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Burns, Katherine

Posted: Mon 10:22 AM, Nov 18, 2013
Funeral Home: Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory
Katherine Burns, 87, of Owensboro, went to be with the Lord on Nov. 12, 2013, at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital.

She was born in Washburn, Tenn., on Dec. 9, 1925, to the late John and Ruth Wilson. She attended Smoky Mountain Academy and went on to earn a B.A. in English from Carson-Newman University in Tennessee. It was during her time at the university that she met her future husband, Rodney Burns. On the day of her graduation she married the love of her life. Shortly after, she and Rodney moved to Owensboro and started a family. Following Rodney’s retirement in the early 1980s, Katherine and Rodney began their mission work through the Southern Baptist Convention. The mission work took them to Africa on three different occasions and many other countries as they traveled to and from the mission field. Each mission trip had them out of the country for more than a year. She was a member of Bellevue Baptist Church and held numerous roles within the church. She loved to cook, sew, read and garden. Katherine also loved to watch basketball and tennis. She had a love of music that spanned all genres but especially enjoyed hymns. Most of all she loved spending time with her family.

In addition to her parents, Katherine was preceded in death by her loving husband of 56 years, Rodney Burns; a daughter, Rachel Burns Blanton; and a grandson, Clay Burns.

Survivors include daughters Marla Burns Bourne (James) of Statesboro, Ga., and Kathy Burns Benz (David) of Bowling Green; son John Burns (Janey) of Owensboro; son-in-law William Blanton of Lakeland, Fla.; grandchildren Jay Bourne (Beth Ann) of Corbin, David Benz IV (Rachel) and Andrea Rachel Benz, both of Alabaster, Ala., Mark Benz (Ashley) of Louisville, Tate Burns (Lauren) of Chicago, and Turner Burns (Mandy) and Elizabeth “Liz” Blanton, both of Owensboro; great-grandchildren Ethan Bourne, Katherine “Ellie” Bourne, Zoe Benz, Addie Benz, Sarah Grace Benz, Solomon Benz and Hannah Benz.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on today and after 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery.

Online condolences may be left at www.glennfuneralhome.com.
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