Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa Thursday, September 29, l904
MARY A. STEVENS was born in l8l9 in Aurora County, New York. When eight years old her parents removed to Melrose, Seneca County, Ohio, at which place she was married to MR. J.D. BURNS, Nov. l3, l836. Four children were born, the eldest dying in infancy. The others are living; MRS. F.A. KNAPP, of Caney, Kas., MRS. E.A. KELLOGG, in Lebanon, Mo., and MR. J.D. BURNS, in Garden Grove, Iowa.
When 20 years old MRS. BURNS united with the Presbyterian Church at Bloomville, Ohio. In l846 she moved to Eton County, Mich., with her husband and family and thence to Iowa in l854, settling in Garden Grove in April l855, which place was their final earthly home, MR. BURNS having died Oct. 2l, l90l.
The Presbyterian Church in Garden Grove was organized l856; MRS. BURNS was one of the charter members and was the last survivor of that little band. She was always a loyal, staunch and exceedingly valuable member, indeed for these forty years all the members of the church have regarded her as one whose worth was inestimable.
MRS. BURNS was a woman of strong character. She had great energy and decision and force of will, and at the same time was distinguished by such amiability and sweetness that all who knew her loved her. Apparently she never had an enemy. Some of her friends assert, 'no one ever spoke ill of her.' Her husband and children and grandchildren, and great grandchildren, all her kindred, all her fellow church members, her pastors, her neighbors and acquaintances all loved her and were devoted to her. She was one who at all times was desirous for and sought "first the kingdom of God and His righteousness." And without doubt she has now "entered the joy of her Lord."