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Elizabeth  J. "Betty" (Grafton) Burch

Elizabeth J. "Betty" (Grafton) Burch
  • December 27, 1937 - March 5, 2019
  • Battle Creek, Michigan
  • Mission Fund at Battle Creek Friends Church
    1305 Olive Street
    Battle Creek, MI 49014

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“My thoughts and prayers for the family. Betty was a true lady. ”
1 of 8 | Posted by: Bernadine Green - Battle Creek, MI

“My thoughts and prayers are with you all for this loss you're going through. Betty was a long-time friend of mine who became my sister-in-law- so I...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Connie Parsons Parsons - Bluffton, IN

“I still remember the song your Mom picked out and recorded for your Dad's funeral service. She spoke about him looking over the banner of heaven. The...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Sherry and Randy Rial - MI

“Betty was such a beauty spirit. She and John hold a special place in my heart. May God bless each one of their family. They will await your arrival...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Charleen Johnson - Myrtle Beach, SC

“Dear Friends, you have loved Betty through her long struggle in recent years and have proven faithful. Thank you for that. Betty was an encouraging...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Wayne and Regina Evans - OH

“I have many, many fond memories and pictures of our get-togethers with the McConnell's when I was young. I loved Betty Jean and Johnny and was...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Carol Ann (Deselms) Huprich - OH

“Betty (Grafton) Burch was a wonderful influence in my young life and left a lasting imprint on my heart. She lived her faith out loud every day and...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Dawn Evans - SEVIERVILLE, TN

“I'm sorry for your loss of a wonderful mom/grandma. I'm so glad I had a chance to know her. She definitely lived her faith and was an encouragement...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Sharon Dix - Battle Creek, MI

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Elizabeth J. "Betty" (Grafton) Burch, age 81, of Battle Creek passed away into a New Life with her Father in Heaven on Monday morning March 5, 2019. She was born in Harrison County, Ohio on December 27, 1937, the loving daughter of Wayne and Thelma I. (Bair) McConnell. She graduated high school in Freeport, Ohio in 1955 and furthered her education at Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky.

Betty married John W. Anderson on June 17, 1956; he preceded her in death in 1964. She then married Rev. John O. Grafton, Jr. on July 9, 1966; he preceded her in death 1994. Betty then married Rev. Bruce C. Burch on December 29, 2002; he preceded her in death in 2013. She is survived by her children, Lori J. (Randy) Rheynard, Lynnette J. Bower, John W. (Suzanne) Grafton and Jim (Kim) Grafton, all of Battle Creek; a brother, Jim (Deb) McConnell of Dennison, Ohio; nine grandchildren, Abbi Cuba, Andrew Rheynard, Adam Rheynard, Shelby Bower, Emily Bower, John C. Grafton, Seth Grafton, Riley Grafton, and Gage Grafton; and two great-grandchildren, Tucker Cuba and Evan Cuba.

Betty was a longtime member of Battle Creek Friends Church, served on the Board of Missions, and was a day care teacher at the church. She enjoyed playing the organ at church & home, singing, traveling, and spending time with her family.

The family will receive friends 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, March 7th at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Funeral services to celebrate Betty's life will be held 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 8th at Battle Creek Friends Church, 1305 Olive St, Battle Creek, MI 49014. Interment will follow at Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Memorials directed to the Missions Fund at Battle Creek Friends Church, would be appreciated. Personal messages for the family and/or favorite memories of Betty may be placed at