Sister Felicia Ann Neal-Burns was born January 19, 1968 in St. Louis, Missouri to Leroy Neal (who preceded her in death), and Minnie Neal. She was the only child to Minnie Neal.
Felicia accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior at an early age at Tabernacle Baptist Church under the leadership of the Late Pastor R. B. Austin in Saginaw, Michigan. She served faithfully in several churches prior to moving to Kansas, including the New St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Arthur Carruthers, Sr. and later The New Hope Missionary Church under the leadership of Reverend David Robertson.
Felicia was raised in Saginaw, Michigan and received her K-12 education in the Saginaw Public School System, she graduated from Arthur Hill High School. Felicia earned her bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan and her MBA from Davenport University in Warren, Michigan. Felicia was employed as an Occupational Therapist for Nova Care Therapy Services. Felicia also served as an active, faithful member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Ypsilanti Chapter. In 1995, she married her husband of 23 years Michael Burns. To this relationship, was born their daughter, Michae’la D’Ann Burns.
The Burns family relocated to the State of Kansas in 2006 and eventually became members of the Oakridge Missionary Church under the leadership of Dr. Ricky D. Turner. Felicia additionally served in the O.E.S. District 5, Kansas City, Kansas. Despite several medical challenges, one could always find Felicia volunteering or helping anyone seeking assistance in which her skills could be used. Family and friends often joked and marveled at her ability to do all she did without complaining despite her medical challenges.
Felicia departed from this life after a short, acute medical illness on Monday, January 29, 2018 at the Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. She leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Dr. Michael Burns; her daughter, Michae’la D’Ann Burns who, she affectionally referred to as “Angel”; her mother, Mrs. Minnie Hope and Mr. Carl Billings, Sr. “Pa Pa” of Lenexa, Kansas; 4 sisters and 6 brothers, Brenda (Tony) King of Forrest City, Arkansas, Tricia Neal of Flint, Michigan; Zenobia Bridgewater of St. Louis, Missouri; Valeria Molina of Springfield, Florida; Reginald (Lynn) Neal of Colorado; Rodney Neal and Gregory Hendrix of Georgia; Mario (Belinda) Neal of Flint, Michigan; and Jewell and Khari Neal both of Saginaw, Michigan; 4 aunts, Mae Sisson of St. Louis, Missouri; Olivia Bryson of Saginaw, Michigan; and Mary Neal; and Christine (Charles) Miller of Forrest City, Arkansas; 5 uncles, Albert Sisson of Memphis, Tennessee; Jake Sisson, Jr. of Ruleville, Mississippi; Tommy Neal of Forrest City, Arkansas; Frank (Naomi) Neal; and Larry Graham of Saginaw, Michigan; mother-in-law, Viola Foster of Detroit, Michigan; Lisa Foster-Young; and Lashawn Foster-Dorsette both of Detroit, Michigan; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, including her special friend Pamela Bryant.
Felicia was preceded in death by her brother, Curtis Rogers; and Sister Charlette Travis.