Mother Mary Louise Burns, 91, passed away peacefully on April 17, 2021. Born April 15, 1930, to the late Henry and Effie Schofield in Wagener, South Carolina, she joined a spirited southern family. She was nurtured in nature and fortified in faith. As a young woman, she met and married her love, Robert Nathaniel Burns, a native Texan and U. S. Air Force Technical Sergeant who preceded her in death in November 1981. Their union established a family united in faith and love.
Her life further exemplified Ephesians 4:32 – “And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.” She was a shining example of a loving wife, a doting mother, a supportive sister and loyal friend. She was the consummate servant, gifting others with authentic love and support, clearly felt in her presence.
She was the preceded in death by her husband, Robert N. Burns, her daughter, Jacquelin Burns Brown, great granddaughter, Kayla Wildy and all of her siblings.
Mary is survived by her daughters, Ann Freeman, Avaita B. Pinder (William), Evelyn V. Byrd, Margo B. Heard; her son, Robert N. Burns II (Carolyn); grandchildren, Adrienne Wildy (Marcus), Eddie Smith (Patricia), Marcus Smith (Kristina), Sarita Florence (Roderick), William E. Pinder, Nina D. Grant (Maurice), Eric E. Heard, James M. Heard (Lasheta), Arianna Massaquoi (Abraham), Alanna Cooper (Joe); Godson, John Johnson; adopted children, Brenda Johnson, and Barbara Glover; and a host of great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. All of these she loved and touched deeply.
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