Margaret DesBert Ros Burns, 91 of Whiteville, N.C. died Thursday, May 24,2012 at her residence.
She was the daughter of the late Joseph Miguel Ros and Sarah Collins Ros.
Mrs .Burns was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. William Clyde Burns, Jr.
She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Whiteville.
She worked as a Laboratory Technician-Ruston, Louisiana and managed the laboratory at Dr. Miller’s and Dr. Tillers office in Georgetown S.C.
She was a member of the NC AVMA Auxilary and past treasurer/ secretary, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Altar Guild treasurer for more than 20 years, member and past president of Sacred Heart Parish Council, Columbus County Literacy Council member and Supporter, Wildlife Action White Marsh Chapter active member and supporter, and she was office manager and surgical assistant for her husband Dr. W.C. Burns.
She earned a B.S. in Biology from Louisana Polytechnic Institute in Ruston, La.
She was the devoted wife of Dr. Burns for 63 years and the loving mother to her five children.
Survivors include her daughters, Clara “Bookie “ Burns Trogdon and husband David of Chadbourn, N.C., Mary Frances Mc Millan and husband Phillip of Mullins, S.C; sons, William Clyde “Bubba” Burns III and wife Monica of Washington, N.C., Joseph Ros Burns and wife Trish of Apex, N.C. and Paul Weinel Burns of Whiteville, N.C.; sister, Mariann McRae and husband Richard of Conroe, Texas; brothers, Rory Ros of Biloxi, Miss., Rex “Bunny” Ros and wife Carol Ann of Greensboro, N.C.; grandchildren, Ian and Ann Worthington, Nathan and Olivia Burns, Esther and Rick Sutherland, Christy Burns, Grace Burns, D.V.M. Drew McMillan, Garrett McMillan, Will McMillan, Michael Burns and Camille Burns; great-grandchildren, Kobe Wade, Paige Sutherland, Tres Sutherland, Ty Sutherland, Skye Sutherland and Dax Worthington; and Care Giver Virginia Graham.
Funeral services will be Monday, May 28, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Whiteville, N.C. with a graveside service following at 4 p.m. at the Elmwood Cemetery in Georgetown, S.C.
Visitation will be Sunday night at McKenzie Mortuary from 6 until 8 p.m. with a Rosary at 7 p.m.
In Lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church @ 302 N. Lee St. Whiteville, NC 28472; Wildlife Action, White Marsh Chapter at P.O. Box 1314 Whiteville , N.C. 28472 or Columbus County Literacy Council @ 102 N. Main St. Whiteville, NC 28472.
Lillian Gilbert Matthews, of Davidson, N.C., died on May 14, 2012.
Lil was born in Spruce Pine, N.C. on January 4, 1933.
Her family had few material possessions during the Depression, and in her early years she learned to enjoy the simple pleasures of life and developed a deep appreciation for nature.
She spent several years at The Crossnore School, a nurturing community that offers educational and other opportunities for disadvantaged mountain youth.
Her Crossnore experience molded her in so many ways, and she was always grateful for the loving, caring support offered by that community during the period when she lived at Crossnore.
Following her graduation from Crossnore, she attended Presbyterian School of Nursing and worked as a nurse at Presbyterian Hospital, and thereafter at North Carolina National Bank.
She later married Dr. William C. Matthews, a Charlotte physician.
Following his retirement, they lived in Chester, S.C. and together they enjoyed gardening, beekeeping, raising cattle and spending time with children and grandchildren.
Lil’s nurturing spirit enriched all those persons and things around her.
She had an uncanny ability to make plants thrive. Her gentle, caring love nurtured close friends and family, as well.
Her beloved husband, Bill, found new life in their loving relationship. Her daughter, Bill’s children and their grandchildren were shaped by her gentle, nurturing love.
Lil is survived by her brothers, Sterlyn Washburn and Pete Washburn; by her daughter, Debbie Schraer; by Bill’s children from a prior marriage (Susan, Bill Jr., John and Mary), whom she loved as if they were her own; and by eight grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at The Little Church on the Lane, 522 Moravian Lane, Charlotte, NC 28207.
The family will greet friends at Harry and Bryant Company, 500 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC, from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. prior to the memorial service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts should be directed to The Crossnore School, P.O. Box 249, Crossnore, NC 28616.
Condolences may be expressed at www.HarryandBryantFuneralHome.com.
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