NEWPORT NEWS - Virginia Marian Pearson Burcher, widow of George E. Burcher, Jr., died December 30, 2012. Born in Newport News on May 6, 1920, she was a daughter of the late Samuel Gordon Pearson and Annie Laura Trout Pearson. Her grandparents were J. Edmund Trout and Fannie Hudson Trout of Amherst, and J. E. Pearson and Ann S. Ashworth Pearson of Lunenburg. Marian graduated from Newport News High School in 1938 and from the former Newport News Business College. She worked for Noland Company, the City School System, and Murray and Padgett, Inc., from which she retired after 32 years. She was a member of North Riverside Baptist Church where she served as a teacher, was a member of Phillips Bible class, and was a grader for the Jail Ministries. She was a member of the Business Women's Circle, a member of the Woman's Club of Hilton Village, and Newport News Pioneers Club. Making dolls for Operation Smile was one of her favorite charity activities. She had been a resident of the Chesapeake Retirement Community since January 2002. She was smart, clever, fun, creative, artistic, friendly, and a great cook. There was always room for more at her table. She is survived by three daughters, Virginia Marian Rehr and husband, David, of Pinopolis, SC, Avon Burcher Pryor and husband, Michael, of Winston-Salem, NC, and Beverly Lynn Burcher and husband, Russell Snipes, of Hillsborough, NC. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Susan Rogers Street (Michael) of Waldangelloch, Germany, Mark K. Rogers (Tracey) of Pawleys Island, SC, Lauralyn Pryor of Santa Fe, NM, and Adrianne Pryor (Terra) of Charlotte, NC; five great-grandchildren, Marian Street, Julia Street, Samuel Street, all of Germany, Graham Rogers of Pawleys Island, SC, and William Barnhill-Pryor of Charlotte, NC; and two sisters, Edmund P. Whitlock and Barbara P. Jobe, both of Newport News. Other family members surviving are John and Claire Hubbard and their family who have been a great support to her over the years; her niece Donna Pearson Chapman, who was also like a daughter to her; and a number of other very dear nieces and nephews, including Jackie Stewart, Joanne Mainwaring, Seymour Rowland, David Hubbard, Ed and Tim Whitlock, Robin, Jack and Nelson Stortz, and Dana Rayford. She was preceded in death by a brother, Gordon T. Pearson; and two sisters, Estelle Pearson and Hope P. Presson. A graveside service was held for the family on January 2, 2013 at Greenlawn Memorial Park. A memorial service will be celebrated for family and friends on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 2 PM at The Chesapeake Retirement Community, 955 Harpersville Road, Newport News. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the Virginia Baptist Benevolent Fund (Chesapeake), P.O. Box 18430, Richmond, VA 23286-3194, or the Peninsula Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 377, Newport News, VA 23607. Arrangements by W. J. Smith & Son Funeral Home.
Published in Daily Press on Jan. 3, 2013.