Soldotna resident Ruby Annie Burns died Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2000, in Soldotna. She was 84.
A public visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. Additional services will be held in Clarksville, Texas, at a future date. Burial will take place at the New Shamrock Cemetery in Clarksville.
Mrs. Burns was born Jan. 7, 1916, in Cleburne, Texas. Shortly thereafter she and her family moved to Mauldin, Texas, where she was raised and educated. Mrs. Burns worked as a sales clerk for Morris Dry Goods in Dallas from the early 1950s until she retired in the early 1980s.
She was a member of the Baptist Church in De Soto, Texas. At the end of September 1991, she moved to Soldotna to be closer to her daughter Dorothy.
Mrs. Burns once received a certificate for being the "hug lady." In addition to this certificate, she won ribbons for dressing bears at the fair. She enjoyed traveling, beads, her bears and playing bingo and dominoes.
"She was one of the most loving, kind and gentlest people one could ever know. She was a joy to be with. Her bright smile and her hugs will be deeply missed," her family said.
Mrs. Burns was preceded in death by her husband Luther P. Burns and her son Herman Miller.
She is survived by daughters Dorothy Rose of Soldotna and Delinda McKnight of Mesquite, Texas; sons Troy Miller of Louisville, Texas, and Loy Miller of Gathersburg, Va.; grandchildren Mike Rose, Pat Rose, Bob Rose, Michael Miller, Cheryl Miller, David Miller, Terry Miller, Patrick Malone, Christy McKnight, Chad McKnight, Shana McKnight and James Wayne Miller; sister, Virginia Fox of Palestine, Texas; brothers Lenden Fincher of Palestine and Clovis Fincher of Sunnyvale, Texas; and 28 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society, Central Peninsula Unit, P.O. Box 2165, Kenai, AK 99611.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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