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Josephine Marshall Burch


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Josephine Marshall Burch Obituary
July 19, 1922 - February 15, 2017 Josephine Marshall Burch, a lifetime resident of Los Angeles, passed away on Wednesday February 15, 2017, at the age of 94 after a short illness. Born in 1922, Mrs. Burch was the oldest child of Crystal Albright Marshall and Rufus Marshall. She attended Dayton Heights Elementary and Virgil Junior High School, and graduated from Belmont High School, where she met her future husband. She received a BS in Education and teaching credential from UCLA in 1944. Mrs. Burch was then one of a handful of African American teachers who began integrating the Los Angeles Unified School District. She began counseling in 1955 and received an MS in Counseling from USC in 1963. Mrs. Burch served as a Head Counselor and established and ran the Model Demonstration College Advisement Center, which became a valuable resource to help inner city students in grades 3-12 gain access to higher education. Mrs. Burch and her husband, the late Bernard N. Burch, raised their three children, Cheryl, Clinton (dec'd), and Karen (Kiwi), on property originally homesteaded by her grandparents in 1892. She is survived by her sister, Barbara M. Williams; daughters Cheryl Burch McDonald and Karen "Kiwi" Burch; daughter-in-love, Annette Merrill; three granddaughters; treasured great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and life-long friends, students and colleagues. Visitation will be from 1:00-7:00 PM on Thursday, February 23rd, at Spaulding Mortuary, 3045 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, February 24th, at Christ Presbyterian Church, 4011 Clinton St., Los Angeles. The family requests that donations, in lieu of flowers, be made to Christ Presbyterian Church or to The UCLA Foundation: Clinton L. Burch and Josephine Marshall Burch Memorial Scholarship (Fund # 90159E).
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Feb. 21 to Feb. 24, 2017
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