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Volusia Memorial Funeral Home & Volusia Memorial Park

548 North Nova Road, Ormond Beach, FL

OBITUARY

Evelyn J. Burns

June 2, 1927June 28, 2020

Evelyn J. Burns, 93, of South Daytona, FL, passed away on June 28, 2020. She was born in Daytona Beach, FL on June 2, 1927 to Lillie and Gordon Holmes. In 1936, at the age of 9, Evelyn joined the Methodist Episcopal Church. She later joined the Ormond Beach Union Church.

On Jan 18, 1943, Evelyn married her beloved husband, Rufus James Burns. He preceded her in death, along with her parents, oldest brother, and older and younger sister. Evelyn is survived by her devoted children, Gordon Burns of Ormond Beach, James Burns of Ormond Beach, and Alicia Hutchinson of South Daytona; 6 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; younger brother, David Holmes of New Baltimore, MI; and 8 nieces and nephews in MI and 2 in Edgewater, FL.

Evelyn loved spending time with her family; and especially when she was able to take her children camping and fishing when they were young. She loved to cook, craft, garden, go to yard sales, and care for others. She was such a giving person and never forgot a birthday or anniversary. She regularly volunteered with her sister at The Bargain House at her church. She loved fried chicken and fried shrimp, and never turned down cookies and ice cream.

When it was time for Evelyn to enter Halifax Hospice, she was treated with gentle kindness and the most excellent care. The nurses took care of her like she was their own mother and cannot be thanked enough.

A Celebration of Life Service will be Friday, July 3, 2020 at 12pm at Volusia Memorial Funeral Home, Ormond Beach, FL, with viewing the hour prior.

Services

  • Viewing

    Friday, July 3, 2020

  • Celebration of Life Funeral Service

    Friday, July 3, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Friday, July 3, 2020

Memories

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Deniese Fick

July 3, 2020

This is a special memory from my son Shawn f i c k. 31 years ago when he graduated from high school he got ahold of Aunt Evelyn and said he was going to have his high school trip down in Florida, so she told him where to meet her and Uncle Jimmy and they would spend time together. Shawn said they met him at the Bandshell and got to spend about a half hour together. He said they all had a lot to talk about but they got it all in. He loved Aunt Evelyn very much and said he will never forget that time spent with her and that he thought it was really nice of her to suggest that.

Deniese Fick

July 3, 2020

These memories are from our family. As kids we remember sleeping in her screened in porch and as adults we camped out in her dining room and living room with our air mattresses, we had to move furniture to fit our air mattresses but aunt Evelyn never cared, we were all together. The next morning we would all get up and have coffee together. We had many fish and shrimp dinners made by Aunt Evelyn, and a must for every time we visited was Aunt Evelyn's famous chicken and rice dinner and we always looked forward to that. We always took oranges home from Aunt Evelyn's trees. We always attended Christmas Eve service together that was really special. Sitting up late at night we would all play cards while she watched TV but that never stopped us from keeping up a steady flow of conversation. We loved her laughter, her kindness, and her willingness to always share stories of us kids and our younger years. We always loved her visits to Michigan. Several years ago Aunt Evelyn made a comment that she wanted to go around and see all the Christmas lights in her Park so we put her in her wheelchair and Bob, Ronnie, and Mike all took turns pushing Aunt Evelyn and we had the best time and she got to see all the lights. We will all Miss Aunt Evelyn very much but we will always have our special memories in our heart. We love you and Evelyn forever and ever.

David Lee Holmes

July 1, 2020

I have so much I can say and don't know where to start! All my life I made my trips down to Daytona with my parents and when I got old enough I went on my own down there and spent my time Aunt Evelyn & Uncle Jimmy and my family there. I always stayed with them when I was there. They never knew when I would show up one time my friend Mark and I was camped out in there front yard waiting for morning and she opened up the curtains and saw feet hanging out the windows in the car! Other times she would hear the race cars going around the speedway and she knew I would be there soon! Then I would walk in and say "I'm back" she would have my room ready for me and this went on for 18 years while I was on the race team! All her years living in Daytona I got to take her out to the track so she could see me driving the race car she got a kick out of that and it made me feel good that she got to go out there and see what I did! Another thing was going to Aunt Catfish for dinner no matter if I was only there for a night we went to eat! I was the luckiest person in the Nascar Garage I got to stay a couple miles from the track with her and didn't have to stay in a hotel got to do 2 things at one time visit and race what more could a person ask for! It is sure going to be different now for me after 60 years being with her and family while being down there. The last time I was there I thanked her for everything she did for me I just had a feeling it was going to be my last time so I told her everything I needed to say to her. Only thing I made a promise I would be there when she passed but this is one promise I was unable to keep but I know she understands why I'm not there. When the shrimp start running I know where you will be and you have a lot of family waiting in line to see you and probably having a big get together with a lot of good food, I can hear them all now just laughing especially Uncle Alva!!! Aunt Evelyn I love you very much. David Lee

Dennis Jan Holmes

June 30, 2020

Letting you know you are in our thoughts , please say hello to all for us. Dennis Holmes an family . Prudenville michigan

Brian Holmes

June 30, 2020

Gordon - James and Lisa, I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. Even though we knew it coming, doesn't make it any easier. I have to believe she's in a better place - rejoined with uncle Jimmy and all are family that passed before her.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY