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Meet your neighbor: Lily Jeanette Burris

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Editor’s note: Mrs. Burris was born March 10, 1919. At 98, she is one of the oldest residents of East End. She taught Sunday School for more than 50 years at East Union Missionary Baptist Church. During those years, she also taught the Senior High Boys Vacation Bible School class for almost 20 years. She taught piano lessons for more than 40 years to community children and family members. Most of her grandchildren can play the piano, and several of them can play more than one instrument because of the lessons she taught.

Family: Married for 69 years to Ralph Edward Burris before his passing in July 2007. Three children: Ronnie Burris, Arnette Dicus Howard, and Lynn Burris Forbush. She has eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and one great-great granddaughter.

Hobbies: Sewing, reading, studying God’s Word, hummingbird watching (she has an enormous number of hummingbirds that visit her from late April until early September), playing piano, and working the daily word scramble in the newspaper every morning.

Dream vacation: I would enjoy a trip to the Holy Land, if I was able to travel.

Best advice someone has given you: Make it a mission every day to learn or discover something new.

Biggest pet peeve: When things are out of place.

Most folks don’t know: That I designed and made most of my own clothing from the age of 12 until I was over the age of 50. I also designed and made many dresses and play outfits for my granddaughters and great granddaughters.

What I like most about East End: The community feeling – I have lived in East End for most of my life. My parents bought the property where I reside in 1931 and built our home in 1935. I lived there until 1939 when I married and we returned to this home in 1950 to raise our family. I know many people. Although my closest friends have gone to Heaven, I still am able to see their families from time to time and that brings me great joy.

One word that sums me up: Faithful.