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Roberta Ellen Burns

August 12, 1932 – July 29, 2022


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Roberta Ellen (Mayes) Burns passed peacefully from this life to the next July 29, 2022. She was born Aug. 12, 1932, to Irene (Taylor) and Emerson Mayes in Evansville, Indiana, the youngest of nine children.

She married Robert L. Burns July 4, 1953, just celebrating their 69th anniversary. Starting their married life after Robert enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, they moved to several Air Force bases before settling in Indiana. They raised five children, primarily in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, where Roberta was not only a busy homemaker but also a secretary for the Allen County Cooperative Extension Office and a real estate agent. Some of her dearest friends came from those years in Ft. Wayne, with neighbors and through work.

After a few years in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Robert and Roberta moved to Davenport, Iowa, where Roberta immersed herself in community efforts, both charitable and educational, including serving as a volunteer docent at the Davenport Museum of Art (Figge Art Museum).

When Roberta and Robert moved to Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, Roberta volunteered as a docent at the University of Iowa Museum of Art (Stanley Museum of Art). She introduced busloads of school children to the art museum in Iowa City through field trips she helped coordinate and lead. Also in Mt. Pleasant, she volunteered with the Old Threshers Reunion, took part in church and civic efforts and belonged to PEO, a Presbyterian philanthropic organization.

After Robert retired in 1996, they sold their house in Mt. Pleasant, lived and traveled in a motorhome. They explored a number of our nation’s most beautiful sites – including national and state parks. They also spent a good deal of time with family, including their five children, their grandkids, siblings, nieces and nephews scattered from California to Florida. Those trips, and many cards and phone calls, kept her extended family close.

Roberta is survived by her husband, Robert, their children, Victoria (Grant Taylor), Dan (Kathy) Burns, Tim (Lorie) Burns, Geoff Burns and Karen (David McLean), their grandchildren, Cari (and future son-in-law Jason Schudel) Burns, Tom Burns, Matt Burns and Luke Taylor, great grandchildren (Evan and Alex Burns, whose father is Tom Burns), nieces, nephews and in-laws. She held near to her heart several close friends in the Midwest and Mesa, Arizona, their home base for 26 years.

Services will be arranged in the fall in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, where Roberta will be interred. Roberta’s life was focused on family, friends and serving those in need. Please honor her memory by saying a prayer or two, hugging a loved one and donating to your favorite charity.

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  1. Linda S. Caward says:

    Aunt Roberta was a truly remarkable woman and will be missed by many. Our family in blessed to have so many memories that will remain with us forever. Our heartfelt condolences to Uncle Bob and my Victoria, Dan, Tim, Geoff, and Karen as you mourn her passing. With love, Linda and the Florida crew.

  2. Kathy Noel says:

    Sending thoughts and prayers out to all her family members. I never met her except through conversations with her son, Tim. She seemed like an exceptional lady and meant a great deal to him. I know she will be missed terribly but will live on in the hearts and memories of her family and friends.

  3. The Balcarek Family says:

    Sending our deepest condolences to the entire family and especially “Grandpa” Burns. We are so sorry for your loss and feel lucky to have known “Grandma Burns” and will treasure our memories. Your family is in our prayers.

  4. Beverly Konzem says:

    Aunt Bert was VERY loved and will be VERY missed! She and Uncle Bob set the bar really high – being married 69 years. Being married and STILL liking each other! Love ’em so. We were very blessed to call her our Aunt B.

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Roberta Ellen Burns

August 12, 1932 – July 29, 2022


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Roberta Ellen (Mayes) Burns passed peacefully from this life to the next July 29, 2022. She was born Aug. 12, 1932, to Irene (Taylor) and Emerson Mayes in Evansville, Indiana, the youngest of nine children.

She married Robert L. Burns July 4, 1953, just celebrating their 69th anniversary. Starting their married life after Robert enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, they moved to several Air Force bases before settling in Indiana. They raised five children, primarily in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, where Roberta was not only a busy homemaker but also a secretary for the Allen County Cooperative Extension Office and a real estate agent. Some of her dearest friends came from those years in Ft. Wayne, with neighbors and through work.

After a few years in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Robert and Roberta moved to Davenport, Iowa, where Roberta immersed herself in community efforts, both charitable and educational, including serving as a volunteer docent at the Davenport Museum of Art (Figge Art Museum).

When Roberta and Robert moved to Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, Roberta volunteered as a docent at the University of Iowa Museum of Art (Stanley Museum of Art). She introduced busloads of school children to the art museum in Iowa City through field trips she helped coordinate and lead. Also in Mt. Pleasant, she volunteered with the Old Threshers Reunion, took part in church and civic efforts and belonged to PEO, a Presbyterian philanthropic organization.

After Robert retired in 1996, they sold their house in Mt. Pleasant, lived and traveled in a motorhome. They explored a number of our nation’s most beautiful sites – including national and state parks. They also spent a good deal of time with family, including their five children, their grandkids, siblings, nieces and nephews scattered from California to Florida. Those trips, and many cards and phone calls, kept her extended family close.

Roberta is survived by her husband, Robert, their children, Victoria (Grant Taylor), Dan (Kathy) Burns, Tim (Lorie) Burns, Geoff Burns and Karen (David McLean), their grandchildren, Cari (and future son-in-law Jason Schudel) Burns, Tom Burns, Matt Burns and Luke Taylor, great grandchildren (Evan and Alex Burns, whose father is Tom Burns), nieces, nephews and in-laws. She held near to her heart several close friends in the Midwest and Mesa, Arizona, their home base for 26 years.

Services will be arranged in the fall in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, where Roberta will be interred. Roberta’s life was focused on family, friends and serving those in need. Please honor her memory by saying a prayer or two, hugging a loved one and donating to your favorite charity.

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4 responses to “Roberta Ellen Burns”

  1. Linda S. Caward says:

    Aunt Roberta was a truly remarkable woman and will be missed by many. Our family in blessed to have so many memories that will remain with us forever. Our heartfelt condolences to Uncle Bob and my Victoria, Dan, Tim, Geoff, and Karen as you mourn her passing. With love, Linda and the Florida crew.

  2. Kathy Noel says:

    Sending thoughts and prayers out to all her family members. I never met her except through conversations with her son, Tim. She seemed like an exceptional lady and meant a great deal to him. I know she will be missed terribly but will live on in the hearts and memories of her family and friends.

  3. The Balcarek Family says:

    Sending our deepest condolences to the entire family and especially “Grandpa” Burns. We are so sorry for your loss and feel lucky to have known “Grandma Burns” and will treasure our memories. Your family is in our prayers.

  4. Beverly Konzem says:

    Aunt Bert was VERY loved and will be VERY missed! She and Uncle Bob set the bar really high – being married 69 years. Being married and STILL liking each other! Love ’em so. We were very blessed to call her our Aunt B.

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