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Dorothy Ada Burns

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Dorothy Ada Burns


Dorothy Ada Burns died on June 15th at her home for the last 21 years at Meadow Lakes Senior Community in Hightstown, New Jersey. She was thoughtful, compassionate, had deep curiosity & empathy toward people of other cultures as well as those in her own neighborhood, town and country. Her lifelong involvement with the Presbyterian Church deepened these values and made her many friends.

Dorothy was born in 1915 and spent most of her early years in Brooklyn, moving with her family to Maplewood where she lived until her marriage to Gordon Burns. The couple then lived in various locations until settling in Colts Neck for 36 years.

Dorothy's love of the out-of-doors drew her to Girl Scouts from the time she was 12 years old and remained a constant in her life for 55 years. Her active participation and leadership ended with the Girls Scouts Outstanding Service Award.

As a couple, Dorothy and Gordon participated in People to People International, an organization dedicated to promoting international understanding through personal diplomacy. Opening their Colts Neck home to visits from foreign members of this organization led to friendships around the world and reciprocal visits abroad.

Further foreign travel opportunities appeared when daughters moved or were posted to Australia and Thailand, providing opportunities to take in other interim destinations. Once the children had left home, there were numerous camping road trips to national parks around the U.S., all of which she loved to recall.

Local volunteer service was always on Dorothy's agenda. She delivered Meals on Wheels for many years.

Dorothy enjoyed an artistic streak by creating a colorful garden wherever she lived & later turning her hand to sketching, clay sculpture & intricate coloring.

Most of all she was a wonderful, loving mother, grandmother, and wife with a keen sense of humor. She was always there when her family needed her.

She is survived by her brother Edward Ruestow, children Barbara Ryan (Bob), Janet Ferguson (John), and Richard Burns (Linda), grandson Eric Martinusen (Ellen), cousin Monroe Pray (Marjorie), niece Sandra Burns and nephew Carl Burns.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Girl Scouts of the USA Fund Development, P.O. Box 5046, NY, NY 10087-5046; National Parks Conservation Assn., 777 6th St. NW, Ste 700, Washington DC, 20001; People to People International; or the Cranbury, NJ Presbyterian Church.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, June 29, at 3:00 pm at The Meeting Room of Meadow Lakes, 300 Meadow Lakes, East Windsor, NJ 08520.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Glackin/Saul Funeral Home, 136 Morrison Ave., Hightstown, NJ.
Published in Asbury Park Press from June 22 to June 28, 2017
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