Ima Rose Harper Burns



Ima Rose Harper Burns died Friday morning, February 22, 2019, at her home in Joaquin, Texas.

Burial will take place Sunday, February 24, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at Harper’s Chapel, Sabinetown, Texas.


Per her request, or one should say demand, no formal service will be held but family will be in attendance.

She was born in Sabinetown, in 1931, on the Louisiana side of the Sabine River, to Sallie Speight Harper and Robert Henry Harper.

She had a home place down in those Louisiana deep woods near Negreet, Louisiana, that she dearly loved and spent as much time as she possibly could over there. She enjoyed being outside and working around her camp home while she was still able to do that, visiting with friends and family, and just being her own person.

Preceded in death by her husband, Leonard L. Burns of Joaquin; mother and father; 2 brothers and 2 sisters.

Survived by children, Lynn Burns and wife Kathy of Joaquin, Neal Burns and wife Janet of McAlester, Oklahoma, Janie Burns Newman and husband Jerry of Joaquin, Jackie Burns Simoneaux of Negreet, Louisiana; grandchildren, Jessica Burns Gatlin, Christina Burns Watson, Lance Burns, Logan Burns, Jennifer Burns Cooper, Jason Newman, Jared Newman, Kyle Dempsey, Dylan Martin; brother, John Henry Harper and wife Lorene of Porter; several great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; lots of folks who loved her.

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