Helen Yvonne Burns, mother of Sound Off Louisiana founder Robert Burns, celebrating her 85th birthday. Ms. Burns passed away on July 9, 2021.
Sound Off Louisiana subscribers may have noted that there has been a pretty long hiatus since our last feature was published, and some may have even wondered why that is the case. There actually is a very good reason.
Around June 23, 2021, this blog’s founder, Robert Burns, who lived his entire life with his mother, Helen Yvonne Burns, received notice that she had taken a significant downturn in her health and was approaching the end of her life. Robert, who ultimately had to place his mom in Ollie Steele Burden Nursing Home (across the street from where they reside and they moved there 20 years ago in case that day ever came) on June 5, 2019, visited with his mom for 6-7 hours a day even after she entered the nursing home. He even told one friend, “As far as I’m concerned, I just relocated her bedroom about 2,000 feet north!”
Obviously, when the pandemic hit, the ability to visit with his mom at all became nonexistent, but he was so thankful that the fine staff of CNAs at Ollie Steele were only too willing to take his mom to a rear door entrance where they could visit each day through the closed glass door. He was also thankful that he and his mom were able to resume outdoor visits late last year and even one-hour indoor visits beginning about 10 weeks or so ago.
Yvonne went on to be with the Lord around 10:00 p.m. on Friday, July 9, 2021, and today’s Sound Off Louisiana feature is a celebratory memorial service officiated by Robert yesterday, Saturday, July 24, 2021, at Wesley United Methodist Church in Yvonne’s hometown of Darlington, Louisiana. Here’s video of that service:
Sound Off Louisiana founder, Robert Burns, pays tribute to his wonderful mom, Helen Yvonne Burns, on Saturday, July 24, 2021.
For anyone who would like to learn far more about Yvonne, feel free to visit this Tribute to Yvonne webpage.
Many years ago, Yvonne asked for her son, Robert, to promise to her that he would grieve her passing for no more than two days and to then go on with his life and live it to the fullest. Rest assured, just as he honored his mom while she was in her earthly home, so too will he honor her in her new Heavenly Home, and we’ll be actively resuming Sound Off Louisiana features in coming days as we know she would insist that be the case!
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