Ellen Burns

Ellen J. Burns (Sullivan)

Friday, August 25th, 1939 - Monday, August 19th, 2019
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Ellen J Burns, 79, passed away August 19, 2019 at The Manor at Elfindale. She was born in Pontiac, Illinois, August 25, 1939.

She is preceded in death by her parents Josephine & Francis Sullivan and husband Joseph H Burns.

She is survived by sisters, Jane Monterastelli (John) of Bloomington, IL, Kathleen Tedrick of Clinton, IL and Patricia Wockley of Pittsburgh, PA; children Marilyn Martin Melchiorre (Ron) of Boise, ID, and Michael Martin of Blue Springs, MO. Sister in law Fannie Replogle (Steve) of Jonesboro, AR. Grandchildren; Marilyn’s children Madison Smith Huang (Peter) of Arlington, TX and Tanner Smith of Boise, ID. Michael’s children, Hannah Martin, Grant Martin & Isaac Martin of Kansas City, MO. And many cousins and nieces and nephews.

Ellen retired from the Missouri Department of Revenue where she had worked for 26 years, retiring as the Branch Manager for the downtown Springfield office.

In retirement Ellen enjoyed playing golf, many social groups, and weekly Mahjong, Hand and Foot, or Bridge games. Ellen traveled the world, enjoying trips to Canada, Europe, Iceland, Ireland, England, Egypt, and China. She also traveled extensively in the US to national parks and historic sites. She visited 49 of the 50 US states. The most recent adventure in November 2018 had her dancing in a parade in New Orleans and throwing out beads. A highlight of all her travels was enjoying the local food and drinks.

She was always interested in, and active in politics. She also had many volunteer passions that included volunteering at Juanita K Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, Salvation Army, Greater Ozarks Audubon Society and Friends of the Library annual book sale.

Ellen was loved by her friends and family. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the compassionate care givers at The Manor at Elfindale and Phoenix Hospice Care.

A visitation will be held in Springfield, MO from 4-6pm on Thursday, August 22 at Herman H. Lohmeyer Funeral Home, 500 E Walnut Street, Springfield MO.

A visitation will also be held in Chenoa, IL from 1-2:30pm on Saturday, August 24, at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, 302 Lincoln St, Chenoa, IL. Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Chenoa.

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Memorial contributions are suggested in Ellen’s name to: Greater Ozarks Audubon Society
P.O. Box 3231, Springfield, MO 65808-3231.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, August 22nd, 2019 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Thursday, August 22nd, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Herman H. Lohmeyer Funeral Home
    500 E. Walnut Street
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  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, August 24th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 2:30pm
    Saturday, August 24th, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
    Duffy-Pils Memorial Home
    302 Lincoln Street
    Chenoa, IL 61726
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  • Interment

    Saturday, August 24th, 2019 | 3:00am
    Saturday, August 24th, 2019 3:00am
    Calvary Catholic Cemetery
    13001 E 900 N Rd
    Cheona, Illinois 61726
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Marci Whiteman

Posted at 11:10am
Ellen was like a mom to me whenever I went home with Marilyn during college and the single years after. She was always so warm and caring and made me feel loved. She and Joe were so kind and fun to be with as I married and continued life with my family. I will remember them both fondly and with great memories!

Marvena Groesbeck

Posted at 10:21am
I was saddened to hear of Ellen's passing. I had the pleasure of her being my boss for 19 years at the Department of Revenue. I started there at a young age and Ellen truly molded me as a young person just starting out in the working world. She was strict but always fair, you knew where you stood with Ellen. I will never forget the things she taught me or her influence on my life . When she retired I had a very hard time adjusting but I survived. I will miss her Christmas card I always received of her and her grandchildren. I looked forward to it every year, I will miss you Ellen.

Nancy Watson-Weir

Posted at 10:02pm
Ellen was my sister’s mother-in-law. But that terminology doesn’t capture who she truly was to Becca, and to me and others who knew her “by extension.” She was always vibrant and loving and interested in everyone’s lives. Whenever I heard that “Ellen’s going to be there,” I knew I’d have a great conversation. May the warm memories that everyone has of her surround her, now and always. 🙏

Regina A Richardson

Posted at 01:28pm
I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with her from 1982 until the year she retired and continued until they privatized the DMV. Back then I thought she was a tuff person to work for but now I realize she taught me how to be strong. She was a great person and she will be missed by many.

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