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Ellen S. Burns

February 28, 1924 ~ September 14, 2017 (age 93)

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Ellen S. Burns, a warm and tender soul, was welcomed to her eternal home, with her lord and savior on Thursday, September 14, 2017. She passed at East Liverpool City Hospital following a brief illness.

93 years old, Ellen was born in East Liverpool on February 28, 1924, to the late George and Laura Evans McGraw.

She spent her life in this area. Most of her years were spent as a loving homemaker, but earlier she worked at the former Harker China in Chester. Ellen was a devoted member of the Chester First Church of the Nazarene where she was active in many facets of the church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth “Bud” Burns; her son, Kenneth Burns Jr.; her siblings, Bill McGraw, Delores Lilly, Wilma Wells, Veretta Riffett, Florence Allison, and Elizabeth Welsh; and her son-in-law, Ray Swearingen.

Left to cherish her memories is her daughter, Saundra Swearingen of Chester; her sister, Barbara Smith of Lisbon; her sister-in-law, Dorothy Cornell of Chester; her very special grandchildren, John (Johnna) Bickerstaff, Melisa (Eric) Kell, Brandy (Chris) Waide, Tiffany ( Brian) Hissam and Amanda Swearingen; her great grandchildren Dylan & Casey, Sydney & Steven, Ashleigh & Jarrod, Nathan & Alexis, Bailey & Tracer, Jaedyn, Jered, and Colt; two great great grandchild, Riley and Vinny; and one soon to arrive great great grandchild Bebout.

Ellen’s pastor, Steve Cummings will celebrate her life at the Arner Funeral Chapel in Chester on Monday, September 18 at 11:00 a.m. She will be laid to rest at the Locust Hill Cemetery. Friends are welcome to visit with the family at the funeral home on Sunday from 4-8 p.m.

 Service Information

September 17, 2017

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Arner Funeral Chapel
607 Carolina Ave
Chester, WV 26034

Celebration of Life
September 18, 2017

11:00 AM
Arner Funeral Chapel
607 Carolina Ave
Chester, WV 26034

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