Carolyn Lorraine Meagher Burns – Obituary

By  | July 12, 2018 | Filed under: Laughlin Service Funeral Home, Obituaries

With her loving family by her side, Carolyn Lorraine Meagher Burns passed away on July 7, 2018. Carolyn was born in Whitwell, Tennessee and graduated from high school in Oak Ridge in 1963. Having begun playing violin at a young age, she continued her love of music into adulthood and studied music theory at Tennessee Wesleyan College. Two years later, she transferred to the University of Alabama where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. Soon after college, she married her life partner, Ralph; this summer would have been their 50th wedding anniversary. Four children later, Carolyn returned to university to earn a Master’s degree in math education and subsequently taught math in Huntsville area schools for many years. In her retirement, she enjoyed traveling with Ralph, genealogical research, volunteer work, social clubs, and time with friends and family. She particularly loved spending time with her precious grandbabies.

Mrs. Burns was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Burns; her daughter, Rebecca Bell Burns; and her parents, Arch and Hazel Meagher. She is survived by her son, Tom Burns and wife, Cecilia Sun; two daughters, Elizabeth Burns Gregory and husband, Tony Gregory, and Jennifer Burns Dixon and husband, Mike Dixon; and grandchildren, Fender and Lilian Dixon, Victoria Burns, and Logan Gregory.

Visitation will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 15 at Trinity United Methodist Church on Airport Road, followed by the funeral service in the sanctuary at 3 p.m. with Mac Buttram officiating. A private burial will follow at Maple Hill Cemetery to be attended by family only.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation in Carolyn’s name to the Cokesbury Annual Scholarship Fund at Trinity United Methodist Church (607 Airport Road / Huntsville, AL 35802 / 256.883.3200).

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