Sara Rosalie Burch, a resident of Santa Fe, NM for the last nine years, passed away on July 14, 2018. She is survived by her brother, Clyde Burch of Burleson, Texas, her sister and brother-in-law, Judi and Burt Lehman of Santa Fe, nephew, Jonathan Lehman and family of Seattle, Washington, and niece, Laura Lehman of Pasadena, California.
Sara was born in Taos, NM on September 20, 1937, among the first babies born at Holy Cross Hospital. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde and Eunice Burch.
She attended UNM and completed her education at Southern California College. She received a Master’s Degree in Cross-Cultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary and a Masters in Anthropology at Cal State University Los Angeles.
From her youth, she was intent upon serving those in need. For a number of years, Sara lived in Greece, taught school, and learned the Greek language. She grew to love the Greek people and worked in the church, ministering to the needs of the people.
Later, she served as deacon for the Episcopal Diocese Los Angeles and worked as Chaplain in the County USC Jail Ward and the Los Angeles County Jail System in downtown Los Angeles. Upon returning to New Mexico, she received a Certificate of Recognition from the Sheriff’s Department for her “ceaseless dedication in serving the spiritual needs of men incarcerated at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility.”
A Mass of Resurrection will be held Saturday, July 28, 2018 at Church of the Holy Faith Episcopal, 311 East Palace Avenue, Santa Fe, NM at 2:00 p.m. Inurnment will be in the church Columbarium.