Liz Burns: Master Woman of Reinvention Turns 80

Frances Elizabeth ‘Tillie’ Burns turns 80 today and what a celebration it is!

I found this greeting card and loved the sentiment, so fitting for the woman who has created a life that continues to evolve:

When you look back over 80 years, I hope that your memories are warm ones.
When you celebrate today, I hope that your heart is filled with love and joy.
When you look forward to the future, I hope that all your dreams and wishes come true.

Hope is not a strategy though, this lady makes it happen. I asked each of my siblings to tell their favorite memory and each commented on different aspects that tell the story of Liz Burns’ life and why she is the mother of reinvention!

Lysa – The search for college and choosing Marymount University, an all girls school. Mom graduated from Immaculate College with an amazing group of friends and recently celebrated 62 years of bonding!

Liz didn’t stop there!  She went back to school to become a registered dietitian in 1993 and continues to give great advice on nutrition. she loves ‘gluten-free’ just ask her about it!

Robbie – the ongoing support from little league to a collegiate basketball career. Mom was a basketball coach for CYO basketball for years and the biggest fan for all 5 of us.

Liz didn’t stop there, she still keeps stats for grandkid’s games and follows March Madness. Sometimes it might be a little swayed in favor of her blood relatives but that’s OK!

Megan – traveling throughout the world including Turkey, Spain and the epic trip to Moscow.

Liz didn’t stop there, traveling to Germany in 2018!

Maureen – a sewing and cooking master, every person in our family and those that join are given a special Christmas stocking, ‘Made By Elizabeth’.

Liz didn’t stop there, she even sold the stockings at a mall kiosk and ran a catering business!

Alison – going with Mom to her tennis matches (locked in a babysitting room) followed by lunch at Strawbridge’s in Exton where they served the best chocolate pudding.

Liz didn’t stop there, she had a tennis racket tattooed on her shoulder for her 75th, she just got a knife and fork on the other. What will the 100th birthday tattoo be?Might I suggest a picture of Bob Burns on her arm?!

Without you, I don’t know what I would do. But with you I know there is nothing I can’t do!

Happy birthday, Mom!


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