Margaret Burns: Mother, Wife, Sister, Artist

When you speak with Margaret Burns, you can easily hear her charming West Virginia twang that comes from spending 25 years of her life there.

Margaret’s journey through a life of many changes began when she was a child and her parents got divorced. After Margaret’s father left her and her brother at their grandparent’s house one day, the two were raised by their grandmother from that point on. Although the separation hurt Margaret, her grandmother was a very loving, caring woman who took excellent care of the two kids, and she is grateful for her still today.

A Budding Artist

As a young girl, Margaret belonged to the Glee club and enjoyed singing as well as fine art. She had a real knack for painting and did that as a hobby for a great deal of her life. Margaret’s hobby turned into a pastime for her and her late husband who would often build or craft things for Margaret to paint.

Although Margaret is no longer able to paint , she still has a few examples of her art displayed in her room here at The Inn at Belden Village that are beautiful to look at. 

Working Hard to Provide

Margaret and her husband were married for 75 years before he passed away a few years back. The happy couple had two children together, Lynne and John, as well as several grandchildren who Margaret gets to see often. When Margaret’s kids were young, she started working for Pioneer Foods and stayed there for 10 years before she took a bookkeeping job at Brookside Country Club.

Working as a bookkeeper gave Margaret a lot of financial and accounting skills that ultimately launched she and her husband into doing taxes for AARP. Although she retired from Brookside, Margaret and her husband continued to work as accountants in their older years. While the work of an accountant may seem tedious to those who don’t do them often, Margaret found entertainment in working diligently with numbers. 

Strength In Faith

Margaret has no doubt had an extremely full life, but it hasn’t come without hardships. From the tragedy of being left at her grandmother’s house when she was young, to the heartbreak of watching her husband pass on from Alzheimer’s Disease shortly after moving into The Inn at Belden Village, Margaret continues to rely on her faith in God to get through. Faith is very important to Margaret, and she continues to attend her own church each Sunday.

It has truly been a pleasure to have Margaret living with us for the past couple years, and we look forward to those ahead. Thanks for warming the halls with your sweet smile, Margaret!

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