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AUTHOR OF `COLD SASSY TREE’ DIES OF CANCER

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Olive Ann Burns, whose battle with lymphoma prompted her to write the 1984 novel "Cold Sassy Tree," has died at age 65.

Burns had been ill with lymphoma since 1975, and was hospitalized for several weeks before her death July 4 at Piedmont Hospital.The name of a mythical town, "Cold Sassy Tree" is about small-town life in north Georgia in 1906. It became a Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection in 1984, and was made into a cable television movie in 1989.

Burns had worked for Atlanta Weekly, a former Sunday magazine of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She later worked as a free-lance writer and advice columnist for The Atlanta Constitution.

She is survived by a son, John A. Sparks of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a daughter, Becky Sparks of Atlanta; a brother, William H. Burns of Atlanta; and two sisters, Margaret Turn of Bushkill, Pa., and Jean LeGrand of Conyers.