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“Thanks eveyone for your kind words! Your comments are so comforting to our family as we continue to adjust to life here on earth without Mom. Mom...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Robb Larson - Apopka, FL - son

“I underwent an extremely painful series of operations in Washington, DC during the month of May, 2007. My aunt Shirley helped me tremendously during...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Jan Douglas Tuckley - Ridgeley, WV

“The wife, Bernadette, and the family of the late Bob Davis send our sincerest sympathy to the Burch family. ”
3 of 6 | Posted by: Bernadette Davis - Pittsburgh, PA

“Bob,Robb,Peer and the entire family. It is with mixed emotions we send our heartfelt expression of sympathy. We know the loss will be devastating to...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Irene and Ron Reibie - Pittsburgh, PA

“For Shirley, our beloved friend and neighbor for over 20 years. We will miss your smile and grace. All of our love. ”
5 of 6 | Posted by: Chas, Lori, and Colin Miller - MI

“I considered Shirley as my spiritual mentor. I had the great privilege of travelling with the Larsons to Israel, where Bob batized my daughter...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: Julie Foster - Berkley, MI

SHIRLEY BURCH LARSON, age 78, died on Tuesday, October 20, 2009, in Troy, Michigan. She was born Shirley Burch on July 31, 1931, in Huntington, West Virginia, to Arthur and Norah Burch . She was a resident of Troy, and was a former resident of Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Occupation: Mrs. Larson was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and a caring homemaker. She was a faithful intercessor and financial contributor to the Breakthrough Ministry. Only heaven will tell the magnitude of her prayers and intercession for individuals and families all over the world. Through donations to Breakthrough in her name, her deeds will live on in the earth. Surviving Husband of 54 years: The Rev. Dr. Robert F. Larson, former pastor of North United Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, and former General Manager of the public television station in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Surviving Sons: Robb J. (Ceil) and Peer C. (Yvette) Grandchildren: Adam, Jacob, Clarisse, and Lillian Surviving Brother: Kermit Burch (Catherine) Niece/nephews: Jan Tuckley, Ralph Bradley, and Kermit Burch, Jr. Preceded in death by her parents, and by her sisters, the late Naomi Bradley and Regie Tuckley Arrangements by A. J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home, 2600 Crooks Road, Troy, MI 48084 Visitation at Kirk in the Hills, 1340 W. Long Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, on Friday, October 23, 2009, from 3-5, and 6-8:30 PM Funeral Service Saturday, October 24, 2009 - 11:00 AM at Kirk in the Hills, with The Rev. Dr. Norman Pritchard officiating The family requests that you honor their beloved Shirley's life and memory through donations to: Breakthrough Prayer Ministry, P. O. Box 121, Lincoln, VA 20160 -or- Kirk in the Hills Ministry with Pontiac, 1340 W. Long Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ SPIRIT SNOW Winter storms touch the trembling trees Setting free the falling leaves That cover the dormant brow of earth In wondrous preparation of Spring's new birth. Like Job, I've never visited the storerooms Where God keeps His snow. He flings wide the gates And each dancing flake Magnifies his sovereign show. The sparkling white oblation Calls to mind this proclamation: "The Lord is my salvation. The Lord is my light." Darkness has been defeated By God's lifegiving Lamb And I sing praise to the Great "I am." I lift my hands and praise explodes: Faith, hope, and joy grow. With a grateful shout, tears overflow And my spirit soars With the Spirit Snow. Shirley Larson 2007 In a letter of final instructions Shirley reminisced about a day on her back porch.... "As I sat I had some thoughts about the time when I cross over into a new life. A warm breeze cooled my face. How lovely it felt. And I knew then…Holy Spirit fire beckons. I wish to be cremated and I want my ashes brought home... and on a warm windswept day... I want to fly free... or on some wild wonderful flurry winter day, my Spirit will soar with the Spirit snow." April 25, 2008

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