Rosetta Burns

June 14, 1933 ~ June 2, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old


Rosetta Burns, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, passed away at home in Alna, surrounded by her family on the afternoon of June 2, 2023.  

Born in Hampton Falls, Rockingham, NH on June 14, 1933, she was the daughter of Linwood and Rosetta (Kennison) Bailey.  The family lived in New Hampshire until moving to Alna, ME.  Rosetta then attended the Bridge Academy in Dresden.

On April 4, 1954, she married Sidney C. Burns, Jr,. and together they raised five children.

Rosetta was known for making homemade butter every week, and picking and selling fiddleheads.  She worked in the blueberry fields, washed dishes at the Cheechako Restaurant, worked at the Lincoln County News and the Head Start Program. She also took in ironing and babysat for many years.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her son, Sidney C. Burns, III; her husband, Sidney Burns, Jr.; brothers, Benjamin, Linwood, Winthrop and Charles; and sisters, Marjorie, Ernestine and Marguerite.

She is survived by her sister, Virginia Wright; children, Rosemary “Rose” and Milton, Evelyn and Larry, Teresa and Merton, and Stanley and Shanon; as well as eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and three  great-great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, June 8th at the Alna Cemetery in Alna. There will be a gathering at The Newcastle-Alna Baptist Church in Alna immediately following the service.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main Street, Damariscotta, ME 04543.  Condolences, and messages for her family, may be expressed by visiting:



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Graveside Service
June 8, 2023

11:00 AM
Alna Cemetery
Route 218
Alna, ME 04535


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