Betty R. Burch, 88, a long-time resident, community leader and former mayor of Riverside, Missouri, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 19, 2022. At the time of her passing, Betty was at home under hospice care, surrounded in love by her family.
She was born January 16, 1934, in Kansas City, Kansas to Jack Keller and Marie Elizabeth (Stark) Reynolds. They have preceded her in death along with six brothers and a baby grandson.
She married Mitchell B. Burch, on February 10, 1950, in Kansas City, Missouri and they moved to Riverside in 1952. In 1975, Betty would begin a 31-year career with the City of Riverside. She served as City Clerk from 1975 until 1988. She would serve her first term as Mayor of Riverside from 1988 until 1996. Betty served as Alderman from 1996 until 2000 and Mayor again from 2000 to 2006. Betty had a true servants heart and had a passion for serving others. She loved her family, her friends and her community. She was the rock of her family and rock of her community. In her spare time, she enjoyed frequent family gatherings, traveling and reading. She will be dearly missed.
Betty is survived by her husband Mitch of the couple’s home in Riverside; three children: James Mitchell Burch and wife, Linda of Smithville, Missouri, Susan Marie Burch-Kitko and husband, John of Pompano Beach, Florida and Mayor Kathleen Lynn “Kathy” Rose and husband, Randy of Riverside Missouri, two siblings, Raymond Reynolds and Linda Williams, eight grandchildren: Christopher (Tammy) Burch, Jennifer (Brian) Tingey, Joseph (Kristen) Burch, Adam (Sarah) Burch, Michelle (Mike) Louf, Craig Rose, Gina (Bryan) Cork, and Brandon (Valerie) Rose; and several great, and great, great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services have been set and are scheduled for December 28, 2022, at the Riverside Community Center, 4498 NW High Dr. Riverside, MO 64150. Visitation will begin at 1:30 p.m. followed by a memorial service celebrating Betty’s life at 2:30 p.m. A white horse drawn hearse pulled by a pair of black horses will carry Betty’s casket to the East Slope Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest. In lieu of flowers, donations in her honor may be made to Kansas City Hospice or Riverside Fire/Police Athletic League. Memories of Betty and condolences may be shared at Meyersfuneralchapel.com.