Ruth Maxine Burch

Ruth Maxine Burch, age 96 of Goodyear, AZ died January 4, 2018 in Glendale, AZ.   She was born March 8, 1921 in Fulton, MS to Curtis Spencer and Emma Viola Moore-Spencer. Ruth retired from Walgreen’s after 32 years of service but remained very active with volunteer work through her church and other organizations. She served at the Kenosha County Jail for many years in their library ministry to female inmates. She also volunteered at the Shalom Center serving meals to the poor and needy. For several years she was a hospital chaplain’s assistant at Kenosha Hospital. She was an active member of Fellowship Baptist Church teaching Sunday School for over 25 years and as a member of the Women’s Missionary Union. She was able to travel extensively, visiting China, Mexico, several European countries, and Israel. She was full of love for her Lord and for her family and will be greatly missed by all of them, including many nieces and nephews.

Ruth is survived by her daughters, Virginia Otto of Houghton Lake, MI and Wanda Hillmer of Goodyear, AZ; sister, Dorothy Jones of Texarkana, AR; five grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Haze Burch; brothers, James Spencer, and Henry Spencer; sisters, Ruby Petersdorf and Nelda Leslie; and a daughter who died at birth.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm, Friday, January 12, 2018 at Sunset Ridge Memorial Park Chapel, 6211 38th St, Kenosha, WI 53144. Burial will be at Sunset Ridge Memorial Park, Kenosha, WI. The family suggests that donations be made to Samaritan’s Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607 or EOD Warrior Foundation, 701 John Sims Parkway E, Suite 305, Niceville, FL 32578.

3 Comments on “Ruth Maxine Burch

  1. I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the family. During this difficult time, God is near to those that are broken at heart, and those who are crushed in spirit He saves. Psalms 34:18

  2. Dear Wanda – My love and prayers go out to you and your family. Your Mom was so kind and gentle and such a lady. I always remember her. I’m happy you had her for so many years. Sorry I wasn’t able to be there today. Cheryl (Fontaine) Johnson –

  3. Dear Wanda & Virginia,

    My heart goes out to you on the loss of your mom.

    Please find comfort in knowing she and your family are remembered fondly from the days when our backyards were connected.


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