Arlouine Case Burns
June 16, 1931 – June 29, 2020
Arlouine (Casey) Burns was born on June 16, 1931 in Huntington, West Virginia and was welcomed into this world by her loving parents Arlouine and Morgan Case.
At an early age, Casey began her lifelong love and study of ballet. At fourteen she was accepted to the School of American Ballet in New York City where she moved with the support of her incredible parents, it must have been hard on them to have her leave at such a young age. She performed with Ballet Society and was a founding member of the New York City Ballet. Under the direction of George Balanchine, she performed in several major cities in the U.S. and around the world.
After ten years, Casey left the ballet company to marry Captain William C. Burns, then teaching at his alma mater the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, just an hour north of New York City. He used to take a bus from West Point to see her performances and take her out for dinner afterwards. Together they started a family, had four children, and explored the world as only military families can do. That is to say, it was a rambling adventure!
In her life as a dancer, later as a military wife, and then finally as an empty nester, Casey never stopped traveling, often joking that she lived out of a suitcase. She was a talented gardener and active member of her local garden club for many years. She loved animals, all creatures great and small, even toads, but especially dogs! Casey became an excellent cook and enjoyed planning for her next get together while pouring over the latest Gourmet Magazine. She was gregarious and engaging, and always kept her guests laughing!
Survivors include her daughter, Caron B. Carrigan (Sandy Burgess) and her sons, Richard Carrigan (Megan Quarles) and David Burgess; her daughter, Michelle B. Wagoner (husband William) and their daughters, Adrienne Wagoner and Charlotte Trible (husband Jesse); her daughter Kathleen Burns Chaplin (husband Lee) and their son Lee Chaplin; and her son William C. Burns and his son Liam Burns and step-daughter Ashley Burns.
There will be a small family service at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to New York City Ballet or any charitable organization of your choice.
New York City Ballet https://www.nycballet.com
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Arlouine Case Burns
July 1, 2020
What a beautifully written tribute of a lovely person. I will never forget the graciousness she (and all of you) showed me on my solo visit to Columbia. It was an eye opener to an adolescent girl from the midwest and made a huge impression on me. Aunt Casey was so beautiful, refined, kind; and, yes, a GREAT cook! I'll treasure her memory as I know you all will. Just wish I had been able to spend more time with her - Uncle Bill, also. I'm happy they are together again, unchained from the troubles and pain of this world. Love and blessings to you all. ❤💐😇
July 1, 2020
Caron, Missy, KK and Bill, my condolences on Aunt Casey's passing.
She was very glamorous to this Midwest girl! I remember her at cousin Pat’s wedding, we picked her and Uncle Bill up at the airport and she was wearing heels and a fur stole, I thought she was a movie star! She was always so welcoming and interested in you as a person. Such a class act! Cherish your memories of your beautiful Mom.
June 30, 2020
Casey was my "Aunt" Casey due to her and Bill's closeness to my mom and dad - the best of friends. Our families spent many weekends and short vacations together. I always remember hearing the loud story telling and laughing from the kitchen whenever the families got together. Casey had a hearty laugh and always a good listener. Her heart was big and she truly wanted to know when she would ask 'How are you darling?". My best memory of these visits is of her chasing me around the car trying to give me a goodbye kiss before we Brennan's headed back home. To a kind, smart, loving, talented, best friend, aunt and rare kind of real lady. We love you and miss you. Enjoy the big stage! Love Mike Brennan