year career in real estate.

Carol’s sense of adventure took her and Jim around the world, but nothing was more cherished than spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Anyone who met Carol will tell you she had a palpable authenticity and warmth. She was the embodiment of unconditional love. His generosity, his class and his wisdom were a gift for all of us. All of these traits were complemented by a calm strength that we all admired and strived to emulate.

Carol attracted a care team of amazing women affectionately referred to as the “Burley team”. These women loved our mom so much and quickly became a family. Words cannot express our gratitude for their skilled care, compassion and companionship.

Carol is predeceased by her husband James and son, Steve Burley. She is survived by her brother Tom (Cheryl) Funkhouser, her sister Haley Landis, her daughters Sharon Metz, Kathy Rowe, Sarah (Jamie) Fate, Tena Burley and her grandchildren Lara Carmichael. Jacob Burley, Kyle (Christine) Burley, Liz Tikriti, Marissa Pickett, Lane and Emma Fate, Makenzie and Morgan Metz, Taylor and Harlan Rowe, Kiersten (Eric) Burroughs and great-grandchildren Nathan Carmichael, Loren Scott-Metz and Brody Burroughs.

Instead of flowers, tell someone how much they mean to you and donate to your favorite charity to honor Carol’s generosity.

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