Velva Burche, age 86, of Moran, Kansas passed away on Tuesday, September 11, 2012, at Moran Manor in Moran, Kansas.
She was born on December 22, 1925, in rural Uniontown, Kansas, the daughter of Roy and Daisy (Hester) Pool. She graduated from Moran High School with the class of 1944.
Velva worked for Taylor and Laughlin Grocery Store as a clerk during high school in Moran, and then went to Chanute to obtain her teacher's degree. She taught for two years at the Nilwood country school northwest of Moran.
Velva married Dewey Thompson in 1950. In June of 1967, they adopted two boys, Robert and Tracy Thompson. Dewey preceded her in death on March 25, 1992. She then married William H. "Bill" Burche on April 3, 1993 in Moran, Kansas. Bill and Velva enjoyed traveling on bus trips all over the United States; their first bus trip was to the Rose Parade in San Diego, California. Velva enjoyed cooking for her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Daisy Pool.
Velva is survived by her husband, Bill Burche of the home; two sons, Robert Thompson and wife Janet of Iola, Kansas; Tracy Thompson and wife Melody of Moran, Kansas; brother, Eugene Pool of Chanute, Kansas; Eighteen grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren; nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, September 17, 2012, at the Moran Christian Church, Moran, with burial to follow in the Moran Cemetery. The family will be present to greet friends at the Feuerborn Family Funeral Service Chapel in Moran on Sunday evening from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation.