Meaghan Elizabeth Burns
1995 - 2019
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It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Meaghan Elizabeth Burns, age 23, in Portsmouth Virginia on May 4, 2019. Meaghan was the innocent victim of senseless gun violence while trying to help a friend. Meggy was a free spirit, a fierce and loyal friend and loving daughter and sister. She will be missed by many and loved forever.

Meaghan was born August 25, 1995 in Springfield, MA. She moved with her family to South Deerfield in 2004 and attended Deerfield Elementary and was a graduate of Frontier Regional High School.

Meaghan enlisted in the US Navy in 2015, serving as a Hospital Corpsman in Naples, Italy and most recently at the Portsmouth Naval Medical Center in Virginia. She was a proud sailor and was planning to further her career in healthcare at the end of her enlistment.

Meaghan is survived by her parents Carolyn and Matthew as well as younger sister Kyleigh Rose of South Deerfield. Her treasured Aunt Cyndy Smith and Grammie Ellie in Cazenovia, NY. Aunt Liz, Uncle Ken and her cousins in NY state. The extended Burns family mourns in Connecticut, loving aunts, uncles and cousins. She leaves many friends from this area and her Navy family.

Meggy loved the hills and rivers of Western Mass but she got some sand stuck in her toes when she was a baby on Nantucket Island and was a beach girl at heart. She loved Cape Cod, Southern California , all things Boston and her years traveling around Italy and all of Europe.

Meaghan will be profoundly missed by her family who were so fortunate to have known the love of this beautiful, witty, warm and caring young lady. You will be forever in our hearts, thoughts and prayers.

The family greatly appreciates the outpouring of support from family and friends. There will be no formal calling hours. A celebration of Meggy's life will be held later this spring.

"She made broken look beautiful and strong look invincible. She carried the weight of the universe on her shoulders and turned it to angel wings"

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Published in Recorder on May 7, 2019.
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May 1, 2020
To the Burns Family:
On this somber occasion, please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
William Poeta
May 28, 2019
Remembering Meaghan's smile, love of reading and sparkle of adventure in her eyes in her early years at Deerfield Elem. It was a pleasure and honor to have her in my class. I thank her for her service and my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love and hugs.
Irene Woodard
May 28, 2019
I wish there was something I could say that would help you and your family during these heart broken times just know she is in a warm and welcoming place and in time you will be with her again
Your friend always
Kevin Koennecke
May 27, 2019
May Jesus our Lord comfort you all in this time massive grief, sorrow and loss. May the God of all comfort pour upon you all His peace and comfort. May He wipe away all your tears.
Brown Naik
May 16, 2019
I am deeply sorry for your loss. Meaghan was an amazing shipmate, corpsman, and friend. Her bright light that she brought into the hospital will never burn out. She will be missed dearly. Rest peacfully angel we have the watch.
May 15, 2019
Dear Matt and family,
What a tragedy for your family and all that knew Meaghan. Wishing you some peace.
Dan Smith
May 15, 2019
Sarah and I are so incredibly sorry for your loss. Over the past week we have had many conversations about Meaghan. When she called to tell me the first she said was...Meaghan taught me how to be cool. Meaghan was a great friend to Sarah and I will always hold on to that and keep her in a special place in my heart.
Kim Scammon
May 15, 2019
Dear Matt and Carolyn - our thoughts and prayers go out to you and all of the Burns family following this senseless tragedy. Please accept our most sincere condolences, and may her memory be a blessing to us all.
Jeannette Wolfe and David Gerwe
May 15, 2019
I am deeply sorry for your loss she was a great person and brought light to all our hearts
May 15, 2019
Matt, Carolyn, Kyleigh and family,
With deepest sympathy for the loss of beautiful Meaghan. She will always be in our hearts.
With deepest love and admiration as we honor her memory and fearless spirit.
Rachel Jackson
May 15, 2019
I'm so sorry for your loss, RIP Sailor...
Chuck Ford
May 14, 2019
Meaghan was killed trying to help my cousin, and for that we will cherish her & love her and pray for her, having never met her. Words cannot express how sorry I am for your tremendous loss, or how grateful we will always be for her sacrifice. The hardest part for me, in all of this, is how much the world needed more Meaghans and Shiannes, and instead we went backwards. There can be no greater love than this, that one should lay down their life for another.
Eric Soles
May 14, 2019
With heartfelt condolences to this beautiful young ladies family and friends . Just threw reading it was apparent She was a shining star to whom ever was lucky enough to have known her .
May her memories lift you all in the days ahead .
So sorry for your loss and Thank you for having a daughter who proudly served our country.
The Lavoie Family
May 14, 2019
I am so sorry for the lose of your loved one and a nation's warrior. I have been a life long resident of Western Mass and have been in the Air Force since 2007, stationed at Westover ARB in Chicopee. I salute this young, brave hero. God bless and rest easy.
Stephen Williams
May 14, 2019
Carolyn & Matt,

