CAMDEN — Armajean N. (Belcher) Burns, 83, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022, at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport, after a brief illness.

She was born in Washington, Maine, on March 12, 1939, to Viola and James Belcher.

On May 12, 1956, Armajean married the love of her life, Reginald L. Burns Sr. Together, they raised their family in Union. Educated in local schools, she worked as a certified nursing assistant in various nursing homes in Knox County and a switchboard operator at Pen Bay Medical Center.

Armajean loved nothing more than her family, often sharing stories of her five children, seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren to anyone who would listen. Her family benefited greatly from her knitting and crocheting talents, keeping warm in the winter months with mittens, hats, sweaters and afghans. Family often filled her quaint home for weekend dinners, playing cards on the porch, or helping can homegrown vegetables.

Friends were equally as important to Armajean, especially later in life. She cherished her time with Doug and Cindy Hall, enjoying chats over coffee and trips to Goodwill. Armajean enjoyed lunch dates with Virginia Flood, Mary Burns and Josie Austin.

A lifelong member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Armajean also volunteered at the local food bank and various community organizations. In her free time, she devoured books at an astonishing rate and completed all the word-search books she could get her hands on.

Armajean was predeceased by her beloved husband, Reginald, in 2005; her brothers Ted, George and Robert; and her sister Ann. She is survived by her five children, Reginald Burns Jr. and his wife Kristi of Washington, Lennie Burns and his wife Laura of Union, George Burns and his wife Jenness of Hartland, Vt., Darlene Hammond and her husband Dana of Somerville and Marion Burns of Union. She leaves behind her cherished grandchildren, Courtney Burns of Newton, Mass., Jared Burns and his wife Jennifer of Washington, Erik Hammond of Somerville, Alexandra Ruby and her husband Christopher of Hope, Max Niles and his wife Chriztel of Fort Hood, Texas and Hayden Chase of Hartland, Vt.; and seven great-grandchildren, Gavin, Arabelle, Sawyer, Willow, Taylor, Gabrielle and Izabella. She is survived by her siblings James Belcher, Frank Belcher, Jerome Belcher, Norman Belcher, Eva Pitcher and Mona Cooley, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Friends and family are invited to visit from 1-2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022, at Burpee, Carpenter and Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland, with a funeral service beginning at 2 p.m. A private interment will be held at a later date at Lake View Cemetery in Union.

To share a memory or condolence with the Burns family, please visit their Book of Memories at bchfh.com.