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 Nancy Elizabeth “Dollie” <I>Haun</I> Burns

Nancy Elizabeth “Dollie” Haun Burns

Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo County, California, USA
Death 12 Jan 1990 (aged 100)
San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County, California, USA
Burial Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo County, California, USA
Memorial ID 53379787 · View Source
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Daughter of William Andrew Haun (1848-1931) and Ida A (Forsting) Haun (1862-1929)

Nancy was born and raised in Arroyo Grande, Ca. Her parents, William and Ida Ann Haun, and her grandparents, Charles and Naomi Forsting, were some of the founding citizens of Arroyo Grande. Her father and mother owned a farm at the foothills of the Arroyo Grande Mesa. They owned 80 acres of farmland and 80 acres of hill country up on the Mesa. Nancy helped her father plow the fields of the farm in her younger years. They used a team of horses to plow the fields.

Nancy met her future husband, Jesse Eberly Burns, in Arroyo Grande. She was married to Jesse Eberly Burns on 10 May 1908 in San Luis Obispo, California. Nancy and Jesse spent most of their married life living in the Central Valley of California. Jesse worked for the Union Oil pipeline as a manager/supervisor. They lived at the Middle Water pump station and then at the Coalinga pump station and then at the McKittrick pump station. Jesse had a group of men that worked under him. This group could range anywhere from 5 to 20 men. Nancy ran the cookhouse that fed all of these men. Nancy fed them 3 meals a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. She made everything from scratch. This would include but not be limited to pies, cakes, breads etc... Not very much came from a box. These were hard working men that she had to feed and they ate hearty meals. This was very hard work for Jesse and Nancy. She told me later on in life that if she knew then what she knew later on in life, she never would have worked as hard as she did.

Nancy and Jesse retired and eventually made their way back to Arroyo Grande. They enjoyed their retirement years and eventually came to live in a home on my mother and father's property in Arroyo Grande. My father is their grandson. Jesse passed away about 6 months after I was born and was laid to rest in Arroyo Grande. Jesse had accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior a few years before he passed away. Nancy was a believer in Jesus Christ herself.

Nancy enjoyed her elderly years and I enjoyed spending lots of time with my great grandmother. She would take care of my siblings and me from time to time. She would drive my older brother and me around in her VW bug car. I still remember the day that she had to sell her car because she could no longer drive. Nancy enjoyed watching "Hee Haw" and "The Lawrence Welk Show" on television and I would often sit and watch these shows with her. Every Christmas, as part of her gift to the families, Nancy would shell and hull walnuts to be used for baking. This was a great gift to each family she did it for! I remember when I would bake something that required walnuts that all I had to do was look in the freezer and there they would be. All I would have to do was chop the walnuts. My mother and I always really appreciated those walnuts!

Nancy and Jesse were deeply loved by all of their family and are sorely missed. We know that we will see them again someday.

Nancy was laid to rest next to Jesse.

Nancy and Jesse had four children: Jessie Elizabeth Burns-Smith (Frank), Thelma Belle Burns-Mayhall (Charles), Robert Ormond Burns (Lucille) and my grandmother Lillian Mae Burns-Duffin (Tommie).

Nancy's 3rd great grandmother was Hannah Boone Stewart Pennington, the sister of Daniel Boone and the wife of John Stewart. Daniel Boone was Nancy's 4th great uncle.

** Thank You very much, Pamela Sitler, for sponsoring my Great Grandmother's memorial **

** Thank You also to Marge for retouching the toddler photograph of Nancy. It looks fantastic! **

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  • Maintained by: sharon duffin
  • Originally Created by: Max Turpin
  • Added: 7 Jun 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 53379787
  • Pamela Sitler
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Nancy Elizabeth “Dollie” Haun Burns (24 Jun 1889–12 Jan 1990), Find A Grave Memorial no. 53379787, citing Arroyo Grande Cemetery, Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo County, California, USA ; Maintained by sharon duffin (contributor 47543760) .