Roberta “Bird” Burton, a Western Shoshone, 50 years old, passed on unexpectedly after a short illness on July 19, 2019.

She was born on December 9, 1968 in Schurz, Nevada to Robert Burton and Carlene Jackson Burton. She was raised in a traditional home and fluent in her native language as a member of the Burton, Hall, Jackson, and Jimmy families from the Austin, Reese River, and Smokey Valley areas. 

She deeply valued her family far and near. Bird was a proud, lifelong resident of Battle Mountain, graduating from Battle Mountain High School in 1987 and attended college at Haskell, University in Lawrence, Kansas and the Northern Nevada Community College in Elko. 

She carried on the strong work ethic of her family and was passionate about her lifelong career in the finance field where she worked for the Summit Lake Paiute Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Indian Reservation, the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe, and the Battle Mountain Band of the Te-Moak Tribe. 

She was a Battle Mountain Band tribal member.

She loved spending time with her husband Laren and traveling to attend native doings including sports, rodeo, fandango, ceremonies, and loved to play hand game. Throughout her journey on this land Bird made many friends whom she valued like family, especially the Sope family and crew at the Mud Creek Ranch in Owyhee, Nevada. She also had a close bond with her in-laws, the Kelly family, who she kept in contact with daily.

 She always made her home welcome and it was a pit stop for many family and friends traveling through the area. Bird was a loving parent along with her husband where together they raised several children. 

Bird is preceded in passing by her beloved father Robert Burton, paternal grandparents Bob and Nona Hall Burton, maternal grandparents Clarence and Mabel Jimmy Jackson, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives, and friends.

She is survived by her mother Carlene Burton, brother Lew Jackson, husband Laren “Chair” Kelly, children Derik, Jessica, Jasmine, Stillman, and Jayleigh, nephews Nacona Jackson (Natalie and Louie) and Leekey, dogs Zippi and Hot Dog, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives, and friends. Bird will be deeply missed by many.

A memorial service was held at on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at the Old Battle Mountain Junior High School with dinner following at the New Community Building on the Old Colony.