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She graduated from Dexter High School, class of 1959, and received her bachelor's degree in education from the University of Maine, Orono, in 1963. She attended graduate school in the 1980s and received her master's degree in education counseling from the University of Southern Maine, where she graduated summa cum laude. During her 30-plus years in education, Ila taught at several schools, including New Sharon, Sullivan, Poland and Mechanic Falls, with the majority of her tenure at Minot Consolidated School. She finished her career as a guidance counselor at Tripp Middle School. In her retirement, she continued her mission of lifelong learning by attending, and teaching, at Senior College, Auburn. She was a proud and active member of Poland Community Church, UCC for 40 years. She was a member of Eastern Star, Daughters of the American Revolution, Poland Busy Bees, and many support groups and clubs. Ila believed in giving of herself to others in a variety of ways, including volunteering for numerous church and civic groups, local nursing homes and donating to charitable organizations. Most recently she was a volunteer at Androscoggin Hospice House.
She is survived by her son, Greg Burns and wife, Therese, of Windham; her two daughters, Laurie Flynn and husband, Damon, of Raymond and Heather Bingelis and husband, Mark, of Sabattus; six grandchildren, Joe, Jenna, Logan, Jordan, Djaylan and Eli; three great-grandchildren, Amuwes, Muwin and Mallory; her best friend, Linda Laskey; and many other treasured friends. She was predeceased by a granddaughter, Mallory Burns; and her two brothers, Blaine and Dale and their wives, Edie and Millie.
There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Poland Community Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ila's memory to Androscoggin Hospice House, 15 Strawberry Ave., Lewiston, ME 04240. A service of The Fortin Group Funeral Home, Cremation & Monument Services, 70 Horton St., Lewiston. You are invited to offer condolences and pay tribute to Ila's life by visiting her guest book at www.thefortingrouplewiston.com.
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