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Joyce Newell Burch, 84, of Mechanicsville died Sept. 8, 2012, at her residence.

She was born Feb. 5, 1928, in Upstate New York to the late Blake Sylvester Newell and Frances Marshall Newell.

As a child, her family relocated to Oraville, where they owned and operated the General Store and Post Office. She was an elementary school teacher and taught at Hollywood Elementary School for 25 years. She was also a lifelong and dedicated member of Mt. Zion Methodist Church. She loved to read, feed the birds, take care of her plants and paint her husbandís handmade duck decoys. Her main passion in life was her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Philip Briscoe Burch.

She is survived by her sons, Philip Glenn Burch and Vernon Lee Burch; sisters, Joan Long and Nancy Quade of Mechanicsville, and Gail Martin and Nora Newell of New York; grandchildren, Evelyn Barth, Jeffrey Burch and Phillip Burch; and great-grandchildren, Noah Barth, Christian Barth and Kenneth Bradley Long.

Family received friends for a celebration of life Sept. 12 at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home in Charlotte Hall.

Funeral service was held Sept. 13 at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 21708 Mt. Zion Church Road in Mechanicsville.

Interment followed at the church cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Zion United Methodist Church.