Vanessa Jean Burns

Age: 59
Born: October 18, 1957
Died: March 29, 2017

Obituary

Vanessa Jean Burns was born in Cincinnati, Ohio to Alfred H. and Emma Jean Burns. Both parents and her brother, Gerald Williams, preceded her in death. Vanessa was raised in the Valley Homes and on Wabash Ave. in Lincoln Heights, Ohio. She was baptized and confirmed as a member of St. Simon of Cyrene Episcopal Church. She attended elementary school at St. Simon’s Parochial School and St. Christina’s. Vanessa graduated from Princeton High School in 1975. She enlisted in the United States Army, served 4 years, and was honorably discharged in 1980.

Vanessa worked at Goodwill Industries until she was hired at the post office as a letter carrier. She retired from the U.S. Postal Services as a result of her health. Vanessa was a cancer survivor.

Her passion in life was loving her nieces, nephews, younger cousins, and children of her friends. Hosting and entertaining family and friends was another one of Vanessa’s greatest joys. Birthday parties, baby showers, graduation parties, holiday cookouts, or as Vanessa would say, “Just come on over or stop by” were reasons to celebrate at 52 Riddle Road.  Her specialties at these events were macaroni and cheese and ribs. Everyone and anyone who knew her know that she was very, very generous. In addition to her generosity, Vanessa was gifted with remarkable wit. Her humor and playful teasing was unmatched. She kept us “rolling with laughter.” 

Vanessa leaves to cherish her memory her sisters LaVerne Mitchell and Elizabeth Ann Dansby; nieces Ayanna Counts (Derrick), Jamila Abdullah (Sultan); nephews Nyshuma Mitchell and Dwayne Whitterson; great nieces Saliyah, Kalise, and Safiyah; great nephews Jahmir and William; her godchild Shawnita Thomas; a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins, especially her cousins Debbie, Michelle, and Kimberly; her special friends Calvin and Dale, and her best girlfriends Tina, Mae Frances, Pearlie, Jodi, and Patty.

Visitation

Location: St. Simon Episcopal Church
Date: Monday, April 10, 2017
Time: 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Additional Info: 810 Matthews Dr. Cincinnati, Ohio 45215

Memorial Service

Location: St. Simon Episcopal Church
Date: Monday, April 10, 2017
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Additional Info: 810 Matthews Dr. Cincinnati ,Ohio 45215

Interment

Location: Oak Hill
Date: Monday, April 10, 2017
Time: 12:30
Additional Info: 11200 Princeton Pike, Cincinnati, Ohio

Vanessa Jean Burns

Age: 59
Born: October 18, 1957
Died: March 29, 2017
  • Marilyn & Rance Duke
    Relationship: family friends

    Forged by faith through generations at St. Simons Church, the surviving family of Ruth & James Payne extend our prayers and love to the entire Reynolds family on the passing of Vanessa Jean Burns. We extend tributes to her strength and beauty in life. Marilyn and Rance Duke et. al.

Vanessa Jean Burns

Vanessa Jean Burns

Age: 59
Born: October 18, 1957
Died: March 29, 2017