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Maybelle Burcaw

October 23, 1924 ~ November 30, 2020 (age 96)

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Born in Lisbon, Ohio October 23, 1924

Departed on November 30, 2020 in Colorado

Maybelle was born in Lisbon, Ohio to Mable and Russell Huston.  She was named for two beloved paternal Aunts, Aunt May and Aunt Belle. 

She is survived by her younger sister’s (Lucy) husband, Harvey Warner, and her younger brother George Huston and his wife Helen in Flagler Beach FL.

Maybelle married her high school sweetheart in 1945, Richard (Dick) Edward Burcaw.  They were married 52 years before his passing in 1997.  Dick served in both WWII and the Korean war.  They have 2 surviving children, Rebecca Elin Emily (Becky, married to Dennis) in Colorado and Richard Alan (Alan, married to Loretta) in Florida. 

There are 4 grandchildren (Matt(Jill), Marc(Andrea), Alyson(Grayson), and Tracey), 1 grandson by marriage (Charley(Beth)), 5 great-grandchildren (Gavin, Wyatt, Dakota, Sky, and JT), and 3 great-grandchildren by marriage (Patrick, Natalie, and Vivian).

Maybelle had a life-long passion for music.  She attended Ohio State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education in 1946.  She could play and instruct every instrument.  She won a seat in the Columbus Philharmonic Orchestra, 2nd chair clarinet, 1942-1945.  She was a forerunner of women in male dominated music, playing in the Orchestra and leading marching bands while teaching school. 

Maybelle was a member of Delta Omicron Musical Honorary, Kappa Delta sorority, and Order of the Eastern Star.

Maybelle taught music K-12 and later transitioned to teaching English.  She would sometimes return letters to Becky and Alan, corrected for grammar in red pen!

Maybelle and Dick moved many times due to Dick’s accounting career, Rhode Island, Delaware, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois, spending their later years in Florida.  Maybelle was always active in her community, serving with Girl Scouts, church, musical (directing, and singing) choirs and playing piano.  At the age of 95, she was on the daily calendar, “Melodies by Maybelle”, playing hymns before breakfast in her assisted living facility.  

Her signature sign-off for notes and letters was always a music note, most often the slanted beamed sixteenth note. 

Donations can be made to:

Arvada United Methodist Church

6750 Carr Street, Arvada, CO 80004

note check “Music Fund in memory of Maybelle Burcaw”


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