Lena Zelma "Steve" (Stephens) Burch
Mrs. Lena Zelma "Steve" (Stephens) Burch, age 90, of Newark, Ohio passed away on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at the Selma Markowitz Care Center (operated by Hospice of Central Ohio).
She was born February 2, 1922 in Garza County, Texas to the late Wesley and Darris (Bowen) Stephens.
Mrs. Burch was a 1939 graduate of Post High School where she was a member of the flag corps and played on the basketball team.
She received nurses training at Lubbock General Hospital, graduating in 1942.
She was a nurse with the United States Army Air Corps, stationed in Lubbock, Texas from 1943-45.
On June 10, 1944, she married Robert G. Burch, whom she met when he was a pilot in the Army Air Corps.
Mrs. Burch had also been employed as a nurse with the former Newark Hospital.
A dedicated member of Christ United Methodist Church for over 60 years, Mrs. Burch was active in the Women's Society and the Sarah Circle and taught Vacation Bible School for many years. She was instrumental in starting Friendship Hour, a tutoring program for neighborhood children that the church provided. She also volunteered for the Community Dinners at the Look Up Center.
She and her husband belonged to the Deux Cum Class at church for 61 years and volunteered for the food pantry, winning an award for their volunteerism.
She was a volunteer nurse for the American Red Cross and also volunteered with Meals on Wheels.
She was a member of the Bloomin' Buckeyes, a square dance group that brought her many hours of enjoyment.
She is survived by three children, Katrinka (Terry) Treneff, Jan (Larry) Campbell and Robert S. (Jennifer) Burch, all of Newark, Ohio; grandchildren, sister, Joyce Richardson of Lubbock, Texas; brother, Bowen (Sheila) Stephens of Plains, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Gleason Burch, on December 20, 2008; and by two sisters, Lucille Windham and Sue Lovinggood; and a brother, Wesley Stephens, Jr.
A funeral service for Lena Zelma "Steve" (Stephens) Burch, age 90, of Newark, Ohio will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at Christ United Methodist Church, 10 North Cedar Street, Newark, OH. Burial will take place in Maple Grove Cemetery, Alexandria, Ohio where military honors will be observed by the Licking County Veterans Alliance.
Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, May 21, at the Newark Chapel of Henderson-Van Atta-Stickle Funeral & Cremation Service, 59 North Fifth Street, Newark, Ohio and from 12:30-1:00 p.m. prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.
Memorial contributions may be made to Christ United Methodist Church, Hospice of Central Ohio, PO Box 430, Newark, OH 43058 or Meals on Wheels, c/o Licking County Aging Program, 745 East Main Street, Newark, OH 43055.
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