Adelaide Louise (Hildebrand) Burns


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Lawrence - Adelaide Louise (Hildebrand) Burns, 96, of Lawrence, passed away peacefully at High Pointe Hospice House in Haverhill on Sunday, August 18, 2019.
The daughter of the late Alfred and Evelyn (Colby) Hildebrand, she was born on April 30, 1923, in Lawrence and raised on Greendale Street in Methuen. She was educated in the Methuen schools and graduated Tenney High School.
Adelaide devoted her life to making a loving home to all who needed one. She began caring for children at the age of fifteen when her mother passed away and she raised her younger brothers. She and her husband had seven children, adopted six and provided a foster home to scores more. Later in life she enjoyed cataloging her family's history through thousands of photographs, some dating back over a century.
Adelaide was predeceased by her husband of 67 years, Earl F. Burns, who passed away in 2011. Also predeceasing her were her daughters Dorothy Burns and Kory Betz and her brother Alfred Hildebrandt and his wife Mary. She is survived by her brother Charles W. Hildebrand and his wife Ann of Gloucester; and her children, Edward Burns of San Francisco, Calif., Richard Burns and his wife Susan of Haverhill, Robert Burns of Lawrence, Andrew Burns and his wife Karen of Haverhill, David Burns and his wife Marsha of Ridgefield, Wash., Kathy Burns of Fitchburg, Debbie Burns of Lawrence, Daniel Burns of Haverhill, Kreg Burns and his wife Jill of Hampton, N.H., James Burns and his wife Tina of Lawrence, and Christyne Munoz of Nashua, N.H. She will be remembered by her 24 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; her nieces and nephews; and an abundance of extended family and friends.
Calling hours will take place on Saturday, August 24, 2019, from 9 to 10 a.m., at the Dewhirst & Boles Funeral Home, 80 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844. A funeral service will be held, following calling hours, at 10 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery, Methuen. To leave an online condolence, please visit
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Published on August 21, 2019
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Richard Solomon
Aug 23, 2019
My sympathy to all of you at the loss of this incredible lady!!! Many fond memories from my youth at Christ Presbyterian Church. God’s peace to you all.
Yvette Shevlin
Aug 22, 2019
Remember meeting you numerous times at Rachel’s. You were a dear lady and I’m sure have gained a special spot in heaven.
Mary Traynor
Aug 22, 2019
Sending sympathies to all the Burns family. mrs Burns was a wonderful neighbor always smiling and had a minute to chat.

The Traynor’s formerly of Ferry St
Steven Aziz
Aug 21, 2019
Very sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful woman. Very sad day.
John Dushame
Aug 21, 2019
Mrs. Burns was a wonderful and caring woman, who opened her house and heart to many children. I had the privilege of growing up as a friend of some of her younger children. She was a warm soul, who made my childhood on Prospect Hill very memorable. May she rest in enteral peace.

John Dushame and Family
Aug 21, 2019
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The Emmert Family
Aug 21, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this sad time. She was a remarkable woman and always had a smile on her face. She will always be remembered for her caring and generosity as well as your Dad. Our church was richer for having known them and all of you.
Barbara J. Smith
Aug 21, 2019
She was such a sweet lady. She will be missed by many.
My girls and I have known her and her family for 20 years. We couldn't have had better neighbors.
Rest in sweet peace, Mrs. Burns