Sybil Irene Burns, of Hammond, Louisiana, passed away on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at North Oaks Medical Center at the age of 77. She was born on December 18, 1941, in Hammond, Louisiana, the daughter of the late Robert Burns and the late Ethel Hyde Burns. Sybil was a dedicated teacher for over 48 years at East St. John High School in Reserve. She was also a long-time member of the teachers’ group, Monthly M & E in LaPlace.

Sybil is survived by her nieces, Gaynell Barnett (Ronnie), Robin Messer (Randy), Nancy Daniels (Ray), and Amy Brumfield (Alvon); great nieces and nephews, Christine Brose, Sean Barnett (Jill), Earl Barnett (Leslie), Bobby and Elijah Barnett, Brandon Golson (Hanna) and Wesley Golson (Lauren), Megan Gautreaux (Britt), Ryan Messer, Josh Shaffer, Ashley Sanders, Zachary Shaffer, Alvon II, Anderson, and Avery Brumfield; great-great nieces and nephews, Dakota, Justin and Savannah Brose, Gabbie, Avery and Sophie Barnett, Tristan Barnett, Kaiden and Aubrey Barnett, Brynna and Jace Golson, Logan and Kali, Wyatt Golson, Kristen and Jamie Sharp, Harmony Montgomery, and Clay Barrilleaux; special cousin, Albert "Butch" Hyde (Jackie); and godson, Kevin Powell.

In addition to her parents, Sybil was preceded in death by her sister, Gail Dawson, niece, Greta Golson, and great nephew, Terrance Messer.

Family and friends will be received at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home, 2000 N. Morrison Blvd. Hammond, Louisiana 70401, on Sunday, February 10, 2019 from 12:00 pm until the funeral service begins 2:00 pm.

Interment will follow at Holly Gardens Cemetery in Hammond, Louisiana.

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