Dorothy Burns, known to her family and friends as “Dot” was born on October 26, 1946 to the late James and Mary Burns Sr., in Sylvania, GA.
Mary and James moved to Boston, MA in 1950 and their children joined them in August 1951 when Dot was four years old. She was educated in the Boston Public Schools system and graduated from the Jeremiah E. Burke High School in Dorchester. After graduation Dot acquired secretarial skills at the Boston Business School of Education and entered the workforce.
Dorothy decided to further her education and earned a Martin Luther King Jr. scholarship to attend Northeastern University. Dot majored in Social Work and received her Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker (LBSW) degree. Throughout her career Dot worked for several employers, including the Harriett Tubman House, University Hospital, The Home for Little Wanderers, St. Helena’s House, and Kit Clark Senior Services. Most of her career was spent helping senior citizens in the City of Boston obtain much needed services, however Dot was always willing to share her knowledge and resources with her family.
On April 24, 1987 Dot gave birth to her daughter Jennifer Amanda Burns in Boston, MA. Knowing the value of education, she became a tireless advocate to ensure that Jenn received the education she needed to be successful.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents James and Mary Burns Sr., brother Willie Burns, sister Andrea “Nee” Burns, and nephew Micol L. Burns.
Dot is survived by her loving daughter Jennifer Burns, her siblings Lorietta Burke, James Burns Sr. (Alice), Kimberly Burns, Richard Burns, and Laurence Burns (Tanneke) and a host of extended family and friends.
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