OBITUARY

Ella Marie (Hagan) Burns

June 25, 1928May 1, 2021
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Ella Marie was a consummate and loving mother, wife, teacher, and friend adored by all who knew her. A graduate of Cullman High School and member of Cullman First Methodist Church, she married Cullman native Alan Burns in 1949 and they raised two children whose life ambition was to make them proud. A child of the Depression, Ella Marie knew how to live on very little early in their marriage; as educators she and Alan earned less than poverty level income the year their first child was born. Ella Marie was an exceptionally strong person, suffering from and surviving uterine cancer, broken bones, a series of strokes, diabetes, and Covid-19. She shepherded her children through not only the usual childhood traumas but also smallpox for one and polio for the other. Her tireless physical therapy with her son is the reason he walks today, decades later. While she was afraid of little things like snakes and the dark, she was fearless in the face of death and threats against her husband’s life in the 1960s. She is a beautiful soul who loved her family, friends, and her Lord, along with flowers, playing bridge, and wearing big earrings. Ella Marie was given a gold record by Polydor Records for telling her son to play Frank Mills’ instrumental “Music Box Dancer” on the radio in Chicago. He did, others followed, and it became a hit song. In Heaven Ella Marie joins her mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hagan Sr, her brothers Robert, Harold, and Tom Hagan, and her beloved husband Alan Sr. She is survived by her daughter, Marie Lutz, and son Alan Burns, their spouses Rick and Donna respectively, grandchildren Jillian and Erick Lutz, nephews Joe Hagan, Bob Hagan, Dan Beaver, and Tracy Beaver; nieces Jane Hagan, Beth Medley, Angi Meyers, Linda Evans, Carol Albritton, Sandy Letcher, and Karen Ritter; brother-in-law Bucky Beaver; and many great-nephews-and-nieces. Funeral services for Ella Marie Burns will be held Thursday, May 6 at 2:00pm at Cullman First Methodist Church, 320 3rd Ave SE in Cullman, where she and Alan were married. Visitation will be the same day from 1:00 to 1:45 pm. The church suggests and the family requests that attendees be masked for the indoor portions of the service out of respect for others. Ella Marie’s children have established the Alan and Ella Marie Burns Memorial Scholarship to provide a yearly grant to help deserving graduates of Cullman High School attend college. Friends and family are welcome to send flowers or to donate to the scholarship fund as they prefer. Donations are accepted at any branch of Merchants Bank or via GoFundMe.com (https://gofund.me/797c129e).

  • FAMILY

  • Alan C. (Donna) Burns Jr., Son
  • Marie Burns (Richard) Lutz, Daughter
  • Erick Lutz and Jillian Lutz, Grandchildren
  • Joe Hagan, Bob Hagan, Dan Beaver and Tracy Beaver, Nephews
  • Jane Hagan, Beth Medley, Angi Meyers, Linda Evans, Carol Albritton, Sandy Letcher and Karen Ritter, Nieces
  • Bucky Beaver, Brother-in-law
  • Many Great Nephews and Nieces, great nieces and great nephews
  • Alan C. Burns Sr., Husband (deceased)
  • Robert Joseph and Ruth Mae Limbaugh Hagan, Parents (deceased)
  • Robert, Harold and Tom Hagan, Brothers (deceased)

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Celebration of Life Visitation

    Thursday, May 6, 2021

  • Celebration of Life Funeral Service

    Thursday, May 6, 2021

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Interment

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Patsy Ennis

May 6, 2021

So sorry for your loss, I feel so blessed to have known Ms. Burns. She was such a sweet lady and she just filled my heart with such sweet conversations. I know she will be missed and we are just grateful to have been her neighbor for a few years. May God bless you and comfort you as you continue in this life.
Patsy and Jim Ennis

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Biography

Ella Marie was a consummate and loving mother, wife, teacher, and friend adored by all who knew her. A graduate of Cullman High School and member of Cullman First Methodist Church, she married Cullman native Alan Burns in 1949 and they raised two children whose life ambition was to make them proud.
A child of the Depression, Ella Marie knew how to live on very little early in their marriage; as educators she and Alan earned less than poverty level income the year their first child was born.
Ella Marie was an exceptionally strong person, suffering from and surviving uterine cancer, broken bones, a series of strokes, diabetes, and Covid-19. She shepherded her children through not only the usual childhood traumas but also smallpox for one and polio for the other. Her tireless physical therapy with her son is the reason he walks today, decades later. While she was afraid of little things like snakes and the dark, she was fearless in the face of death and threats against her husband’s life in the 1960s.
She is a beautiful soul who loved her family, friends, and her Lord, along with flowers, playing bridge, and wearing big earrings. Ella Marie was given a gold record by Polydor Records for telling her son to play Frank Mills’ instrumental “Music Box Dancer” on the radio in Chicago. He did, others followed, and it became a hit song.
In Heaven Ella Marie joins her mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hagan Sr, her brothers Robert, Harold, and Tom Hagan, and her beloved husband Alan Sr. She is survived by her daughter, Marie Lutz, and son Alan Burns, their spouses Rick and Donna respectively, grandchildren Jillian and Erick Lutz, nephews Joe Hagan, Bob Hagan, Dan Beaver, and Tracy Beaver; nieces Jane Hagan, Beth Medley, Angi Meyers, Linda Evans, Carol Albritton, Sandy Letcher, and Karen Ritter; brother-in-law Bucky Beaver; and many great-nephews-and-nieces.
Funeral services for Ella Marie Burns will be held Thursday, May 6 at 2:00pm at Cullman First Methodist Church, 320 3rd Ave SE in Cullman, where she and Alan were married. Visitation will be the same day from 1:00 to 1:45 pm. The church suggests and the family requests that attendees be masked for the indoor portions of the service out of respect for others.
Ella Marie’s children have established the Alan and Ella Marie Burns Memorial Scholarship to provide a yearly grant to help deserving graduates of Cullman High School attend college. Friends and family are welcome to send flowers or to donate to the scholarship fund as they prefer. Donations are accepted at any branch of Merchants Bank or via GoFundMe.com (https://gofund.me/797c129e).