Mary R. Burns

August 1, 1942 - July 14, 2021

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Sunday, August 1, 2021
4:00 p.m.
Secor Funeral Home
202 W Maple Street
Willard , Ohio 44890

Mary R. Burns, age 78, of Willard, Ohio passed away Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at the Laurels of New London. She was born August 1, 1942 in Willard, Ohio to the late Marshall H. and Viola P. (Hoyles) Burns. She retired from Guardian in Willard where she was the union president for part of her employment. She was a volunteer fire fighter and rescue for Willard City of Blossoms from 1973 to 2006, and where she loved to work with the cadets. Mary, along with her dear friend Emma, dedicated their lives to giving to others and were a huge influence to the youth of the community.

She is survived by her brother, William M. Burns of New London, Ohio.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Marshall and Viola Burns and her life long partner, Emma Vanichek.

There will be a memorial service Sunday, August 1, 2021, on her birthday, at 4:00 PM at the Secor Funeral Home in Willard, Ohio with Rev. Jason Reel officiating. Burial will be at a later date at the Greenwood Cemetery in Willard, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to the Willard Fire Department. Online condolences may be made to the family at


Jim Blum - Jul 22, 2021
Mary was a good Labor Union advocate. It wouldn't matter if I was at the New Haven Post office or if she was eating at Plymouth St. Joe's, Mary would always ask about the Labor Union and Union workers in general. If there were more Union Labor minds like Mary Burns, the world would be a lot better place.
Larry and Marsha Predieri - Jul 20, 2021
Sorry to hear of Mary's passing, she was good friend, always ready to help if needed.
Carmen Castro - Jul 19, 2021
Bill - so sorry for your loss Mary was a wonderful person and friend! Prayers for you and the family!
Kathy and Timothy Kilgore - Jul 19, 2021
So sorry to hear of Mary's passing. She and Emma were always very dedicated to the Willard Fire Dept. Rest in peace dear Mary, you deserve it.
Sue Picklesimer - Jul 17, 2021
So sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. Worked at Pioneer when she did. Always liked her, she was a nice person and will be missed by many.
Buddy and Renee Workman - Jul 17, 2021
We worked with Mary for many years at Guardian, She was a one of a kind person she had a heart of gold but yet in Union Meetings become the company worst nightmare. I dont believe she ever met a stranger. Rest well Mary your service to the community didnt ever go unnoticed.
Tina Carr - Jul 17, 2021
Mary will be missed by so many. We always had a good chat when we went each other. Thanks to her and Emma so many kids learned to bowl. You are happy now since you are with Emma.
Cynthia Lewellen Branham - Jul 17, 2021
Bill, I am so sorry to hear of Mary's passing. What a dear person she was, always with a smile on her face. RIP Mary.
Larry & Barbara Blankenship - Jul 16, 2021
We are saddened to hear of Mary’s passing. She always stopped and talked when we run into each other. She snd Emma we’re sure a great team. She will be missed as is Emma RIP Mary. Fly high with those Angels. You’ve earned your crown
Mary, thank you for everything that you did for Aunt Emma! You were a forever friend of hers and most wonderful caregiver! Generosity is a sign of a great soul. You surely were one. I know that you are now in the LORD'S HOUSE! GOD BLESS YOU, MARY! You will be dearly missed!
Janet Dawson - Jul 16, 2021
Sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. A big Thank You to Lizz Smith for helping take care of her. Mary and Emma both will be greatly missed.
Debi Esch - Jul 16, 2021
Mary was a friend for many year. Her smiling face and positive attitude will be greatly missed. God rest your soul, Mary.
Jim Ratliff - Jul 16, 2021
Thank you so much for you hard work and dedication. I will always be greatfull for your friendship. Whenever I hear thunder I will know you and Emma are bowling a strike. May you Rest In Peace.
Bob and Denise Deppen - Jul 16, 2021
So sorry for your loss....
Dawne Hale - Jul 16, 2021
She was a light to this world, with a big giving heart, she will be truly missed.
Bonnie and Ray Ryman - Jul 16, 2021
I’m sorry to hear of Mary passing. She was a friend since High School. I will miss her. Rest In Peace Mary.
Larry & Yvonne Fowler - Jul 16, 2021
Mary was so community-minded. So sad to hear of her passing. Mary and Emma were good friends to all members of our family and so many families in Willard. Their legacy will go on for many years to come.
Barb Maerkisch - Jul 16, 2021
Mary, you were an amazing friend. You and Emma were always there. You and Emma are back together again. You will be missed.
Lorna Ackerman - Jul 16, 2021
RIP dear friend. I am sure you will be with Barb and all the other people you helped . And of course Emma. I will never forget the ER times and squad runs. I will never forget when I was a nurse at Shelby when your Grandma Lilly Hoyles died. And the night you were there at Dad's apartment. End of Watch Mary
Jean Rice Walker - Jul 16, 2021
So sorry to hear of Mary's passing. She was a good friend of our family and she will be missed.
Jim & Jackie Ratliff - Jul 16, 2021
We are so sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. She gave a lot of her time to the Willard Fire Dept. and Rescue Squad and was very dedicated. RIP Mary you will be missed.
Mick O’Brien - Jul 16, 2021
We are sorry to hear about Mary. She was very involved in giving back to her community. We will miss you Mary R.
Joe and Susi Ditz - Jul 15, 2021
We are so saddened to hear of Mary’s passing. She was a Vital member of Willard Fire and Rescue. We will miss you Burns, Mary R. You were such a great coworker on squad and when I was the ER nurse.
Newman & Darlene King - Jul 15, 2021
I am so saddened to hear this. She loved working with kids on the Fire Cadet Program along with sidekick Emma. I worked with Mary at the Fire & Rescue and was helpful to me when I go started. You will be missed Burns, Mary R. You are with your buddy now.