We have said goodbye to our beloved Christine Ann Burns-DuVall on January 14, 2018. Mother to Eli Quentin Burns-Irvin, widow of James DuVall, and Daughter of Lawrence Burns, father; Joyce Williams, mother and Robert Williams, step-father. She is sadly missed by her brother James “Jim” Burns (Lesley) of Worden, IL. Christine a step sister Dorothy who preceded her in death. Her four step-brothers loved their young step-sister, Dennis (Debby) Williams, Robert (Patty) Williams, Donald Williams, and Michael Williams.
Christine was born March 4, 1965 and grew up in Glen Carbon, Il. She attended and graduated with honors from Edwardsville High School in 1982. She loved animals and would raise young rabbits that were displaced by lawn mowing, during her childhood she enjoyed her dog Buttons and her many puppies.
After her mother and step-father married she moved to Edwardsville where she lived through high school and several quarters at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. She became a very good laboratory director and archaeological field tech for SIUE and University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. She worked at the Cahokia Mounds Historic Site and is listed in a publication of Women of Cahokia Mounds. A gifted artist, she designed architectural bricks for Klueter Bros. in Edwardsville. She reconstructed complex pre-historically (Mississippian) created statues that had blown apart in a fire in a prehistoric structure. While working at Urbana, she worked with historic materials from early French and Indian sites which later became a focus of study for her and her husband Jim.
Christine and Scott Irvin had a son Eli Quentin Burns-Irvin on May 26, 1995. Scott is a loving and supportive father to Eli. Eli’s mother Christine used her creative talents to make him fun birthday cakes and building imaginary play structures such as sleds, ships, and trains. She and Eli spent many days collecting mushrooms and other plants, Chris loved herbs. She met and married Jim DuVall, an interpreter at the historic 18th century Fort de Chartres in southern Illinois. Their wedding took place at the historic Menard Home Historic Site, Ellis Grove Illinois on September 12, 1998. The bride and groom and wedding party were dressed in 18th century style.
She worked as an archaeologist on several historic and pre-historic sites and became involved in an historic organization attached to Fort de Chartres, Les Coureus des Bois de Fort de Chartres. She assisted her husband with the Fort de Chartres cannon school.
She is missed by many friends and family. Visitation will be held January 27, 2018 from 4 to 7 pm at Irwin Funeral Home, Glen Carbon. At 7 pm there will be a short ceremony for friends and family to share their remembrances of Christine.
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