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Helen C. Burch

Helen C. Burch

January 26, 1931 - August 15, 2020     Age: 89

Helen Carol Allen Burch, 89, affectionately known as “Ma Burch” passed away at her home on Owens Farm Road in Yulee, Florida on August 15, 2020.

Ma Burch was born on January 26, 1931 in Fernandina Beach, FL, where she was raised and graduated in 1948 from Fernandina Beach High School with honors.  Ma was the first teenager to complete the Girls In Action WMU program at First Baptist Church Fernandina Beach. On January 16, 1950, she married John L. Burch Sr. from Folkston, GA.  They have two sons, John Layton Burch, Jr. and Robert “Bubba” Burch, and they lived in Fernandina Beach until moving to Yulee in 1962. 

She was employed by Terminal Bag for 13 years.  In 1969, she was hired by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services as the first woman inspector, where she worked for 27 years until retiring in 1996. 

Ma Burch was an iconic, memorable individual.  She lived a productive, full life as a proud mother, unconditional wife and loving grandmother to anyone who knew her.  She enjoyed fishing, hunting, crocheting, cooking, rooting for the Gators, growing gardens, canning vegetables, tending the farm animals, visiting the North GA mountains, gem mining, collecting artifacts, watching westerns and Fox News, following Nascar, donating to many various charities, telling stories, shopping at Belk on Senior Tuesdays, reading novels, and doing daily bible devotions. Ma was a Breast Cancer Survivor of 32 years.

She was survived by son Bubba Burch and wife Teresa, Grandson Rusty Burch and wife Jacque, Granddaughters Abigail Burch, Amy Kight and husband Shawn, Jennifer Pikula and husband Kyle, Jaclyn Brown and Jordan Brown.  Great grandchildren: Landon and Emerson Kight; Dax, Layla, Monroe Burch; Jayleigh and Ryver Burch, Cameron, Vance, and Nash Shiver; Asher Bryant, Colby Pikula and Hailey Miner; sister Kathleen Allen Jennings; granddaughter-in-love Keelin McKeon; her best friend, Pat Claxton; and multiple nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents Hazel and Augustus Allen, her husband of 54 years John L. Burch, Sr., her son John L. Burch, Jr., her sister Linda Allen Waller, and her brothers Robert “Bobby” Allen and Vernon Allen.

Pallbearers included: Rusty Burch, Shawn Kight, Landon Kight, Bob McKeon, Kyle Pikula, and Jerry Cooner.  Honorary pallbearers included:  David Fachko, Lemuel Cooner, Huey Cooner, Marvin Cooner, Tim Buffkin, and Clifford Evans.

Viewing and Celebration of Life service will be held Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Laytn’s Land-N Barn on Owens Farm Road, Yulee, FL.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Nassau County Council on Aging at www.nassaucountycouncilonaging.com

 

5 Condolences

  • Eddie Padgett Posted August 17, 2020 5:22 pm

    On behalf of All of The Aglaw Retirees we offer our deepest Condolences to the Burch Family for your loss and Have many fond Memories of Ms. Helen Burch as Co-worker and Friend! Peace be with you all. 🙂 🙏

  • Tim Rutherford Posted August 17, 2020 10:06 pm

    Ms. Helen was a true gem. I enjoyed seeing her at the Aglaw Christmas parties that she loved to attend. She was one of the first female officers and later a supervisor to serve with Aglaw. Her success paved the way for more females to serve within Aglaw. We appreciate her service to the department and she will be missed by many. Prayers for her family.

  • Pam Stalvey Posted August 20, 2020 9:32 am

    Bubba and Teresa we are so sorry to read that Ms. Helen passed over. She lived a full life and was loved dearly, and what a true blessing that is. Although Heaven is her gain I know that its a huge loss to you to lose your mother. Guy, Ryan and I are praying for strength and comfort as you face the days of learning to live without her there. We love y’all……

  • Tim McKee Posted August 20, 2020 2:32 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Cousin Helen was a great and strong lady. I remember my mother, aunts and uncles always smiled when they mentioned her.
    I pray you know God’s comfort and peace.

  • Joe & Chris Doherty Posted August 21, 2020 8:42 pm

    She was a wonderful woman. I had the privilege of working with Sgt Helen Burch of Florida Department of Agriculture and Cosumer Services for several years.. My wife Christine and I enjoyed her company and many stories she told at the monthly retired Ag Officer luncheons. We loved her and will miss her very much.

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