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Mary Helen Boyd Burch, 89

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TULLAHOMA – Private graveside services were held in Coffee County Tuesday, June 9 for Mrs. Burch, 89, of Lebanon. The widow of the late Billy P. Burch, to whom she was married for 66 years, Mrs. Burch died June 6, 2009 at home with her family in Lebanon.

Born in Tullahoma she was the daughter of the late James F. and Anne H Boyd.

Helen Burch went to Tennessee College for Women, where she excelled in academics, played on the sport teams and was a class officer; she later transferred to Middle Tennessee State College where she again excelled in academics and met her future husband, she received her undergraduate degree from MTSC with a teaching degree and taught school in the various cities she lived.

Once they settled in Lebanon the Burch family became involved the First United Methodist Church, the Lebanon County Club, Castle Heights Alumni Assoc, Cumberland University activities, big band dances over the Nashville area and Cracker Barrel Restaurant Corp. activities.

Mrs. Burch was a Christian woman and attended First United Methodist Church until she was unable to, then watched tapes of the services at home on Monday mornings. She did her Bible and prayer readings on a regular basis and always kept her family and friends in her prayers.

Survivors include: sons Richard L Burch of Hendersonville, William F. Burch (Jerry) of Birmingham, AL and James B. Burch (Therese) Leesburg, VA.

Also surviving are grandchildren Charles L Burch (Jennifer) of Atlanta, GA; W. Bradley Burch (Jody) of Richmond, VA; Ryan F Burch of Birmingham, AL; Jessica Burch of Leesburg, VA and Leigh Scott (Sean) Purcellville, VA along with seven great grandchildren and dear family friends Harold and Rose Pickel.

The Burch family would like to thank caregivers Edna Crawford, Jimmie Sue Johnson, Melony Cason, Mary Denson, Dawn Jordan and Julianna Reedy for the love and care they gave Helen and Billy Burch over the past five years.

Also grateful appreciation to the staff of Odyssey Health Care for their care and understanding.

In lieu of flowers the family would prefer a gift to First United Methodist Church of Lebanon.

Arrangements were handled by Sellers Funeral Home, Lebanon.

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