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Obituary for Martha Burns

by Logan Vaughan

February 5, 1938 ~ September 1, 2021 (age 83)

Martha Ann Willeford Burns was a loving and compassionate wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She left her earthly home on September 1, 2021 at the age of 83.

She was born in Rowlett, Texas on February 5, 1938 to Samuel Willeford and Wilma Jones Willeford of Rose Hill.  On November 12, 1969, she married Robert L. Burns.

Martha was a hard-working woman who loved taking care of her family when she wasn’t busy working in their family business, Burns and Son Plant Farm, in Emory, Texas.  For 36 years, she helped with growing and tending to plants but most of her time was spent on the road selling and delivering vegetable and bedding plants to plant nurseries, feed stores, and Austin College.  Driving approximately 250 miles a day, she had many customers who became friends.  She always took time to talk to them and learn more about them and their families.

Martha was a devout Christian and very faithful to her church.  She was a member of Emory Baptist Church and belonged to the Ruth Sunday school class.  She enjoyed participating in TEL and Senior game days when she was able to attend.  Above all, she loved the Lord and had a desire for everyone to know Him personally.

Martha had a special place in her heart for family and they felt the same about her.  She was blessed with a large family and is survived by her daughters Janice (Eddie) of Emory, and Elizabeth Diane Klump of Point, and her son Robert Lee Burns II (Teresa) of Emory; grandchildren August (Justin) Klump (Lisa), Sarah Ivie (Ryan), Laura Teague (Jeremy), Amy Potts (Tommy), Rachel Blount (Jeremy), Caitlyn Norwood (Braden), Colton Burns (Mariah), and Collyn Burns; great-grandchildren, Anthony, Autumn, Rylie, Jersey, Cameron, Jaycee, Addyson, Colby, Hudson, Hayson, Ava, Lawson, Wesson, Benjamin, Pearsyn, Evalynn, great-great grandson Ryder, numerous nieces and nephews, and a host of friends she called family.

She was also survived by brothers and sisters:

Laverne  Anderson of Roswell, NM, Jane Roberts of Mesquite, Carol Wolverton of Mesquite, James Willeford (Theda) of Mesquite, Leroy Willeford of Mesquite, Charlie Willeford (Phyllis) of Pottsboro, Debra Fedric (Don) of Roswell NM, Danny Squarok of Roswell, NM, Stanley Squarok of Roswell, NM, step-brother Avon Norfleet (Sherry) of Josephine, TX.

Martha was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Robert Lee Burns Sr., daughter Martha Claudene Conway, son Claude Franklin Conway Jr., sister Wilma Thompson, step-brothers Leon Norfleet and Devon Norfleet, and step-sister Sue Baird.

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