Elisabeth T. (Simonds) Burns, 88, died peacefully on Sept. 10, at St. Elizabeth Home. She was the wife of the late Rev. Alfred W. Burns, former rector of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in East Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Born in New Haven, Conn., she was the daughter of the late Bruce T. and Rosalind B. Simonds, and sister of the late Roger T. Simonds. Her parents were concert pianists; her father was dean of the Yale School of Music from 1941 to 1954. Mrs. Burns earned a BA degree in history from Vassar College in 1944, and later, a master's degree in library science from U.R.I. She worked as a reference librarian at the former Roger Williams College in Bristol from 1971 to 1989. Her favorite interests were traveling, playing golf, reading, and doing puzzles.
She is survived by two daughters, Rosalind B. Waterman (Harry) of East Greenwich, and Alison B. Katz (Steven) of Seneca, SC; a son, Christopher D. Burns, of Quincy, Mass.; and a grandson, Jason M. Katz of Raleigh, N.C. Her Requiem Eucharist will be held on Oct. 12 at 11 a.m. in St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Burial will take place in New Hampshire next summer.
Donations in her memory may be made to St. Luke's Church or to St. Elizabeth Home, One St. Elizabeth Way, East Greenwich, RI, 02818.