Lois J. Burns, 96, Rochester, and formerly of Marion, passed away at 3:37 a.m. Monday, June 14, 2021, at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester, Indiana.
She was born Nov. 17, 1924, in Tiosa, the daughter of Oswald and Mable (Smith) Palmer. She married Robert F. Burns June 22, 1946, in Los Alamos, N.M. He preceded her in death Jan. 3, 2014. Lois was a veteran serving with the United States Army during World War II. She had been a telephone operator stationed in Los Alamos, N.M. during the development of the atomic bomb.
Lois was a homemaker. She was a member of the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, had been a member of the Mississinewa 1812 reenactment in Marion and for years had volunteered at Marion General Hospital. In her spare time she enjoyed sewing, quilting, and along with her husband enjoyed presenting Indian Folklore and Traditions to elementary school children.
Survivors include her children: Richard (Lana) Burns, Ninety Six, S.C.; Jerry (Sue) Burns), Surprise, Ariz.; Ruth Ayers, Raleigh, N.C.; Robert (Stacie) Burns, Vernon; Shirley (A.W.) Teel, Brunswick, Ga.; grandchildren, Michele (Phill) Davis, Stacey (Kevin) Henkel, Nicole Thurman, Jerry (Christie) Burns Jr., Krista Nash, Jennifer (Jim) Johnson, Elizabeth (Jack) Walker, Noah (Tina) Sanders, Brandon (Maggie Mohr) Burns, Jared Rayhon, Blake Rayhon, Haley Rayhon; brother, Floyd (Hazel) Palmer, Argos; twenty two great grandchildren, thirteen great-great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Lucy Burns, one grandson, one great grandchild, one great-great grandchild, siblings, Norene Billissitz, Norman Palmer, Esther Walsh, and Jim Palmer.
Private services will be observed at Richland Center Cemetery, where military graveside services will be conducted by the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mississinewa 1812, P.O. Box 1812 Marion, IN 46952.
Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros.