Carol Ann Burns, a longtime resident of Ponte Vedra Beach, age 75, passed away on July 18, 2022, surrounded by her loving friends and family in Jacksonville. She was born on May 22, 1947, to John and Eleanor Morgiewicz in Port Jervis, N.Y. She is survived by one child, Rebecca (Travis), as well as three stepchildren, Diana Derivan (Steve), Donna Charlton (William) and Greg Burns (Lisa), seven step-grandchildren and three step-great grandchildren, whom she adored. She is also survived by her two siblings, sister Ann Dilger (Richard), brother John Morgiewicz (Debbie), and her beloved nieces, nephews, great niece and nephew. She was predeceased by Ronald J. Burns, her husband of over 30 years, as well as her parents, brother Frank Morgiewicz and godson Jerry Dilger.
Carol grew up in Sparrow Bush, N.Y., and after graduating high school in 1964, attended the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising in New York City. She was a professional buyer at such notable stores as B. Altman and Co., Stern’s and Bloomingdale’s. She also worked in advertising sales at New York magazine. While living in the city, Carol would frequently travel to Boston, where she met her husband. In 1985, they moved to Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., where Carol became a licensed realtor. She joined Berry & Co. Real Estate as part of the Ponte Vedra Carlyle sales team. When that project sold out, she stayed on to help buyers and sellers with real estate in Northeast Florida. After Rebecca was born, Carol took a break from real estate to pursue her passion for design and co-founded the retail home décor and gift shop Mineral City in 1997 with Laura Howson, who still owns and operates the store today.
Carol was a devout Catholic, proud to have served as an active member of her previous church, Our Lady Star of The Sea, and most recently Holy Family Catholic Church. The lives she impacted will continue to influence those in her community for generations to come. A funeral Mass was held at Holy Family Catholic Church, 9800 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, at 1:00 pm on Saturday, July 23, followed by the family’s reception of friends. Funeral arrangements by Naugle Funeral Home, 1203 Hendricks Avenue, Jacksonville, Fla., 32207, (904) 396-1611.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her memory to the Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation at netrf.org/get-involved/give-now/ or to Catholic Charities, 134 E Church St., Jacksonville.