Mary maxine burns
July 21, 1926 – December 6, 2021
Sacramento, Calif .– Mary Maxine Burns, 95, of Sacramento died on December 6. She passed away peacefully in the loving presence of her children, Patrick and Jolene. Maxine married the love of her life, Joseph Burns, on December 17, 1955 at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Sacramento. Joe passed away on September 3, 2021. She is survived by children Thomas (Jami), Patrick (Rita Burr) and Jolene (Vernon Hughes) and grandchildren Pat (Katie), Beth, Katie, Jeremy (predeceased in the death), Tyler, Sean (fiancée Amelia) and Jason. Joe and Maxine lived a life of faith, service and accomplishment and passed these traits on to their children and grandchildren.
Maxine was born July 21, 1926 to Thomas Buhler & Mary (Kearney) Buhler in Rowlett, Texas. She attended Garland High School, then graduated from St. Paul’s School of Nursing, Dallas, Texas, in 1947, and received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Science from Incarnate Word College ( IWC) in San Antonio, Texas, in 1952. She served in the Cadet Nurse Corps during World War II and had a wonderful career as a nurse and nurse educator from 1947 to 1957. She was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa, American Chemical Society, Alpha Sigma Kappa, and Who’s Who. in American colleges and universities. Maxine was Nursery Supervisor at St. Paul’s Hospital, Dallas, Texas in 1947; a nurse at the Santa Rosa Hospital, San Antonio, Texas, while attending the IWC in 1948-52; pediatric instructor at St. Paul’s in 1952; then instructor in pediatric nursing at the Sacramento Junior College School of Nursing in 1953-1957. She has also held a number of volunteer roles including President of the Student Council (IWC) and Secretary of the Texas Academy of Sciences, volunteer nursing procedures teacher at Holy Family Hospital, East Pakistan in 1963 -1966; and member of the Incarnate Word College Alumni Advisory Board 1974-1976. She has organized numerous IWC alumni gatherings over the years. Maxine has been active and held various leadership positions with the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Society of Civil Engineers. She was a Cub den mother and Girl Scout leader for many years. Her sons and 4 grandsons are Eagle Scouts and her daughter graduated first class.
Maxine has spent years traveling the world and was always excited to make the next trip. The Irish Breakfast Club group, after the 7:30 am church service, was something she and Joe looked forward to every week.
Maxine was very good at arts and crafts and was constantly busy with projects and teaching in oil painting. She has made hundreds of beautiful oil paintings, many with her good friend Margaret, upholstered lots of furniture, sewn clothes, and created fantastic greeting cards for friends and family over decades of vacation. Her custom-made mini-boxes of chocolates were always a welcome treat, handed out with love and her wonderful smile. Maxine’s love for craftsmanship will be continued through her daughter, Jolene.
We look forward to her life and have been truly blessed beyond measure to have been able to spend so much time with her. She led her life by the example of her deep and unwavering faith. We will cherish the life of memories that she gave us all.
Services will be held January 8, 2021 at 10:00 am at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, 3235 Arden Way, Sacramento, CA 95825. A burial service will be held at 2:00 pm at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 7101 Verner Avenue, Citrus Heights, CA 95621. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the University of the Incarnate Word, in memory of Mr. Maxine Buhler Burns at 4301 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas 78209.
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