Stella Merle Waugh Burns, 83, of Bacova, Virginia died Friday, December 23, 2016 at her home.

She was born October 30, 1933 in Minnehaha Springs, West Virginia, the daughter of the late Lonnie Waugh and Matilda Brown Rucker Waugh.

Stella was a lifelong homemaker and a loving mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her children, Bobby Burns of Bacova, Patty Clark and husband Steve of Covington, Wayne Burns and companion Julie Meadows of West Warm Springs;  grandchildren, Michael Brett Clark and fiancé Stephanie Pritt of Hot Springs, Stephen DeWitt Clark and wife Brittani of Lexington, Cameron Wayne Burns of West Warm Springs;

great grandchildren, Brinsley Clark of Lexington, Cheyenne Pritt of Hot Springs; sister, Annie Jenkins of Low Moor; special friend Melissa Burns, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Stella was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Darrell Burns, who preceded her on October 11, 1981, an infant daughter and 10 brothers and sisters.

A graveside service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, December 29, 2016 at Burnsville Cemetery with Pastor David George officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Burnsville Cemetery Fund.


  1. Rest in peace Merle Burns. You were a fantastic neighbor who kept a “keen” eye on all the happenings in Bacova. You were our closest and longest neighbor of 48 years. When work took me away from home and I knew you were the best to keep an eye on our place. My kids, Ernie, and I loved you and your whole family. Know that we uplift all in prayer and will have nothing but good memories to share.

  2. I just read the obit in the Recorder and want all of you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Both your mom and dad were good neighbors to us in Bacova. I hope that you are all well and strong for each other. May God continue to shower his blessings on your family.
    Sue Campbell


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