Helen P. Burns

March 4, 1917 - March 14, 2011
Helen P. Burns


Helen Whiting Pond Burns died on Monday, March 14, 2011 in Wilmington, North Carolina of complications of pneumonia.

She was born in Worcester, Massachusetts on March 4, 1917, the second daughter of Harold Whiting Pond and Susan Emma Eddy Pond. She moved to Elyria, OH in 1925 and lived in Elyria until she married Harold Deane Burns on April 27, 1940. She was a graduate of Oberlin College and attended Simmons College in Boston. During WWII, she worked with the American Red Cross in Washington, DC. They lived in Mansfield, Ohio where she was active in AAUW, The Conversational Club, First Congregational Church and the Salvation Army. She was an avid knitter, a serious reader, a good friend, and a world traveler. In 1985 she became a resident of North Carolina splitting her time between North Carolina and Ohio.

Her husband, Harold died in 1983. She is survived by five children John Pond Burns, Robert Scott Burns (and Prudence), Mary Burns Hoff (and Richard), Bruce Douglas Burns (and Judith), Harold Deane Burns, Jr. and three grandchildren, Elliott, Emily and Sarah Burns. Her parents, sister, Phyllis Eddy Pond Conway and brother, Donald Dempsey Pond predeceased her.

The Memorial Service will be private.

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  • March 27, 2011
    Gail says:
    I was saddened to learn of the passing of my dear friend 'Jerry'. If Helen let you call her by that name you knew you were a friend. I have many fond memories of her. She was a lady with great wit and sharp mind. I loved hearing stories of her travels and what was on her reading list. She lived a long and grand life. My sympathy goes out to her family, I met all of you through the years. With sadness, Gail

  • March 25, 2011
    Jim and Amy Taylor says:
    We always loved visiting with Jerry and having dinner at one of her favorite restaurants during our annual family beach trips to Wrightsville Beach. She was quite a lady...with a wry sense of humor and a penchant for martinis. She will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Bruce, John, Mary, Rob and Skip along with their families. Love Jim and Amy

  • March 18, 2011
    Ann/Susan Pond says:
    We were very blessed to have Jer/Aunt Helen in our lives. We so enjoyed her correspondence over the last several years. She lived life life to the fullest and was a "grand" lady. Love, Ann and Sue

  • March 18, 2011
    Donald Pond says:
    I am very sorry to learn of her passing. When I think of Aunt Helen the words proud, composed, and wise come to mind. God blessed her with a long life and a she will be missed dearly by her family. Louise and I send our deepest sympathy.

  • March 20, 2011
    Derwyn and May Scott says:
    To the family of Helen Our thoughts and prayer are with you .. I am so sad to hear the news she was my best email friend and she has us both related to you all .. I am going to miss her so much rest in piece Helen .. From us all Derwyn , May and our boys Blair and Bradley .. their children Krisanne and Kendra .. Sandi . Chadd Cole and Jessi our grandkids hugs to you all