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Birch, Barbara
Our beloved Mother Mrs. Barbara June Beazley Birch passed at her home on November 21, 2015. "Mom" was born in Cherokee, Iowa in 1917 to Opal and Everett Beazley. She grew up in Iowa and married Milo P. Birch, now deceased, on November 28, 1937. She and Milo moved to the Family Farm (the "home place") just outside of Cleghorn, Iowa after they were married. She gave birth to sons; Larry Birch, John Birch and daughters; Gloria Faye Birch and Jean Griffith. In 1956, the family farm was sold and the entire family moved to Phoenix, AZ. "Mom" was employed by Motorola and retired after 22 years of dedicated employment. In her retirement, daughter Jean Griffith came to live with and would later become her sole caregiver. Siblings will be forever grateful to Jean's devotion and loving care. "Mom" is also survived by sisters Elaine Mahoney of Cherokee, Iowa and Joann Bell of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 5 grandsons, 1 granddaughter, 5 great grandsons and 5 great granddaughters. "Mom" was a very loving, kind, generous, & forgiving woman. She lived by her convictions that there was good in everyone. Her favorite comment when asked if she was ok, was, "it's just old age." She had positive thoughts about anyone in her life. Her example of living life with a generous spirit lives in us all. She lives her life full of grace. A Memorial Service will be held in January 2016. Please check with family on date and time.

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Published in The Arizona Republic on Dec. 2, 2015
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