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Elsie LaRue Burch

Nov. 26, 1934 - Jan. 1, 2021

Date of Service: Jan. 9, 2021

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OAKLEY– Elsie LaRue Whittle Burch, 86, of Oakley, passed away on January 1, 2021, after a nine-month lingering illness at Parke View Rehabilitation and Care in Burley, Idaho.

She was born on November 26, 1934, in Oakley, Idaho, the daughter of Eldon and Elsie Peters Whittle. In high school, LaRue played the saxophone in the marching band. She graduated from Oakley high school in May of 1953. On September 1, 1953, she and James Clifford Burch were married in the Salt Lake City Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

LaRue and James attended ISU where James majored in auto mechanics. Upon finishing his course work they moved back to Oakley and worked for LaRue’s parents in the farming and mink industries. James and LaRue were some of the pioneers of the worldwide recognized Oakley quartzite stone quarries. James contracted polycystic kidney disease in 1968. This was the beginning of a very hard and long life for both of them. In 1973, they were forced to sell and move to Salt Lake City where they could be closer to doctors who specialized in kidney disease. When his condition improved in 1977, they moved their family back to Oakley to work full-time in their stone quarrying operation.

LaRue’s love of music continued to grow and she became a very accomplished piano and organ player. She spent most of her life being the organist and/or pianist at church. She also taught music lessons in the community. She loved to raise her own garden and fruit trees and she canned much of the produce from both. Some of her greatest loves were photography and family history.

LaRue would spend her waiting time photographing nature, animals, sunsets, clouds, rainstorms, and such during James’ dialysis after he lost his kidneys. This dialysis lasted 15 years at four-and-a-half hours a day three times a week. LaRue was very devoted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and just as equally devoted to her seven children, 20 grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren, never missing their birthdays, baptisms and other special occasions.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Eldon and Elsie Whittle; and her husband, James.

She is survived by her sister, LaRene Wilcock (Gary) of Kaysville, Utah; her sons, James Whittle Burch (Janet), and David K Burch (Katy) both of Oakley, and William Dean Burch (Evelyn) of Logan, Utah; her daughters, Kris (Mike) Dalley of Clarkston, Utah, Penni (Lex) Andersen of Hyde Park, Utah, Marie Reeder of Layton, Utah, and Jodie Burch of Kaysville, Utah.

The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 9, 2021, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Oakley Stake Center, located at 355 N. Center Ave., in Oakley, where friends and family will be received from 11:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. prior to the service. Burial will follow at the Oakley Cemetery.

A live webcast of the Funeral Service will be available at the following link: https://youtu.be/z-yrpm9n1_o.

To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, face masks will be required and social distancing will be practiced at the viewing and funeral service.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home of Burley.

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From Nina Jenks Osterhout:
Just wanted to let you know I am thinking of you and your family during this difficult time in your lives. I never really got to know your mom, but she has an awesome family.
From Mike Judd:
Peggy and I would like to extended our condolences at Aunt LaRue's passing. I remember well her on piano, your dad on guitar and myself singing the song "Running Bear". A treasured memory.
From Lynn and Susan Reeder:
Marie, Penni, and family, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, that you may have comfort and peace at this difficult time.
From Lyle and Jennifer Sager:
Please accept our heartfelt condolences. Your mother was a very quiet, sincere, and humble person. She always exhibited a genuine concern for all those she would meet.
From Diane Bell:
So sorry to hear about your loss. LaRue was a very talented lady. I was so blessed to have her as a piano teacher and loved hearing her stories. What a wonderful angel.
From Dallan & Brenda Schenk:
So sorry for your Families loss... she was so much fun to talk to whenever we crossed paths... Prayers to your Family

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