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Mava Ilene Burchfield

01/05/1935 - 12/18/2018

Obituary for Mava Ilene Burchfield

Mava I. Burchfield, 83, Perry, IA

Funeral services will be 10:00 am Friday, December 21, 2018 for Mava Burchfield at Faith Bible Church, Panora, IA. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill "Prairie Center" Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church Friday from 9:00 am until service time. Memorials will be directed to Faith Bible Church. Condolences to the family may be sent to Murdock Funeral Home, Perry, IA. Mava passed away on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at the Greene County Medical Center at the age of 83.

Mava Ilene Clouse was born on the Clouse family farm two miles west of Yale, IA in Dodge Township, Guthrie County Iowa, the daughter of Raymond and Mary Elizabeth (Cox) Clouse on January 5, 1935.She attended school in Yale until moving to Panora in the third grade where she graduated from Panora High School in 1952. Ater graduating,Mava worked in Des Moines for 7 years at Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company. She played basketball for a Des Moines team and had the honor of being on the team to first play at Veterans Memorial Auditorium.

Mava married James V. Burchfield on January 5, 1958 in Panora, IA. She began working for Perry State Bank and worked there until she and Jim adopted their son Bill, at Christmas time, in 1965. She became a stay at home Mom and helped on the farm until Bill graduated high school in 1984. She spent the next nine years working as a teacher’s aide at Central Dallas/ADM School.

Mava was active in the community in earlier years, serving as Vice President and President of the Perry Womens Club. Life member of Dallas County Hospital Auxiliary, Perry Lutheran Home Auxiliary and past president of the Panora Alumni Association. She was active in her church serving as a deaconess, trustee, on stewardship and christian education committees along with Sunday School Teacher and Bible School Teacher over the years.

Mava and Jim celebrated nearly 58 years of marriage, living in the same house that Jim was born in, for many of those years.

Survivors include a son Bill (Evelyn Nelson) Burchfield of Perry, IA; two step- grandsons Travis (Amanda) Merical, Preston (Whitney) Merical; one sister Martha (Tom) Caulkins of Nashville, TN; sister-in-law Mary Lou Burchfield of AZ; brother-in-law Dean Anderson of Iowa Falls, IA; nieces and nephews Preceding Mava in death were her husband on November 12, 2016; parents; infant son James V. Burchfield Jr.;one sister Mary Rae Anderson and a brother-in-law Lowell Burchfield.

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