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1928 Harriet 2021

Harriet Burns

June 1, 1928 — June 19, 2021

Des Moines

Harriet J Burns, formerly of Steamboat Rock, passed away peacefully June 19th, 2021 at Valley View Village in Des Moines. She was born June 1, 1928 to Sara and Harry Maas in Wellsburg Iowa, the youngest of eight.

Together Harriet and husband John owned and ran Burns Grocery in Steamboat Rock from 1964 to 1981. Harriet continued to run the store for 10 years after John’s death.  In 1991 she decided to pack her bags and headed to Yellowstone National Park where she worked for twenty summers.  She officially retired in 2011.

Harriet is survived by three daughters, Sara (Dan) Havens, Rosie (George) Starr, Mykle (Mark) Fallis, Six Grandchildren, Fifteen Great Grandchildren and eight Great-Great Grandchildren. Harriet was preceded in death by her parents, siblings and husband, John.

A Family Graveside Service will be August 7th, 2021 at 11:00. Family and Friends may stop by and extend condolences and share memories from 1 to 3 pm at the Boat Club in Steamboat Rock. Memorial contributions in Harriet’s honor may be made to the Steamboat Rock Historical Society or the Steamboat Rock Library.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Harriet Burns, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

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Gathering of Family and Friends

Saturday, August 7, 2021

1:00 - 3:00 pm (Central time)

Boat Club, Steamboat Rock

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