Olive Eloise Burns, 79, of Topeka, passed away Friday, July 16, 2021.
She was born November 2, 1941, in Atchison, Kansas, the daughter of Irwin and Erma (Scott) Dempsey. She was a 1959 graduate of the Academy of Mount St. Scholastica in Atchison. She received her Bachelor’s in Education from Mount St. Scholastica College in Atchison in 1963. She received her Master’s in Education from Emporia State University in 1970.
Mrs. Burns was employed by Ft. Leavenworth Public Schools, Atchison Catholic Schools, USD 409 School District and Benedictine College where she received the Outstanding Educator of the Year in 1991. She retired in 1998.
She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Atchison.
Olive loved to ballroom dance and do puzzles, but the highlight of her life was taking care of Grant and attending all of his activities.
Olive married Paul Michael “Mike” Burns on July 24, 1971 in Atchison. He survives. Other survivors include her daughter, Amy Burns of Lawrence; her grandson, Grant Brooke; her brother, Eric (Toni) Dempsey of Blue Springs, MO; a niece and two nephews.
Honoring her request, cremation is planned. A memorial ceremony will be held 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 23, 2021 at the Dove Cremations and Funerals, Southwest Chapel, 3700 SW Wanamaker Rd., Topeka, KS. The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mount St. Scholastica Convent, 801 S. 8th Street, Atchison, KS 66002.
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