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“I'm sorry for your loss. May it comfort you to know that God Keeps those who pass away in His memory because they are precious in his eyes. Ps. 116:15 ”
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“It can be so hard to face the first year without your loved one, but the love of family and friends can carry you through. ”
2 of 9 | Posted by: G. Freeman

“May the God of all comfort, bring comfort and peace to the entire family, and also dear friends of Dorothy Burns. Looking forward to the day when...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: M J - NJ

“Humble yourselves therefore, under the mighty hand of God, while you throw all your anxiety on him, because He cares...1PETER 5: 6,7. My condolences...Read More »
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“My deepest sympathy to the family. May you find comfort in God's Word at 1 Thessalonians 4:14 ”
5 of 9 | Posted by: B Hall - East Orange, NJ

“Sending my condolences to your family. May prayer be a great comfort to you during this time. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 pray constantly ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: Rachel

“My sincere condolences to the family. Psalms 90:10 says those who live 80 years are especially strong. May Ms. Burns now rest in God's memory until...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: S B

“MAY THE THOUGHT OF KNOWING THAT FRIENDS AND FAMILY SHARE IN YOUR GRIEF BRING YOU A MEASURE OF COMFORT.PLEASE READ PROV 17:17 ”
8 of 9 | Posted by: KELLEY - OH

“May your heart be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times you shared together as you celebrate a life well lived and loved by many. Psalms 94...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: G. G.


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 and compassionate, and had deep curiosity and 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 always creating a colorful garden wherever she lived and later turning her hand to sketching, clay sculpture, and 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. The Memorial Service for Dorothy Burns 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.

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