Today I was told the news that your beautiful daughter had been taken. The memory of her was so fresh in my mind. Matt had introduced her to me. I was able to describe her very well. Just meeting her one time but, her energy was contagious! I am so sorry for your loss.
YOUR FAMILY, Cousin ANN Clifford
Ann Clifford
May 14, 2019
Dear Carolyn,
My heart aches for you and your family. I know my words will bring little comfort, but know that you are all in my prayers that your sorrow will eventually bring healing as you cherish your loving memories. With deepest sympathy, Phyllis Jordan
Phyllis Jordan
May 14, 2019
My heartfelt condolences go out to the family. fair winds and following seas . Rest easy shipmate we have the watch
Jim Marcucci
May 14, 2019
Matt, Carolyn, and Kayleigh, Our deepest sympathies go out to all of you, and may God comfort you during this difficulty time.
-The Bak Family, Sunderland
May 14, 2019
Matt, Carolyn, and Kyleigh
So very very sorry
Christina :Lively
May 14, 2019
Dear Mr. and Ms. Burns, Kyleigh, Ellie, Cyndy and the Burns family,
There are no words to express the loss you must feel. You have our deepest sympathies and our sincere prayers that you will find some solace in your loving memories of Meaghan. God bless you all.
Cheryl & Vince Taylor
May 13, 2019
I'm so sorry for your loss.
May 13, 2019
Thoughts and prayers to all, Thank you for your service, RIP ..
Heidi Scott
May 13, 2019
We salute you Meaghan and thank you for your service. Our prayers go out to you and your family at these difficult times! God Bless You!
Mike and Ginette Paciorek
May 13, 2019
Matt, there are no words that can express how very sorry I am. Prayers for you and your family at this most difficult time
Donna Vanasse
May 13, 2019
I was a USN Corpsman in the 80s and the senseless, needless loss of life of my fellow Corpsman crushes me. The ladies were so young is what compounds the tragedy in my heart. Fair Winds and Following Seas Doc Burns, we have the watch.
David Wright
May 12, 2019
Matt, Just learned about this horrible news this morning at Assumption Church in our old hometown, Ansonia. On behalf of my family, we all express our condolences to you and yours. What a senseless tragedy. Hope you can find the strength to get through this.
Teddy Haussler
May 12, 2019
Thinking of you and your family, every day! Sending healing thoughts!
Carla Bernier
May 10, 2019
Meaghan, you are my best friend in this whole world... more like a sister. I love you more than words can even express. Carolyn, Matt, and Kyleigh, all of my love goes out to you. I have been beyond blessed to have had so many beautiful, irreplaceable memories with Megs. My deepest condolences... I love you all!
Patricia Colangelo
May 10, 2019
Dear Carolyn, My heart is deeply saddened by this terrible fate. May God give you and your family strength to find peace in this moment. My condolences.
Bianca Noe LaRose
May 10, 2019
Deepest sympathy and condolences to you and your family. Our prayers are with you. The Oborne family.
May 9, 2019
I am at a loss for words. To lose a child is something you can't imagine. My heartfelt condolences to the families of Meaghan. May the Lord comfort you during this time.
William Poeta
May 9, 2019
Carolyn and Matt, Have no words to express my sorrow for all of you, especially Meaghan, prayers for God to help you through this incredible sadness. Thinking of all of you, With love.
Nancy Jones
May 9, 2019
My heart is broken! I wish I had met Meaghan I know I would have loved her! I am Shianne's grandma and I know your pain. There are no words! I wanted to reach out and give you my deepest condolences!
Lyla Soles
May 9, 2019
Matt and Carolyn, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Meggie is with you in every sunbeam and raindrop,gentle breeze and flowing water,soaring birds flying through the freedom of the sky. All Our Love to You.
Diane Donatello
May 9, 2019
Rita and I send our condlences. Our heart goes out the Bruns family.
Pat Satta
May 8, 2019
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
May 8, 2019
You are a wonderful caring living special woman you will be horribly missed Godspeed sweet Angel prayers to all your family and friends who love and miss you
Michael Vincour
May 8, 2019
Carolyn, I'm more sorry than words can say. My deepest condolences.
Alison Greene
May 8, 2019
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Meaghan was a student of mine at Frontier and I remember her as a sweet, kind soul. Please know that you are all in my thoughts. I am so, so, sorry...
Laura Moore
May 8, 2019
To my fellow shipmate, corpsman, and friend, we are deeply saddened and hurt by your loss. We lost one of our family members from the immunization clinic. We love you, we miss you and will never forget your beautiful spirit. Fair winds and flowing seas shipmate, we have the watch. ❤
Brittani Wright
May 8, 2019
We tried so sorry to hear of this tragedy. May your memories, God, family and friends sustain you.
May 8, 2019
Dear Carolyn and family, I am so deeply saddened to hear of your loss. Sending you love and holding you in my heart. Marsha Bressem, West Hatfield, MA
May 8, 2019
Chris and Nancy Hoinsky are just beyond horrified! No words can express our feelings of grief, but know your family is with you.
Nancy Hoinsky
May 8, 2019
Fair winds and following seas, shipmate.
HM1 Sam Fuller
May 8, 2019
Mr. & Mrs. Burns and familiy of Meaghan,
My family is part of the Navy family which includes Shianne Soles. Our grandson and Shianne met and became friends in boot camp and continued until this tragedy. I wanted to reach out to let you know that we pray and weep for your family too - two beautiful young women with promising futures gone too soon! My deepest sympathy! Hugs and Prayers!

Robyn Smith, Navy Grandmother of a fellow corpsman
May 8, 2019
Our deepest condolences to your family . May God embrace you all and lift you up during this time . Our thoughts and prayers are with you . Navy Family
Tina Hopper
May 8, 2019
We are truly sorry for your loss, and are here to help honor her memory when you are ready. Upper Pioneer Valley Veterans' Services
Tim Niejadlik
May 8, 2019
Carolyn and family,
I am so incredibly sorry to hear of Meaghan's passing. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Lisa Rouillard
May 8, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss!
Words cannot express the sorrow I feel for you and your family.
I will remember you in prayer.
Signed a fellow navy mom.
Denise Doehring
May 8, 2019
Carolyn, Matt, Kyleigh, Cyndy, Grammie Ellie & family - I cannot express in words how truly sorry I am of your loss. Meggy was a right shining light that was taken far too soon.
You are in my thoughts and prayers!
Kim Buck
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