Grace E. Burroughs

Grace E. Burroughs, 82, of Chambersburg, died Wednesday, January 30, 2013, in the aftermath of an acute stroke on January 15. Her last days were spent at the Penn Hall Nursing Center at Menno Haven, in Chambersburg, following a week at the Chambersburg Hospital. She was born June 16, 1930, in Detroit, MI. Grace was the daughter of Kenneth M. and Vesta Doose Eicher. As her mother had died four years after Grace's birth, she was brought up as a child by her grandparents, Harry and Eda Rhode Doose, in Chicago and Saugatuck, MI. Later, she lived with her father and stepmother, Winnie T. Eicher, in Arlington, Va., for a period starting about 1948 until she moved to Washington D.C. on her own. While living there, she started her government career as a secretary with the Small Business Administration. After her parents moved to Charlotte, N.C., in 1951, she again lived with them during 1958 and 1959, continuing her work with the SBA. She next moved back to Washington D.C., in 1960, and completed her government service with NASA as an executive secretary in the Office of Reliability for the APOLLO project until 1966 when she married Lieutenant Commander Charles A. Burroughs, USCGS. She then completed her scholastic studies and graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in mathematics in 1969. Soon there after she renewed her active interest in art, a latent talent of hers that started when she was six years of age. At the age of sixteen, she began taking classes at the Chicago Art Institute. During the time her husband was on sea duty, when they were living in the Seattle area, 1972-1975, she studied under Paul Brekka at the Seattle Art Factory. There, she completed some of her finest portraits, in oil. Later, once they moved back into their Rockville, Md., home, she began painting again, under the tutelage of Bernard (Barney) Loiselle, and studied for many years thereafter with various other instructors, including Walter Bartman of the Yellow Barn in Glen Echo, MD. While exhibiting at various art venues, including the Civic Center Mansion in Rockville, the Yellow Barn and the Rockville Unitarian Church, she sold a number of her paintings. Grace became a Jehovah's Witness about 1978, and will be missed by a number of her elders, brothers and sister of that faith. She and her husband enjoyed traveling and made numerous trips abroad until 2007. They also enjoyed the company of a number of cats and dogs over the course of their marriage. Grace is survived by her husband, Captain Charles A. Burroughs, NOAA(Ret.), living at Menno Haven, Chambersburg. She also leaves behind a younger brother, Pierre Eicher, now living in Richmond, Va., and a half-sister Bonnie Hood of Charlotte, N.C. There will be a Memorial Service at her JW Kingdom Hall in Greenvillage, to the north of Chambersburg, at 2 P.M. on Saturday, March 2, 2013 and a "Celebration of Life" service at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville in Rockville, MD at 2 P.M. on Wednesday March 13, 2013. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of ones choice. Kelso-Cornelius F.H. Chambersburg performed the cremation and have handling the arrangements.

Published in Public Opinion on Feb. 19, 2013