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Dawn Burns

SULLIVAN — Dawn M. Burns of Sullivan, Mo., passed away Friday, September 11, 2009 at the age of 77 years.

Dawn was born on June 2, 1932 at Bonne Terre, Mo., to William and Ruth (Stewart) Manwarring. She was raised in the St. Louis area until around the tenth grade when the family moved back to the Bonne Terre area. On September 10, 1950 she was united in marriage to James P. Burns at Flat River, Mo. In 1960, Jim took a job with the former Meramec Mining Company and Dawn became a stay-at-home mom to the family and kids. Dawn was a Sunday school teacher at Grace United Methodist Church in Sullivan for many years and also helped teach Summer Bible School. She enjoyed bowling and reading, but her true love was her family, especially her kids and grand-kids.

She is survived by her husband Jim of the family home; two daughters, Gay Davis and Paula Gross and husband Kenny all of Sullivan; four grandchildren, Heather Emily and husband Bud, Christopher Davis, Kyle Gross and wife Jenn and Joel Gross and special friend Sami; three great grandchildren, Blaine, Shelby and Benjamin; her Meramec Nursing Center Family; nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends.

Along with her parents, Dawn was preceded in death by an infant son, Anthony James Burns and a brother, Gary Manwarring.

Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. on Monday, September 14, 2009 from the Grace United Methodist Church in Sullivan with the Rev. Dr. Steve Williams officiating. Interment will be private. Visitation for Mrs. Dawn Burns was held from 4-8 p.m. Sunday evening at the Eaton Funeral Home in Sullivan. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Activity Fund at Meramec Nursing Center. Friends may sign the family’s on-line guestbook at

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