Kay Burns

Jan 5, 1944 - Oct 19, 2019


Kay “Carol” Burns, 75, of Citrus Heights, CA passed away peacefully on October 19, 2019 with her daughter and family at her side. Born January 5, 1944 in Sacramento, CA. Kay spent her entire career in the Credit Industry, working for 45 years as a Credit Manager, with much of her career spent at her beloved River City Rentals, where she was affectionately known as Ma. She is survived by her daughter Shannon Leach, grandson Ryan Fiola, sister Charlotte Turnbow (Mike), numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and many wonderful friends. Preceded in death by her husband Johny Burns, parents Clark Morris Sr., Hertha Gamble, and brother Clarkie Morris. Viewing to be held Tuesday, October 29, 2019 from 5-8 p.m. at East Lawn Mortuary, 5757 Greenback Lane, Sacramento, CA 95841. Funeral to be held Friday, November 1, 2019 at 10 a.m. also at East Lawn. Burial and luncheon immediately following.


  • Matthew cravenho says:

    Very good woman she was loved by lots of people she was such a good person do anything for you…. I still remember going to her house to pick up work papers or to drop papers off and she always invite me in for coffee and muffins but trust me if she wanted to be mean she won’t hold back…. gunna miss you maaa love ya Rip river city family Matt

  • Lana Moore says:

    Enjoyed a few fun filled lunches with Kay. She had a beautiful laugh. She had a strong political view, which I loved about her! She will be greatly missed. Lana

  • Katie Ritter says:

    Kay (aka MA) was a very great woman! I had the privilege of being trained by Kay and man was she a go-getter! She was amazingly funny as well as know how to handle business. She will be missed by so many of us here at River City.

  • Bev Adams says:

    I remember Kay back when I started at US Rentals on Elvas. Wonderful woman who impacted a lot of lives. Rest in peace Kay.

  • David ybarra says:

    Kay was one of those that would tell you exactly what was on her mind. If you were a dummy she would let you know that your a dummy. But even if you were a dummy and you needed help Kay would be there to help. In my youth while working with Kay I found myself having to take an “extended leave of absence”. I was told that my vacation would be cashed out in a lump sum and that this was the only way our corporation at the time could accommodate my needs. I explained to Kay that I needed my child support to come out every two weeks and she not only found a way to make this happen but she also cashed my check for me and gave it to me my fiancé to cover my portion of the bills. Not only did I not skip any child support paymentsbut she also gained an eternal friend, I would’ve done anything for that woman because when I was told no she found a way. Later on Kay asked myself and my best friend build the neighbor friendly fence in her backyard in which we did. She paid for the supplies and I told her that I was doing it for practice and I would not take money from her. She then instructed her boyfriend to pay my friend and I $200 a piece for our weekends worth of work.i will miss you Ma but you memories will live with me for ever. Both of my children know who you are because you have impacted my life and in turn impacted theirs. Thank you for letting us practice building fences in your back yard.

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