Gloria Burch, 80, of McPherson, Kan., passed away at 9:23 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019 while in the company of family members, at McPherson Hospital.
Burch was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on April 18, 1938, the daughter of Graciano and Matilda (Baron) Rulona. She attended Kailua Elementary Schools, Junior High and Roosevelt High School in Kailua Hawaii.
Burch attended the Countryside Covenant Church, McPherson
Burch was a homemaker and she took great pride in providing for her family in this manner. Through the years Burch worked as an aide for McPherson City Hospital; a nurse’s aide for Unruh Personal Care Home; desk attendant for the Y.M.C.A.; and was a housekeeper for Best Western Holiday Manor all of McPherson.
Burch was a member of the Rebecca’s Odd Fellows. She enjoyed fishing, camping, starting the women’s volleyball league, spending time going to her kids and grandkids sporting events, watching KU basketball games. She was a self-taught woman, teaching herself how to knit, crochet, embroidery and loved working in her flower garden.
Gloria Rulona was united in marriage to Charles Edgar Burch on May 9, 1954 in Kailua, Hawaii. The young couple established its first home together in McPherson. This union was blessed with the birth of five children, three daughters and two sons. .
She is survived by her husband Charles Burch, of McPherson; her children, Teresa Mandevill and her husband Garry, of Bluff City, Kan., Charles Burch, Jr. and his wife Miriam, of Overland Park, Kan., Gloria Jean Vernon and her husband Larry, of McPherson; Vaughan Burch and his wife Jennifer, of McPherson; Molly Stucky and her husband Dale, of McPherson; her brothers, Al Rulona, of New Hampshire, Danny Rulona, of Waimanalo, Hawaii, Roy Rulona, of Kaneohe, Hawaii and Franklin Rulona, of Waimanalo, Hawaii; She is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild
Burch was preceded in death by her parents; her sister Carmen Rulona and her granddaughter Heather Burch.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the Glidden-Ediger Chapel, with her grandson Dan Stevens officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Y.M.C.A Scholarship for Kids or Friends of Maxwell and they can be sent to Glidden-Ediger Funeral Home; 222 W. Euclid St., McPherson, KS 67460.