Therese Marguerite Chouest Burns, 88, was born May 18, 1925, and died Saturday, July 20, 2013, at her residence in Natchez, Miss.
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Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until funeral time today at St. Mary Basilica in Natchez, Miss., with the Rev. Leopold Keffler officiating. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. today at the church, with Burial in Natchez City Cemetery.
She is survived by her eight children: daughters, Annette Burns and husband, Charles, and Ann Shaidnagle and husband, James, of Natchez, Miss., Melanie Kennedy and husband, Rick, of Vidalia, sons, Parnell Burns, Peter Burns Jr., and wife, Diane, of Natchez, Miss., John Burns and Michael McGehee, of Atlanta, Ga., David Burns and wife, Shirley, of Cut Off, and Paul Burns and wife, Laura, of Natchez, Miss.; grandchildren, Conner Burns, of Natchez, Miss., Theresa B. Anderson and husband, Russ, of Charlotte, N.C., Max Mullins and wife, Libby, of Jasper, Texas, Elizabeth M. Turner and husband, Blake, of Natchez, Miss., Francis "Trey" Burns and wife, Melissa, of Houston, Texas, Brandi B. Klein and husband, Andrew, of Brandon, Miss., Sara B. Searcy and husband, Brett, of Cypress, Texas, Fletcher Mims, of Natchez, Miss., Carter Burns, of Jackson, Miss., Dr. Tyler Burns, of Little Rock, Ark., Patrick Vogt Jr., of Natchez, Miss., Davin Burns and wife, Angelique, and Dain Burns, of Larose, Peter Burns III, of Nashville, Tenn., and Harrison Burns, of Natchez, Miss.; great-grandchildren, Brendan and Brigid Anderson, Brittany Torrence and husband, Cully, Brooks Turner, Makayla and Madison Burns, Adriana, Destyn, Ashton, and Eastyn Burns, John Grady Klein. Mason and Ellie Grace Searcy and Marijain Burns; great-great-grandchild: James Campbell Blunschi; sibling, Hazel Faulk, of Larose; sisters-in-law, Ann Elizabeth B. Garrity, of Natchez, Miss., and Alice W. Burns, of Forest, Miss.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their families.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 66 years, Peter Theophile Burns Sr.; and sister, Elsie Chouest.
Therese was born May 18, 1925, in Larose the daughter of Euzebe "Neb" Chouest and Annette Ordoyne Chouest. She was a graduate of Larose High School and attended Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette. She met the love of her life, Peter Burns Sr., when he was serving in the U.S. Coast Guard and stationed in Grand Isle. They were married Dec. 23, 1943. After completing his services overseas in World War II, Mr. and Mrs. Burns returned to his hometown of Natchez, Miss., to begin their lives together. Mrs. Burns was a wife and a mother. She was a talented seamstress and sewed many of her daughters' Pilgrimage pageant dresses as well as hand embroidering linen items to be sold in the "linen chest" each year for the Cathedral School Fall Festival. She supported the Natchez Swim Association. She loved playing bridge and belonged to several bridge groups. She was a member of St. Mary Basilica, the Pilgrimage Garden Club, the Newcomers Club, the Krewe of Phoenix and the Krewe of Killarney.
Pallbearers will be Billy Abbott, Dr. Tom Borum, Andy Burns, Tim Burns, Pat Burns Jr., Bob Faulk, Jim Faulk, Dr. Byron Garrity, Joe Garrity and Henry Leblanc.
The Burns family is very grateful for the care given by the medical staff of Natchez Regional Medical Center in Natchez, Promise Hospital in Vidalia, Franklin County Memorial Hospital in Meadville, Miss., Deaconess Hospice in Natchez, Miss., Susan Prunty from Personal Homecare Services in Vidalia and Mary Williams.
The family requests that memorials be may be made to the Burns-Grady Family Memorial Trust, Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Jackson P.O. Box 2248 Jackson, MS 39225, which supports Cathedral School or to the
Laird Funeral Home in Natchez, Miss., is in charge of arrangements.
Laird Funeral Home Chapel - Natchez
408 North Union Street
Natchez , MS 39120
Published in Houma Today & The Daily Comet from July 22 to July 23, 2013