RUMFORD – Julia M. “Julie” Burns, 79, of Highland Terrace in Mexico, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the home of her sister, Lorraine Nadeau.

She was born in Rumford, on May 30, 1929, a daughter of Joseph J. and Margaret A. (Arsenault) Perry.

She was a graduate of St. John’s Parochial School and Stephens High School, Class of 1947.

She was a communicant of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church. She was president of the St. Theresa’s guild for many years, and she chaired the parish fair.

She worked for the Rev. Joe Lange for 12 years, and began the tradition of the kitchen crew helping bereaved families with a lunch after funerals at St. Theresa’s.

She was a past secretary of the Acadian Society and a member of the Eagles Auxiliary. She was an avid Red Sox and New England Patriots fan. She was a strong follower of the Mountain Valley athletics, especially football and basketball.

She loved spending time with her many friends, including the “Breakfast Club,” “the Saturday Morning Breakfast Club” and bingo and card friends.

Surviving are a son, Mark Burns and wife, Pauline, of Gray; a daughter, Marcia LaPierre and husband, Craig, of Gorham; three sisters, Rita Lizotte of Rumford, Lorraine Nadeau of Rumford and Sister Ida Perry of Marlborough, Mass.; a brother, Auburn Perry and wife, Laura, of Sun City, Fla.; six grandchildren, Nathan Burns of Portland, Megan LaPierre of Gorham, Corey Burns of New Gloucester, Courtney LaPierre of Gorham, Taylor LaPierre of Gorham and Spencer LaPierre of Gorham; and a very special niece, Martha Witherell and family of Peru.

She was predeceased by her parents; a sister, Catherine Glazier; and six brothers, William, John, Gerard, Philippe, Armand and Alphee Perry.

The family would like to offer a sincere thank-you to her special caregivers from Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice.

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