Mildred L. Burns
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Salem, NH, Kingston, NH - Mildred "Millie" L. (Maranto) Burns, 88, formerly of Salem, NH passed away Monday, February 10, 2020 at Exeter Hospital, Exeter, NH after a long battle with Multiple Myeloma.
Millie was born on March 15, 1931 in Lawrence. She grew up in Lawrence, attending local schools and graduating from Lawrence High School in 1948. She went on to receive her RN nursing degree from Lawrence General Hospital School of Nursing in 1951.
In June 1953, she married Robert D. Burns and together they made their first home in South Lawrence, later moving to Salem, NH in1966. Millie worked at Lawrence General Hospital for over 25 years in various capacities and departments including intensive care, emergency and pediatrics. She later worked as a school nurse at Salem High School and in long term care facilities throughout the Greater Lawrence area as Director of Nursing. Millie was a nurse for 52 years until her retirement in 2003.
Millie loved being a nurse and caregiver and prided herself in her long and rewarding career. She loved to sing and had a beautiful voice. She enjoyed reading, doing word search, and watching game shows, her favorites being Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and Cash Cab. Millie also enjoyed yearly trips to Aruba with her aunts and cousin. She loved fashion, shopping and getting dressed up, especially for Saturday night "dates" with Bob. But her greatest love was spending time with her family especially her four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Millie was predeceased by her husband, Robert Burns in 1984, her parents Samuel and Mildred (Eichhorn) Maranto and her brother, Richard Maranto. She will be greatly missed by her son, Randall of Richmond, NH, her daughter, Laurie Norton and her husband Michael of Kingston, NH. Grandchildren Tavis Burns of Washington, DC, Julian Burns of Exeter, NH, Ian Norton and Emma Norton of Kingston, NH, great-grandchildren Samuel and Lucy Burns of Exeter, NH. She is also survived by sister-in-law Elsie Maranto, aunt, Eunice Veit, two nephews, one niece and many cousins.
The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to Dr.Panos Fidias MD, Dorothy Doran NP and the entire staff of the Center for Cancer Care at Exeter Hospital for their wonderful care and support throughout Millie's illness.
Memorial donations may be made to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 70 Walnut St Suite 301 Wellesley, MA 02481 or or to Beyond the Rainbow Fund at Exeter Hospital's Center for Cancer Care by visiting Exeter Hospital website and choosing the Beyond the Rainbow Fund:
Family and friends are invited to calling hours on Saturday February 15, 2020 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Goundrey & Dewhirst Funeral Home, 42 Main St., Salem, NH. Funeral services will follow the calling hours at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem, NH. To leave an online condolence, please visit Mildred's tribute page at
Published on February 13, 2020


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Joanne McDonald Reeves
Feb 19, 2020
On behalf of the McDonald/Reeves and Oliveri families, our deepest sympathy to Randy, Laurie, Eunice and David and all Millie's loved ones. She was such a beautiful lady and we have so many fond memories of her in Butler's Field and on the beach at Province Lake. We will never forget her lovely laugh, her sweet smile and how kind she was to everyone. She had a great sense of humor and always made you feel so good. Hugs and love to you all. xoxo
Feb 16, 2020
I remember cousin Millie as a kind, lovely person.... God bless your family... Gloria Borrelli's daughter Virginia
Deeptha Sastry, Trish, and Tammy
Feb 15, 2020
Simply Elegant Spathiphyllum was purchased for the family of Mildred L. Burns by Deeptha Sastry, Trish, and Tammy.  Send flowers
Claire Lacerte
Feb 14, 2020
Millie was a great person and Director of Nurses at Broadway Healthcare. She was fun to work with and had a great sense of humor. God's blessings to Millie.
Kim Smith Brown
Feb 14, 2020
Please accept my condolences. I have fond memories of spending time with Laurie on Saturday nights when Millie and Bob would go on their "date night". She was a very special lady!
Joyce Gosselin
Feb 14, 2020
She was a mentor to me when I first started working as an LPN at MI in the seventies great lady! Sorry for your loss!
Deborah Dumais
Feb 13, 2020
My first job as a nurse and Millie was my DON. She was the best and I learned a lot! I later on in live had her as a patient! She still acted like a mom to me and said pace yourself don’t work to hard! You will be missed god bless you Laurie
Joyce Freund
Feb 13, 2020
An excellent nurse and an amazing person. One of the best
Rest In Peace Milie
Debbie Naylor
Feb 13, 2020
Heartfelt condolences to your family. I remember your Mom with wonderful memories at camp and our little nitch at Province Lake. She was a terrific lady.