Erma Ruth Burns, 96, died at 8:45 am July 10th at the BSA Hospice. One of eleven children of Emmett and Lizzie Tunnell, she is survived by her son Terry Burns and Daughter in law Saundra Burns of Amarillo and two sisters, Nell Thomas of Nashville TN and Meta Graves of Electra TX, grandchildren Teresa Burns of Houston TX, Bryan Burns of Carlsbad NM, and step-grandchildren Kristi Butler of Ennis, TX; Jeff Waters of Elk City OK and Marcie Gunter of Elk City OK. The Great Grandchildren are Jacob Lambright of Palestine TX, Mandy Lambright of Abilene TX, Preston Burns, Bryce Burns and Sean Burns of Carlsbad NM, Shanda Henrichs of Rowlett TX, Kasey Seeberger of Little Rock, AR, Alex Waters of Elk City OK and Jalen Gunter and Makayla Gunter of Elk City OK.

Born in Electra TX she lived in Pampa TX for more than 60 years and was the wife of Melton Burns who preceded her in death as did her only other child, her son Trent. She worked for many years as a manager of a cafeteria at the Pampa school system and lacked only a few weeks being a charter member of the Central Baptist Church in Pampa. In latter years she lived in Amarillo and was a beloved member of Bolton Street Baptist Church.

In life, the inevitable squabbles and events occurred on both sides of the family but she was never involved, being genuinely loved and cherished by all, the most sweet and gentle spirit any of us ever knew. Of herself she once said, “I’ve never been hurt, never been mistreated or abused, or never been hungry. I’ve walked with the Lord all my life and I guess it’s been a pretty good life.”

In our garden of life, she was our rose.

There will be a visitation at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home here in Amarillo from 6-8 pm tomorrow. The funeral will be Monday the 12th (mom’s 96th birthday) at 11 am at Bolton Street Baptist Church, 2555 Bolton Street, Amarillo TX 79103. Memorials may be sent to the Bolton Street Building Fund at that address. Brother Leon Green will officiate.

The graveside service will be at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Pampa at 3:00 p.m. officiated by Brother Norman Rushing of Central Baptist Church where mother attended many years and only lacked a couple of weeks being a charter member.