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Sally Ann (Bucher) Burr, 74, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, at her residence. A Celebration of Life will be 11 a.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church, 321 S. 1st St. in Arkansas City. The Rev. Larry Cracraft will celebrate. Cremation has been effected. Sally was born Dec. 2, 1940, in South Coffeyville, to Pete and Constance (Love) Bucher. She attended Arkansas City schools, graduating with the ACHS Class of 1959. A teacher at heart, Sally spent 25 years in the classroom. She often expressed her joy at keeping in touch with former students and was especially appreciative of the ease in communication afforded by technology. Sally also worked for 16 years at Southwestern Bell and AT&T in various capacities, including being one of the top salespeople in the country in the early 1980s. She retired early from AT&T in order to return to the journalism classroom because making a difference each day was the driving force in her life. Sally earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and journalism education at St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City, a master’s degree in secondary curriculum and instruction from Kansas State University and a Juris Doctorate from Oklahoma City University. Sally passed the bar in 1988 and did pro bono work for Cleveland County Legal Aid. Through the years, Sally helped other teachers through her presentations on classroom organization and motivation. She was happiest when busy. One of her credos was to never take a path already taken if a new one was available. She had a “bucket list” before the term was invented and was always trying to check off something on that list. She loved being with her family and traveling. While many hobbies piqued her interest over the years, desktop publishing and photography were favorites and Sally often did booklets and handbooks for the organizations with which she was associated. A member of First Presbyterian Church, Sally served on the worship committee, mission and outreach committee, was a ruling elder, clerk of the session, in the Bahruth Circle and worked in the Promise Kids program. She was an active member of P.E.O. She served on the Board of Directors of the Dodge City A’s semi-pro baseball team and on the Board of the Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame, where in 1980 she helped found Teacher Day — USA , now known as National Teacher Day. In Arkansas City, she served on the Boards for Ark City’s Habitat for Humanity affiliate, and the ACE committee (Ark City’s public schools’ foundation), and was a member of Salmagundi Study Club. She received Volunteer-of-the-Year honors from the Area Arts Council for her work on the PrairieFest arts festival and CornerBank’s Community Service award. She was a member of local, state and national educational associations as well as several professional journalism organizations. Sally is survived by the love of her life, her husband of 54 years, Gene, of the home; sons Steve of Olathe, Kan., and Kevin (Theresa) of Sapulpa; grandchildren Jordan (Brittany) Burr, Britton (Nick) Blanchat and Nicholas Burr; great-granddaughter, Anniston Blanchat; great-grandsons Chase Blanchat and Parker Burr; and special friend and pen pal of 63 years, Shirley McMillan, Accrington, Lancashire, England. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Burr Family Scholarship through the ACE Fund of Arkansas City. Contributions may be made through the funeral home.
Published on  August 20, 2014
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