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Harriette McKinstry Burns

Obituary for Harriette McKinstry Burns

September 8, 1928 - November 22, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 90


Harriette McKinstry Burns
September 8, 1928 ~ November 22, 2018

Early in the morning on November 22, 2018, Harriette McKinstry Burns died and met her husband Larry Burns, a retired American Airlines captain and the love of her life, in heaven. They were married 57 years.

At her bedside earlier in the evening were her three children and one granddaughter. Harriette leaves her children James McKinstry (Mack) Burns (wife, Vivian), Paige Burns Matthiessen (husband, Jack), and Laurel Burns Stuckey; her grandchildren Ana Burns Houg (husband, Trent), Ryan Christopher Burns (wife, Emily), David Denton Hull Willis (wife, Lauren), Sydney Stuckey Hamlett (husband, Logan), Laurel O'Neal (Nealy) Stuckey, James (Jamie) Burns Willis, William Ellis Burns, and Charles Bryan Stuckey III (deceased); and great-grandchildren Alexa, Aydan, Adysen, Wren, and Owen. She is also survived by her brother-in-law Harold Hugh Burns of Covington, LA.

Harriette was born September 8, 1928 in San Antonio, TX. She was the daughter of James McKinstry and Harriette Richardson McKinstry and granddaughter of Asher Richardson and Mary Isabel Votaw of Asherton, TX.

She attended the University of Texas, Austin, TX and the University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK where she was a member of Kappa Delta sorority. As an alumna of Kappa Delta, Harriette was instrumental in bringing the sorority back to the campus of the University of Texas. She graduated with numerous honors and earned a master's degree from Long Beach State, Long Beach, CA.

Harriette was a member of numerous clubs and organizations in which she held various officer positions. The Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT), Military-Civilian Club, Assistance League, Gardenia Club, Opera Guild, and San Antonio Conservation Club are several of them.

She was passionate about remembering family heritage and passing the history along to her children. She also enjoyed reading and travel and will be remembered for her intelligence, beauty, elegance, and grace. Harriette will be missed deeply. A graveside interment ceremony at Mission Burial Park was conducted privately for the immediate family by the Rev. Scott Kitayama, Associate Rector, Christ Episcopal Church.

A reception in remembrance of Harriette will be held for friends and distant family at Club Giraud later in December.
Donations in Harriette's name may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association and/ or the Military-Civilian Club.

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San Antonio, TX 78212
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