Rena Annie Eastham

#41, b. 8 August 1916, d. 28 April 2004
     Rena Annie Eastham was born on 8 August 1916 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.1 She was the daughter of Charles Stanley Eastham and Florence Bell.1 She married Ira Owen Mjelde.1 She married John Alexander Burness, son of John Masson Burness and Henrietta Deas, on 24 September 1956 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.2 She died on 28 April 2004 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, at age 87.1
     Obituary: BURNESS Rena Annie 1916 - 2004 Rena was born in Vancouver, B.C. on August 8, 1916 and passed away in her home on April 28, 2004. Her parents were Charles Stanley and Florence Eastham. She is survived by her sister Doris Galbraith, her brother-in-law, G.H. Curly Galbraith, and their children, Sharon of Seattle, Stan of Edmonton, Roger of Calgary and Brian of Barrie, Ont. She attended St. Mary's High School in Calgary and upon graduation went to Minneapolis to train as a Laboratory Technician. She pursued this career in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where she met and married Ira Mjelde. Upon his death she returned to Calgary. She worked several years for Canadian Superior Oil Ltd. in Calgary. In 1956 she married John Burness, proprietor of Burness Hardware. Upon his retirement they moved to Vancouver where they spent seventeen happy years. They returned to Calgary in 1994 to be near their family. John passed away on December 25, 2001. Rena has been a life-long member of First Baptist Church and was a devout Christian. Her greatest pleasure was in assisting and caring for others. A Memorial Service will be held at First Baptist Church, 13 Avenue and 4 Street West at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 17. In lieu of flowers it is suggested that donations be made to Operation Eyesight Universal, 4 Parkdale Crescent N.W., Calgary, T2N 3T8.1


  1. Calgary Herald, Calgary, Alberta.
  2. Personal knowledge of Gordon Lennox Burness.

John Burness1

#50, b. September 1831, d. 11 September 1924
     John Burness was born in September 1831 in Mulloch, Banchory-Ternan, Kincardineshire, Scotland.1,2 He was the son of Alexander Burness and Margaret Masson.1,3,2 He was baptized on 16 September 1831 in Banchory-Ternan, Kincardineshire, Scotland.1 He married Christian Gordon, daughter of John Gordon and Janet Marshall, on 20 June 1863 in Port Elphinstone, Kintore, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.3,2 He died on 11 September 1924 in Crossroads, Grange, Banffshire, Scotland.2 He was buried in Banchory, Kincardineshire, Scotland.4

Children of John Burness and Christian Gordon


  1. OPR Banchory-Ternan.
  2. Death Registration, General Register Office for Scotland.
  3. Marriage Registration, General Register Office for Scotland.
  4. Gravestone, Banchory-Ternan Cemetery, Banchory-Ternan, Kincardineshire, Scotland.
  5. Birth Registration, General Register Office for Scotland.
  6. 1871 Scottish Census, Kincardineshire.
  7. 1881 Scottish Census, Kincardineshire.
  8. 31 Chambers Street, New York City, New York, USA New York City Municipal Archives Marriage Registrstion.
  9. Death Certificate, New Jersey State Archives.
  10. Death Registration, Saskatchewan Health Department, Vital Statistics Office.
  11. 1891 Scottish Census, Moray.