Clara Burtch

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October 23, 1917 - August 16, 2014
Clara Priscilla Burtch, 96, of Boise, passed away on Saturday, August 16, 2014, at her home of natural causes. A graveside committal service will be held at 11 a.m., on Friday, August 22, at Dry Creek Cemetery. Following the graveside, a short Going Home Celebration will be held at 12 Noon, at First Baptist Church, Boise. Arrangements are under the direction of Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel.
Clara was born in Fruitland, ID, on October 23, 1917, to Rev. Ford and Besse Jones Burtch. She attended grade school in Montana and graduated from Dawson County High School. She enrolled and attended one year at Northwestern Bible School before transferring to Northwest Nazarene College for two years. Clara earned both her Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Education from the College of Idaho. She began teaching elementary school in Notus, ID, before moving to Boise. In Boise, she taught at Whitney, Central, and Campus Schools. Clara was later hired by the Boise School District as the Supervisor of Boise Schools, where she served in that capacity for ten years. Boise State then hired Clara to train future teachers. She retired in 1978, after working at Boise State for nine years.
Clara was a member of First Baptist Church, beginning in 1954 and for the rest of her life. She was active in Music Ministry and Christian Education. She taught Sunday School almost all of her life, beginning at age 11. She retired from Sunday School, teaching the wonderful Sojourners Class after many years because of poor health. Clara was also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma.
Clara was preceded in death by her parents; her two sisters, Margaret (Molly), and Muriel Small (Mrs. Milton); and her four brothers, John, Steven, Robert and Rolland (Pat) Burtch.
She is survived by her nieces, Barbara Walker (Dr. Donald), Mary Spidell, Betty Cook (Larry), Susan Heisey (Gary), Sharon Donica (Art), and Beth Jensen; also her nephews, Douglas Small, Lynn Burtch, Neil Burtch (Susie), Robert Burtch (Carolyn), Gary Burtch (Chelle), Paul Burtch (Lori), Stephen Burtch (Joy), and Douglas Burtch (Teri); and many great nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made in Clara's name to the Idaho Food Bank.

Funeral Home
Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel
5400 Fairview Avenue Boise, ID 83706
(208) 376-5400
Funeral Home Details
Published in Idaho Statesman on Aug. 20, 2014
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