Olive Elizabeth "Tucker" Burns

April 8, 1930February 4, 2019

Olive Elizabeth “Tucker” Martin Burns April 8, 1930 – February 4, 2019 Olive Elizabeth “Tucker” Martin Burns, 88, of Dallas and San Antonio, Texas, died Monday, February 4, 2019, with her family at her side. Tucker was born April 8, 1930, in Montgomery, Texas, and was the daughter of Olive Elizabeth Willis and Isaac “Stump” Lafayette Martin, Sr. She attended boarding school at Ursuline Academy in San Antonio and graduated college from University of Incarnate Word before starting her career as a grade school teacher at Fort Sam Houston Elementary School. Tucker married her husband Harry J. Burns, Jr., on June 17, 1950. They had three children, Paul Michael (Mike) Burns; Douglas Martin Burns; and Mary Elizabeth (Molly) Burns Banowetz, and two grandchildren, Lila Elizabeth Burns Banowetz and Weston Carter Burns Banowetz. Tucker was proud of her heritage and was a 7th generation Texan. She and her husband were members of the San Antonio Country Club where Tucker was an avid tennis player and loved to swim. For over 10 years, she found great joy as a tour guide, showing visitors her beloved city of San Antonio and talking about its rich history. Tucker also had a deep appreciation of art and was a docent for more than 20 years at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio. She had an incredible sense of adventure and traveled throughout the country and abroad to learn more about art and to experience different cultures. After the death of her husband in 2011, she relocated in 2013 to the CC Young senior living center, located near White Rock Lake in Dallas, Texas, to be near her daughter and grandchildren. It was here where she met her second soul mate, Don Michel, who was recently widowed and who became her constant companion for the next six years. Don and Tucker enjoyed their early morning walks at the lake, holding hands and feeding the ducks. They dined together, traveled and truly cherished their time together. Surviving are her son, Mike Burns of San Antonio; daughter Molly Burns Banowetz and her husband Leon Banowetz of Dallas; grandchildren Lila and Weston Banowetz of Dallas; her companion Don Michel of Dallas; his son David Michel and his wife Deborah; their children John and Elizabeth Michel; his daughter Jane McGarry; Kevin McGarry; their son Michael; and sister Rose Marie “Hoopie” Stortz of Midland. Tucker was preceded in death by her husband Harry Burns, her son, Douglas Burns; her daughter-in-law Suzanne (Shultz) Burns, her parents, and two brothers and two sisters. A memorial service will be celebrated by the Rev. Walt Marcum, Associate Pastor, on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. in Cox Chapel at Highland Park United Methodist Church, 3300 Mockingbird Lane in Dallas, Texas. A reception will immediately follow at Fellowship Hall. A reception will be held in San Antonio at a later date. Internment at Holy Cross Cemetery in San Antonio will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Tucker Burns to the White Rock Lake Conservancy, PO Box 140227, Dallas, TX 75214; The Humane Society of San Antonio, 4804 Fredericksburg Road, San Antonio, Texas 78229; or a charity of your choice. You may sign the online guest book at


  • Memorial Service Monday, February 11, 2019

Olive Elizabeth "Tucker" Burns

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Molly Cheslock Connelly

February 10, 2019

Mrs. Burns was my first grade teacher at Fort Sam Houston Elementary School. She also taught my brother James. We loved her and still remember her. So glad she lived a long and happy life. Rest in peace sweet Mrs. Burns. Molly

Allen Bennett

February 7, 2019

I had the privilege of knowing Tucker when we were both affiliated with the McNay Museum. She was a happy, humane and astute individual . She has been missed since her move to Dallas. Sincere condolences to her family at this time of loss.

Mary McDonnell

February 7, 2019

Molly and Mike,
I am so sorry to hear this news. I have often wondered how Tucker was getting along, and am glad to hear that she had found a wonderful companion,. She was always so young at heart, and such an inspiration to everyone. She and Harry mentored us when we moved in across the alley from them here in San Antonio. We loved them both very much.
Please be assured that she is resting peacefully in Gods arms, and looking down on her precious family with pride and joy.

Dana Powell

February 6, 2019

Tucker was one of the treasured members of the Pitkin County Painters group, who gathered every summer in Aspen, Colorado. They “painted the town red” each year and Tucker was instrumental in organizing side tours and entertainment while others were actually painting during the day. The PCP ladies were famous AND infamous.....and Tucker’s “joi de vivre” was infectious and cherished amongst all who encountered her. One of the PCP artists, my mother Rowena Dillard , and I will always cherish her friendship ......Tucker was one of the most interesting ladies we were blessed to have ever known ! Love and blessings to Tucker’s family and her dear friend, Don from Dana and Gene Powell and Ro Dillard.