Anne Maureen Burgess
July 16, 1930 – July 3, 2020
On July 3, 2020, Anne Maureen Burgess (nee Magee) passed away. She was the beloved wife of Hugh F. Burgess; devoted mother of Geoffrey Burgess and his wife Karen, Douglas Burgess and his wife Patty, Jonathan Burgess and his wife Jane, and David Burgess and his wife Maria; loving grandmother of nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild; dear sister of the late Molly Belcher, Ernest (Jimmy) Magee, Kathleen (Ta) Stamper, and Janey MacFawn. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Anne was an elementary school teacher for over 35 years at the McDonogh, Manlius Pebble Hill, and Buckley schools.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Anne’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011, or the McDonogh School, Office of Philanthropy, 8600 McDonogh RD, Owings Mills, MD 21117. Condolences may be left for the family at www.schimunekfuneralhomes.com.
ANNE: THE WAY IT WAS, THE WAY IT IS
What has been taken away from her is… her driver’s license her Volvo wagon her right to fasten her own seat belt her bicycle helmet her almost new Trek ten-speed the North Central Trail, dry, wet, crusted with snow her tennis racket her badminton racket her joyful overhead smash right at your head her oil paints her watercolors her sketch book full of graceful trees and gracious clouds her volunteer pass at the Aquarium her docent notebook for the Baltimore Art Museum those Polish American kids reading aloud in the Pioneer Valley those Spanish American kids reciting the times tables in the desert outside El Paso those fourth graders about to go on stage for the wind-up musical in Owings Mills those first graders tied together to cross Lexington Avenue safely all those graders during jump rope recess bus duty lunch duty library duty all those exotic creatures in her classroom rain forest her water aerobics her bathing suit her side stroke, back stroke, dog paddle, breast stroke her meander to the off-shore buoy and back her jib sheet her sailing gloves her sunscreen her blue kayak and red paddle her walks along the Penny Hill beach her morning coffee lakeside in Maine the strolls through London, Cambridge, Rathfriland, Paris, Salzburg, Graz, Florence, Rome, Tokyo, Odessa, Toronto, Quebec her orchestra bells her piano her Unitarian choir scores her Middle River Concert Band schedule her oven thermometer her cookbook her dish towels the knobs on the stove her letters from her college roommate her long reach back into Northern Ireland and all that came forward, even from Nigeria the telephone calls from her sons her quiet pride in her four remarkable daughters-in-law the names of her grandchildren her walking shoes her entire capacity for speech--- What never leaves us… is her smile.
- Hugh F. Burgess, Husband
- Geoffrey Burgess and his wife Karen, Son
- Douglas Burgess and his wife Patty, Son
- Jonathan Burgess and his wife Jane, Son
- David Burgess and his wife Maria, Son
- The late Molly Belcher, Sister
- The late Ernest (Jimmy) Magee, Brother
- The late Kathleen (Ta) Stamper, Sister
- The late Janey MacFawn, Sister
- Loving grandmother of nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
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Anne Maureen Burgess
July 21, 2020
I was the lucky teacher who got to teach rainforest murals to Anne's 4th grade classes. Anne was much more than a colleague though. My family and I remember being invited to pingpong tournaments each Christmas at her house. She and I would drive to Washington DC on weekends to pick up food for a food co-op that some McDonogh families had started. We even took a quilting class together! I really wanted her to be my daughter's fourth grade teacher but the year Tammy went into fourth grade, Anne became the LS Math Specialist. Once Anne retired, she would come back to McDonogh when I had PreFirst to help teach that class. There are special people in our lives that we consider our angels, and Anne was definitely one of my angels. She has a big place in my heart and I feel blessed that she was a part of my life.
July 10, 2020
Anne was the person I could always count on to guide and comfort me as I began teaching third grade. Amazed at her easy style and amazing creativity, I often wondered how I could ever become that kind of teacher. Anne didn't just teach her students about the rain forest, she actually created a rain forest in her classroom. I was always in awe of her! I am sure that somewhere, somehow she is still using that grace and love. To the Burgess family, I am deeply sorry for your loss. Vicki
Jean Van Meter
July 8, 2020
How wonderful to remember being able to work with Anne on neighborly activities such as driving
to Jessup, Maryland to purchase food to sell to interested purchasers. She was a delight. I cherish the memory of working with her. Jean Van Meter
July 8, 2020
Mom always knew if I had my lunch or if milk was needed for the frig. She knew where the lost mittens and hat were. She knew how to be calm, positive, and happy in the face of a three-ring circus of husband, 4 boys, friends, and nieces/ nephews (summering over) and a cat and dog. She modeled book reading, achievement, hobbies, sports and scouting for us. She was always put together and made us so. She taught us “down time” like the pure pleasure of a nap or a fireplace story. She adored her students and her classroom and fellow teachers, who all adored her back. You just wanted to be around Anne is the feeling we got from anybody and we felt it too. She kissed her husband in front of us and held his hand….. and of course did the same to all us boys and every relative …. with joy. She loved her brothers and sisters and any news of any family members. She knew names by heart. She smiled. She was all things connected before the internet invented connection. She called neighbors; she called friends; she called her boys at college; she wrote to them; she called her in laws; she called, wrote and planned family get togethers. She sang in the choir and dropped us off at the church to do the same; She welcomed girlfriends and friends into the house and on vacations making all feel as life-long friends in a few minutes. She turned a small task like the shared making of a salad…. pure fun. She played cards and board games, tennis, skiing and sailing...all tackled with the same gusto as a young pup tugging on a leash. She did not stop us from crazy things like running 7 miles to high school in the morning as a way to chase our dreams knowing all along they were just dreams but they were our dreams. She let us win and rejoiced in it. She let us fail and comforted us. …………
……… all and more with impish smiles and grace. Thanks, Dad for choosing the best Mom ever.
We’re gonna miss her.
July 8, 2020
I am so thankful for my memories of Anne as a teacher, a family friend, and as the hostess with the mostess every year at Christmas. My fondest memories of Anne are on rainy days in Maine-- visiting the troll house near the cabin, snacking on the porch, drawing using tracing paper, and playing Chinese Checkers in the living room while Hugh talked about his latest manuscript. Mostly, I think of her bright smile... on the sailboat, at McDonogh's cardboard boat race, watching the band play at Marshy Point Spring Festival, or spending time with her grandkids... there was just nothing warmer than that smile.
July 6, 2020
I was so so lucky and blessed to have had Anne as my mother-in-law for over 35 years. Her generosity, playfulness, patience, optimism and quick laugh was a joy to be around! I always looked forward to our vacation weeks together in NC ,Maine and at Christmas. Anne would invariably have quirky wild ideas for fun with her grandkids (and me!).
What a loving and warm spirit she carried.! Thank you, Anne.
July 6, 2020
Hugh and sons,
Diane and I were just talking about Anne the other day as we did our morning nine holes of golf. We remarked about her amazing disposition. She was always "on" when we saw her on campus or visited in Maine. Anne was really wonderful with both Whit and Lindsay. We always appreciated her kindness and her ability to raise all those boys while keeping you in line. You have a lifetime of memories with her. We were happy to share some of those moments. Remember all that she did with you and for you, and she will live in your heart forever.
Tom and Diane.
July 6, 2020
A wonderful mother, charming and fun-filled and a dear aunt.