Gloucester, MA — Marilyn J. (Lee) Burns, 85, devoted wife of William Burns, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 1, 2013 with her family by her side.
Born in Gloucester on December 11, 1927 she was the daughter of the late Robert Lee and Viola (Turner) Kaplan. She was a graduate of Gloucester High School with the class of 1945. After High School, she went to work for the telephone company for several years before starting her family. In 1966 she joined her husband at Bill’s barber shop becoming the first female barber on Cape Ann. In 1972 the couple opened Squire Will’s Restaurant & Pub which they operated for 15 years with their sons.
Marilyn was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family. She enjoyed traveling, reading and spending summer days at Plum Cove Beach with family and friends. She will be truly missed and will stay in our hearts forever.
In addition to her husband of 64 years, she leaves behind her daughter, Cathy Burns of Newburyport, her sons, Kevin and his wife Christine of Newburgh IN, Barry and his wife Kristine of Gloucester, Brian and his wife Denise of Gloucester, and Sean and his wife Sharon of Danvers. She is also survived by her sister, Janice Prince, half-brother, Roger Lee and his wife Paula of Rockport, cousins, Roger Lee and his wife Teresa of Magnolia and Nancy Nickerson and her husband Lenny of Asheville S.C., sister-in-law, Beatrice Kimball and her husband Frank of Danvers, Joan Rocha of Gloucester and brother-in-law, Neil Burns of Gloucester. Marilyn also leaves behind twelve grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her grandson, Shannon Burns, granddaughter, Erinn Burns, and half-brother, Arthur Lee.
ARRANGEMENTS: Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Ann’s Church, Holy Family Parish on Tuesday, February 5, at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend.
There will be no visiting hours and the burial will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made in Marilyn’s memory to St. Vincent dePaul Society or St. Ann’s Church, Holy Family Parish both at 60 Prospect Street, Gloucester, MA 01930.
Funeral Arrangements are by Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St., Gloucester, MA.
Online condolences may be given at www.greelyfuneralhome.com