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Zayne Sibley Burkhalter
  • December 28, 1944
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  • January 11, 2021

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Zayne Sibley Burkhalter

December 28, 1944 – January 11, 2021

“In the sweetness of friendship, let there be laughter.”

Zayne Sibley Burkhalter passed away peacefully January 11, 2021, in her adopted hometown of New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

Zayne was born to the late Julia M. and Harry T. Sibley in New Jersey, the third of six children. She grew up in Mt. Ephraim, New Jersey, graduating from Audubon High School in 1963. Zayne was known as an athlete in high school, receiving varsity letters in Field Hockey, Softball, and Basketball. After graduation she worked as a legal secretary and paralegal for several law firms in Philadelphia, PA. She was an active member and youth leader of the First United Methodist Church of Mt. Ephraim. Zayne married in 1966, giving birth to a son Brett Aubrey Buksar in 1972.

In 1992, Zayne moved to New Smyrna Beach working in Public Relations for the Marriott Hotel in Daytona Beach. She was a member of Coronado Community United Methodist Church, the Southeast Volusia Democratic Club, and served as president and treasurer of the local Friendship Force chapter.

Zayne will be remembered by friends and family for her caring nature, her beautiful smile, her sense of humor and easy laughter as well as her generous gifts of time and energy. Her light shone brightly on the lives of those she touched.

Zayne was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Burkhalter. She is survived by her son Brett Buksar and Candice Beu, granddaughter Arabella Buksar, and siblings Hope and Todd Jenkins, Elaine Sibley, Idanna and Tom Smith, Marty Sibley and David A. Smith, and Robert Sibley and Patricia Morahan.

Close family also includes cousins Roxy Langel, Judy and Ken Loper, Everett Zane, Dorothy and Terry Zimmerman, Eileen MacFarland, Donald and Barbara Zane, Kelli Gadallah, Jerry Langel, Gary Langel, and Michael Langel; nieces and nephews Claudia and John Hollywood, Shem Jenkins, Misha Jenkins, John West, Heather and Thomas Smith-McNiff, Ryan and Nancy Smith, Kristy Lonsford, Robert Borham, Westin Sibley, Zayne Sibley, Nika Sibley. Zayne will also be greatly missed by dear friends, Lee Overfelt, Lorraine and Charles Craig, and Denise Stewart as well as many friends in the New Smyrna Beach community.
The family reuqests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Coronado Community United Methodist Church or to alzheimer’s research.

There will be a Celebration of Zayne’s Life at the Smyrna Yacht Club on February 24, 2021. Because of COVID restrictions, numbers may be limited. Please email Marty Sibley at msibley@cfl.rr.com for further details.


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  1. 13 Feb 2021
    Martha Hudson lit a candle:
    Lit since February 13, 2021 at 2:09:59 AM

  2. 06 Feb 2021
    Doris Moss lit a candle:
    Lit since February 6, 2021 at 2:43:28 AM

  3. 26 Jan 2021
    Sandy Christensen says:
    It was an honor and a blessing to know Zayne during her brief time at Lexington Place. Zayne was a lovely, kind woman who was extremely proud of Brett, Candice and especially Arabella. Lexington Place was so fortunate to have a musical performance by Candice to honor Zayne and her appreciative friends. May Zayne's family and friends find peace in the belief that Zayne's light will be in the hearts and minds of all who knew her.
    Sandy Christensen
    Lexington Place
    Activities/Memory Care

  4. 24 Jan 2021
    Charles Di Ciano says:
    I lived next door to the Sibley Family in Mt. Ephraim , New Jersey. I recall the family with fond memories of all of the Sibley children and their parents during the late 40’s and early 50 ‘s .

    I cherish the memory of the “ bell” ringing to summon the children to dinner or other family functions.

    Remembrance of the family brings back warm and cherished memories of family life in Mt. Ephraim.

    They were a beautiful family. I remember Zayne as a beautiful, smiling young girl as were all of the family children.

    I offer my condolences and prayers to all of the family for the passing of Zayne.

    Charles (Buck) Di Ciano

  5. 19 Jan 2021
    Danielle Beu posted an image:
    Every Christmas for about 10 years I would take Zayne’s family Christmas picture. This was a favorite of mine from 2016. She always looked so effortlessly elegant.
    Every Christmas for about 10 years I would take Zayne’s family Christmas picture. This was a favorite of mine from 2016. She always looked so effortlessly elegant.

  6. 13 Jan 2021
    Lynn E. Willits says:
    I'll always remember Zayne's beautiful smile, joyous laugh and zest for life and her loved ones. She is a beautiful person and light to her friends and family. She was a good friend to us and my mom, Madeline. We will miss her dearly. My thoughts and prayers go to her family for comfort and peace at this difficult time.

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