Bethel Virginia Burns, age 87 of Temple, passed away on Thursday, December 28, 2023, in Temple, Texas. She was born on December 18, 1936, in Elmo, Texas to the late Fred Henderson and Minnie (Clemmons) Harris. She was an exceptional woman who touched the hearts of everyone she met with her warmth and kindness.
Beth's life was marked by her dedication to her family and the joy she found in simple pleasures. One of Beth's treasured daily rituals was going to the pool each morning. Another highlight of her week was gathering with friends every Friday afternoon at Golden Corral for dinner. Those precious moments spent in laughter and friendship will be cherished by all who had the privilege to join her. In her leisure time, Beth enjoyed watching her favorite "soaps" and old movies. Playing cards and engaging in lively games of 42 with friends brought out her competitive spirit and created lasting memories. Beth loved to send birthday cards to family and friends as well as singing “Happy Birthday” to celebrants on the phone. Beth's faith played a central role in guiding her through life's ups and downs. A lifelong Baptist, she cherished attending church services and found comfort in listening to sermons on television. Her unwavering belief provided strength during difficult times and inspired those around her. On March 22, 1957, Beth married the love of her life, Ray Jackson Burns. Their union was a testament to love, commitment, and shared dreams.
Beth is preceded by her parents; loving husband, Ray; brother, Travis Franklin Harris; sister, Vera Francis Calvin; son, Bruce Edward Burns; and daughter-in-law, Jacque Burns.
Beth leaves behind a world forever changed by her presence. She always gave wonderful hugs to family and friends, and she will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. Her memory will live on through the countless lives she touched with her genuine kindness and unwavering love. Survivors include daughter, Sandra Elene Hendrix and husband, Andrew; brother, Raymond Edward Neely Harris; granddaughter, Amber Nicole Hendrix; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, the Salvation Army, or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Randy and Sharon Holtzclaw, Carol Webb, and Sandi Pascoe.
A time of visitation will take place at Harper-Talasek Funeral Home in Temple, on Monday, January 8, 2024, at 12 noon, with a funeral service to follow at 1 pm. Beth will be laid to rest at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, at 3 pm.