Mary M Burch

August 15, 1927October 5, 2020

Mary Burch, 93, of Kansas City, MO, passed away October 5, 2020.

Mary was born August 15, 1927, in Thessaloniki, Greece. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. During World War II she met and married her husband, Charles, in Italy, returning with him to the U.S. after the war. She had a generous spirit and loved her family and friends deeply. In retirement, she would volunteer at the hospital maternity ward to rock and sing the newborns. Mary loved to travel, taking many trips all over the U.S., plus visiting Mexico, Canada, and many trips back to Europe.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles, and her daughter, Mary.

Survivors include two grandchildren, Michael and Jennifer, and three great-grandchildren, Isabelle, Jordan, and Nathan.

Visitation will be Monday, October 19, 2020 at 12:30 PM at Newcomer’s Floral Hills Funeral Home, 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City, MO. Graveside services will be Monday, October 19, 2020, at 2:15 PM at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 7601 Blue Ridge Blvd., Raytown, MO.


  • Visitation

    Monday, October 19, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Monday, October 19, 2020


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Curtis Smith

October 18, 2020

Mary went to Florence to visit my mother , Lillian Smith. I met her at the train station and helped her to her hotel. The next day I gave her a tour of Florence and then we went to the family home for dinner. It was a really fun day of friendship in Florence. This is a photo of Mary and Lil sharing a glass of vino. Curtis

Curtis Smith

October 18, 2020

I wanted to post this picture of all the Italian women together. Mary is first on the right. As Teresa said, these were the days...Curtis V. Smith

Curtis Smith

October 17, 2020

As the son of one of Mary's Italian friends, Lillian Smith, I wanted to express my condolences to the family. My mother and I appreciated being invited to many Thanksgiving family events at the home of Mary and Charlie. We were always treated like family. Peace and love, Curtis Smith

Teresa McKinley

October 14, 2020

Mary was on of the "Italians". My dear mother, Marta Hill, passed away this year as well, and as we lose the Italians one by one, it feels like our heritage is slipping away. As a kid, I remember Mary along with the rest of the group, Lilliana (Smith), Iris (Hedberg), and my mom, sitting around one of our respective kitchen tables speaking in Italian/English/Italian. There was coffee, hands waving, voices lilting, laughter, reminisces, and an occasional tear. Those dear ladies gave all of us so very much in memories, pride in our Italian heritage, and a love of una vita di cultura! Ripose in pace Maria.
My sincere condolences to the grandchildren and family.

Sue Bullington

October 12, 2020

Thoughts and prayers for your family.
I had the privilege to work with Mary for a number of years. She was a wonderful person and such a joy to share time with her. Will always remember the time she was talking to our boss and she was really giving him a plate full, after she was finished he looked at me and ask, " What the heck did she say". I loved her accent.

Kathryn Wyant

October 11, 2020

So sorry. Mike, Your Mom and Grandma were my friends since I was little. Charles, my Dad's best friend. When I had my first communion Mary bought me a baptism font with Angels that I hung on my wall. Amazing family. So sad! My Sympathy's. May Mary fly with the Angels.

Mary Brown

October 7, 2020

In memory of Mary Burch...
My love and prayers are sent to the family of Mary. I remember holiday dinners with Mary when she told stories of her growing up in Italy. She loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren so much! Isabelle Cooley was patient and compassionate when she visited and cared for her great-grandmother. All who knew Mary understood her wit and humor! I loved the video that Isabelle sent when she taught Mary how to do the Macarena! I will remember Mary who loved life and her family so very much! I will miss Mary, our smiles when we saw each other, and her love of chocolate shakes! May she rest in eternal peace...


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