Ms. Jessie Mae Burns Ms. Jessie Mae Burns

E. Stefan Morris

Obituary for Ms. Jessie Mae Burns Ms. Jessie Mae Burns

November 22, 1955
to
March 12, 2020

My mom Jessie Mae Burns was born on
November 22, 1955 to Elma Steen Murray and Jessie Burns Sr.
in Jackson Mississippi. She was the oldest of 6 (Sulestine,
Elizabeth, Cornelius, Marvin and Jackie) and took her role and
the “older sibling” very seriously. She and her family moved to
Illinois in the 1960’s. During this time she met a young lady by
the name of Michelle Mittie Hatter and they two would strike up a
five decades long friendship.
Having been educated in both the Mississippi and
Illinois public school systems, she had to leave high school as a
result of family obligations. Although she never completed a
traditional schooling, an education was one of the most
important things to her and she instilled this in both of her
daughters. Unbeknownst to some, she was an avid music
listener, a civil war and western history buff and old Hollywood
movie fan. She was an immaculate cook, babysitter and love to
crochet.
Shortly after conquering her first battle with cancer in
2018, Jessie encouraged her daughter to join Girls Inc. in
support of helping young girls thrive in the areas of STEMA
programs. Having had an unfortunate accident that rendered
her burned as a child, she never lost sight of who she was and
instilled a sense of confidence in not only her children but other
young girls in the community.
She gained the trust and admiration of those around her
and will truly be missed. She leaves behind to mourn her in
death two daughters (Sultania Burns and Angela Smith), a son-
in-law; Antonio Smith, Sr, two grandchildren, one bonus grand-
daughter, six great-grandchildren, and her Beloved Mother Elma
Steen plus a host of nieces and nephews. Along with Siblings,
Sulestine, Elizabeth, Marvin & Corneleus Burns and Jackie
Davidson. Also step-brothers and sisters Wanda Williams,
Tony, Joyce, Mark & Michael Garrett. Sadly, Roger Garrett
proceeded her in Death. Although short lived, hers was a life
filled with hope, adventure and love. She will truly be missed
those that loved and respected her.

Visitation Details

Date and Time:

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 10:00 AM

Location:

Elite Funeral Chapel

11525 Blue Ridge Blvd. Kansas City, Missouri 64134

Service Details

Date and Time:

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at
12:00 PM

Location:

Elite Funeral Chapel

11525 Blue Ridge Blvd. Kansas City, Missouri 64134

Interment Details

Interment Type: Cremation

Professional Services Entrusted to Elite Funeral Chapel 11525 Blue Ridge Blvd. Kansas City, MO. 64134. Tel: (816) 765-0141 Fax (816) 765-5500