Shirley Howe Burns

May 23, 1939 ~ February 11, 2024 (age 84) 84 Years Old


Shirley Oechsner Howe Burns, 84, passed away Sunday February 11th, 2024.

Shirley was born in New Orleans to Robert Howe and Ethel Oechsner Howe on May 23rd, 1939. She lived her entire life in New Orleans.

Shirley was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church. Along with being a dedicated wife and mother, Shirley also worked as a legal secretary. When she was in her 50’s, Shirley decided to go back to school and complete her undergraduate degree in Advertising from Tulane University. At that point, Shirley returned to work as a librarian, first working at the Jefferson Parish Main library, and then finishing her career at the Tulane Architecture Library.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, and her sister, Valerie Howe, and her brother, Stanley Howe. Shirley is survived by her husband, Charles Carey Burns, Sr, her son, Charles Carey Burns, Jr, both of New Orleans; her daughter, Karen Burns Purvis, son-in-law, Lindsay Lee Purvis, and grandson, Barrett Stanford Purvis, all of Austin, TX; her sister, Gloria Howe Kroll, of Oklahoma City, OK; and many other loving cousins and relatives. A grave side service will be held in March at Hope Mausoleum.

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