Elizabeth O. Burns, age 86, lifelong resident of Waterford, passed away Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at Edinboro Manor where she resided over 5 years. Born August 9, 1930 in Waterford, she was a daughter of the late Wallace and Rosemund Walden Owen.
Burns, Elizabeth

Mrs. Burns was born and raised in Waterford, graduated from Waterford schools and earned her math and science bachelor’s degree, and later a master’s degree, from Edinboro State Teachers College. For many years she taught math, science, and computer at Fort LeBoeuf School High School, retiring in 1992.

Elizabeth and her husband, Theodore K. Burns, enjoyed gardening, and what started out as a hobby, turned into Burns’ Greenhouse, a successful business they operated for many years.

Mrs. Burns was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Waterford and was very active with the Waterford Historical Society. She served as president when Waterford Heritage Days was started, and she was very involved with the restoration of the Eagle Hotel.

Elizabeth enjoyed traveling with her husband, usually in their RV, and together they were able to visit all 50 states, Mexico, Canada, and Europe.

In addition to her husband, Ted, whom she married in 1954, Elizabeth is survived by her children– Roberta “Bobbie” Burns-Brown and her husband Keith of Edinboro, Charles Burns and his wife Alice of Cambridge Springs, and Heather Petrick and her husband Joe of Waterford; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and two brothers, Howard “Butch” Owen and wife Lois, and Victor Owen and wife Beverly. Another brother, Jack Owen, preceded her in death.

Friends may call at Van Matre Funeral Home in Waterford on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be officiated by Rev. Emily Zeig-Lindsey on Friday morning at 11:00 a.m. with burial following at Waterford Cemetery.