November 11, 2010
(12/28/1920 - 11/3/2010)
How did you know Clarice Burns?
Sister, wife, mother, mother-in law?
Meme, the ever present grandmother who attended the high school graduation ceremonies of all ten of her grandchildren and great grandmother who attended every ballgame and many school events?
The cookie lady?
Mrs. Burns, the dedicated, "maybe a little strict," teacher or Grand Marshall of Memphis Antique Days, 2009?
The church member and committee leader for funeral dinners, a loyal delivery woman for "Meals On Wheels" or the card player and partner; also known to be a fan of crossword puzzles and have a passion for ice cream and a tendency to maybe drive a bit too fast?
This lady of many facets of devotion and activity who lived most of her life in Memphis, Missouri, passed away November 3, 2010, at the Scotland County Memorial Hospital in Memphis.
Clarice was born December 28, 1920, in Scotland County, Missouri, to Ozro Clyde and Hazel Alyene Sweeney Garrett. She attained her Bachelor of Science degree from Kirksville Teachers College at Kirksville, Missouri, in 1961.
She married Leslie Paul Burns on April 17, 1942, at Memphis, Missouri and to this union two children were born. Paul preceded her in death on July 13, 1999. She was also preceded in death by a son, David Burns and a son-in-law, Robert Hamilton.
Her teaching career spans over thirty years, beginning at a country school in Edinburg, Missouri and finishing at Scotland County R-I Schools in Memphis in 1982.
She was a member of the Memphis First Christian Church, the Rutledge Order of Eastern Star #343 and a life member of the Scotland County Historical Society.
Left to honor Clarice's memory is a daughter, Janet Hamilton and Glen Cowell of Arbela, Missouri; a daughter-in-law, Judy Burns, of Platte City, Missouri; ten grandchildren: Scarlett Hamilton and Jr. Keith, Stacy Hamilton and Tony Harris, Brandon Hamilton, Derrick and Tia Hamilton, T. J. Mathews, Foster Burns and Leslie Sweet, Laura and Joel Langton, David Burns, Carol Burns, Adam Burns; seven great grandchildren: Payton, Gracie, Danielle, Gabriella, Karli, Garrett and Kwayde. Also surviving is a sister, Florine Forrester; a nephew, Sterling and Elaine Forrester; two nieces, Angela and Scott Westhoff and Alisa and Jim Kigar; three great-great nieces: Megan and Shelby Westhoff and Elsie Kigar and a great-great nephew, Eli Kigar.
Visitation will open after 10:00 A.M. Friday, November 5, 2010 at the Memphis Funeral Home with the family present to greet friends and relatives from 6 until 8 P.M. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 6, 2010, at the Memphis Funeral Home with Pastor Sonny Smyser officiating. Music provided by Angela, Megan and Shelby Westhoff. Burial will follow in the Memphis Cemetery with Clarice's ten grandchildren serving as casket bearers. Memorials may be made to the Memphis First Christian Church or the Scotland County Historical Society and may be left at or mailed to Memphis Funeral Home, 378 South Market Street, Memphis, Missouri 63555. Online condolences may be made to the Burns family by logging onto firstname.lastname@example.org.