Anne “Chickie” (Murray) Burns

January 19th, 2012

Anne (Murray) Burns, fondly known as “Chickie” to her family and friends, age 82, of Tewksbury, formerly of Melrose and Malden, died peacefully on January 18, 2012, following a brave battle with cancer.
Chickie was born on January 9, 1930, in Malden, MA, she was the cherished daughter of the late Humphry and Helena (Keannelly) Murray. Chickie was raised and educated in Melrose in her younger years and moved to Malden where she lived for many years. Chickie resided in Tewksbury for the last fourteen years where she fit right in and made many friends.
Chickie was well known for her love of children, she was not only an awesome grandmother, but she was a day care provider for many years for other people’s children whom she loved dearly.
Chickie was an avid gardener and a great cook, she loved to cook for family holidays and enjoyed being with her children and especially with her grandchildren for every special event in their lives. Chickie loved her family unconditionally and was very proud of all of their accomplishments.
Chickie will be fondly remembered for her love of life, her spunk, and for always being a “fighter” even when her health was declining. Chickie was an avid New England Patriots fan and enjoyed watching the games with her grandchildren and their friends. Chickie had an endearing personality and she always knew how to make others feel welcomed in her home. She was truly a great lady and she will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
Chickie was the beloved mother of William F. Burns, Jr. and Brigette Guiffre & her husband John all of Tewksbury, Helena “Honey” Fitzgerald & her husband John of Wilmington, and Paul Burns of Malden, loving grandmother “Ma” of Johnny Fitzgerald, Shannon Fitzgerald and her fiancé Andy Berian, Brittany Burns, Tara Guiffre, Jaymie Guiffre, and Kayla Guiffre, dear sister of Holden Murray of Melrose, and the late Helena Pike, Ralph, Norman, and Eugene Murray. Chickie is also survived by her beloved miniature greyhound Chickie B, as well as many nieces and nephews. Chickie was also former wife and dear friend of the late William F. Burns, Sr.
Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Sunday, January 22nd at 12:00 noon in the Nichols Funeral Home Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Visiting hours Saturday, January 21st from 2-6 p.m. Memorial donations in Anne’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

18 Entries in Guest Book for “Anne “Chickie” (Murray) Burns”

  1. Carol Preston says:

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

  2. Joe & Rachel Goulding says:

    Our sincerest condolences to your family.

  3. Rob Hodgson says:

    So sorry Bill. I lost my Mom last May. In time the sadness fades and your memories will bring a smile to your face rather than tears. If there is anything I can do for you, you know where to find me.

  4. judy and steve sullivan says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, remember the good
    times with Ma and that will ease the pain, and know her suffering is over and she is now at peace.

  5. paul burns says:

    mom you r my everything i love you so much im gonna miss you chickie b and fluff love and miss you RIP MOM

  6. Marissa Lewis says:

    To Fitzy, Shannon, Honey, John and family,

    I am so sorry to hear of Chickie’s passing. In the years that I spent time with your family, she was always a ray of sunshine who made everyone around her feel important. I know how much she loved you all and in turn how much you loved her. Please accept my condolences during this difficult time. My thoughts are with you all.

    Rest in peace, Chickie.


  7. Paul Murray says:

    You will be greatly missed and for ever in our hearts aunt chickie ,we will love you forever,RIP

  8. Enge Murray says:

    I’m so so very sorry for your loss. I know Chickie was the nucleus of your family; and was truly cherished by all of you. I want to let you know Chickie and the family has been in my thoughts and prayers throughout this ordeal. God Bless you all at this most difficult time.

    Love, Enge

  9. Carol Whittemore says:

    Chickie was a wonderful woman, she welcomed me into the family and always made me feel like one of the gang, thank you for the open arms and kind words. Love and prayers to all, Carol.

  10. Sandie says:

    Chicken Licken, you will forever be in my heart, I will never forget our conversations, and all the good times we had together. You never judged and would give any one your last cent. You are the most loving person I had the pleasure of knowing, I raise my glass of brandy to you forever!!

  11. honey fitzgerald says:

    mom my mother my best friend my sidekick on many trips to n.h. or just around town i feel so lost and scared but i know you will be with me every step i take you are the best mother forever and always in my heart

  12. Lorraine Carli says:

    Bill, Honey, Brigette and Paul — I was so sorry to hear of the death of your mother. I have very fond memories of Chickie — her spirit and spunk, her great disposition and her constant smile. I’m sure you all share countless memories of what a special person she was.

    Thinking of you. Love, Lorraine

  13. Judi Barratt and Tiny Winningham says:

    Dear Billy, Honey, Brigette, and Paul,

    We just heard and are so sorry to hear of Mom’s passing. Your Mom and Dad were a special part of our family’s lives — especially at the pool! It is such a blessing that both our families have happy memories of those we’ve had to say good-bye to. As I write, I am home sick and unable to attend the wake; without me, Tiny cannot get there either. Know we hold you in our thoughts and prayers during this time.

    Judi Barratt (McLean)
    and “Tiny”

  14. kayla says:

    I love you and miss you, you will always be remebered ma <3 xoxoxo

  15. kayla says:

    youll always be my hero <3

  16. briette says:

    To my loving mom i will miss you but i know you will always in in my heart. You are the greatist mom ever… I love you and miss you so much……. RIP Ma…… love ya

  17. Shannon Fitzgerald says:

    Ma, I love you and miss you. I know you will be watching over us. Andy and Josie love you. <3

  18. Donna pike says:

    Dear Aunt Chickie, you always had the right words, the right actions to any situation. Although we were so very far apart the last 40 years, it was as if you were always right there beside us! You my dear Aunt Chickie are now with the rest of our angels! WE love you so very much! Our hearts go out to your family. I know their pain! Much love to all From Donna and Bob in Indiana

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