|Louise Little Burns, 90, of 10 Hiawatha Lane, Galesburg, Ill. died at 7:40 p.m. Saturday, October 8, 2011 at Seminary Manor, Galesburg.
She was born September 21, 1921 in Galesburg to W. Harlan and Verna Louise Haws Little. She married John H. Burns in Galesburg in 1946. He preceded her in death December 8, 2006.
Surviving is a son, Michael John (and Rebecca) Burns of Juneau, Alaska and Patrick Joel (and Teresa) Burns of Galesburg; a daughter, Susan Burns Hellberg of Amarillo, Texas; nine grandchildren, David Livingston Reynolds of Denver, Colo., Elizabeth Louise McDermott of Tiburon, Calif., Patrick John Burns of Whitefish, Mont., Michael John Burns, Jr. of San Francisco, Calif., John McCoy Burns of Bozeman, Mont., Bridget Louise Burns of San Francisco, Calif., Patrick Joel Burns, Jr. of Milwaukee, Wis., Brienne Louise Ericson of Urbana, Ill., and Christopher Blust Burns of Chapel Hill, N.C.; and seven great-grandchildren, John David Livingston Reynolds, Gabrielle Louise McDermott, Alexander Reynolds McDermott, Katherine Louise Reynolds, Bryce Michael Burns, Reagan Grace Ericson and Blake Turner Burns.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her grandson, John Lloyd Burns, who died on September 3, 1981.
Louise attended Galesburg Schools and graduated from Chevy Chase School for girls in Chevy Chase, Md. in 1939. She also attended University of Wisconsin at Madison, where she was a Delta Gamma. Her grandfather and his brother were the first managers of Continental Clothing in Galesburg in 1895. Her family has been involved in the business for its entire 116 years. Her father was co owner of the Roof Garden at the Weinberg Arcade, Galesburg. She was a member of Corpus Christi and Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Churches in Galesburg. She was a member of Soangetaha Country Club, Mosaic Club and PEO Chapter W. She volunteered as a Reading Buddy at Nielson School for five years. She was a board member of the Knox County Day Nursery. She rescued many cats and dogs over the years for the Knox County Humane Society, where she also served on the board. She served on the Pan-Hellenic Council and was a member of Tri Psi. Louise was an avid tennis and bridge player. She was affectionately known as Cita by her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and friends.
Memorial Mass will be 10 a.m. Saturday, October 29, 2011 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church. Rev. William Miller, I.C. will officiate. There will be no visitation. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery, Galesburg. Memorials may be made to the Galesburg Public Library, Orpheum Theater or Hope Cemetery in care of McFall Monument Co. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.