Doris Burns


Doris Burns (nee Mynarkiewicz), 84, formerly of Glen Cove, passed away on Jan. 30, 2015, in Midlothian, VA, after a short illness. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, John; son, Martin and daughter-in-law, Mary Elizabeth; son-in-law, Mike Rutledge; granddaughters, Jasmine Holdren and Legh Rutledge; and great-grandchildren, Ellie, Kenneth Michael and Olivia. Doris was preceded in death by her daughter, Jane Anne Rutledge. After living most of their lives on Long Island, Doris and John moved to Midlothian in 2005 to be closer to their family.

Doris was born at home during the height of the Depression in a house her father helped to build. Though times were hard, Doris and her family were sustained by a strong religious faith and the tightknit Landing community.  A number of friends that Doris made during her early years would remain close to her throughout her life.

While she was in the eighth grade, Doris met the man who would become the love of her life. Doris was a top commercial student at Glen Cove High School. She graduated in 1948.
Doris and John were married at St. Hyacinth church in September of 1954. Following their marriage, Doris and John embarked on a series of adventures that would take them to Montgomery, AL; Denver, CO; Salt Lake City, UT; and Walnut Creek, CA. In 1967, John accepted a position as vice president with the Van Son Holland Ink Corporation, then located in Mineola, and the family moved to Glen Cove.

While raising two children, Doris worked in a number of part-time administrative positions. When her children graduated high school and went on to college, Doris went to work in the development field, holding positions at both Friends Academy and North Shore Child and Family Guidance. In 1984, she received her certificate in fundraising from New York University.

An important part of Doris’ life was the summer home in Fairlee, VT, that she and her husband purchased in 1974.  Doris, John and the entire family spent countless summer days enjoying Lake Morey with friends and family. Doris was known for her love of the Fourth of July parade in Fairlee and was renowned for her colorful patriotic outfits.

Doris was universally seen as a warm and giving person who was always trying to do something for someone else. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Funeral Mass held at the Church of St. Hyacinth. Internment at Locust Valley Cemetery. McLaughlin Kramer Megiel Funeral Home.

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