Marsha Lee Goucher, 62, Memphis, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at her home in Memphis.
She was born April 5, 1950, in Centerville, Iowa, to Paul H. “Bud” and Martha Frances Morgan Burns.
She grew up in the Memphis area and was a 1968 graduate of Memphis High School. She attended Hannibal-LaGrange University at Hannibal, Missouri and then transferred to Southeast Missouri State University at Cape Girardeau, Missouri where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in home economics after which she attended Northeast Missouri
State University in Kirksville, Missouri, receiving a teaching degree. Marsha taught various grade levels and subjects in the Wyaconda, Luray, Edina and Scotland County R-I School systems until her retirement in 2006. She ended her career teaching family and consumer science at the high school.
She was married to David H. Peterson in 1973 and to this union two children, Kristi and Kyle, were born. They later divorced and she married Norman Dean Goucher on May 27, 1984, at the First Christian Church in Memphis.
She was a member of the First Christian Church in Memphis and the Wallace Gillispie Memorial Post #4958 VFW.
Marsha enjoyed teaching her many students and developing long lasting friendships with them. She loved taking motorcycle trips with her husband and their “riding buddies” and spending time at Lake Thunderhead kayaking, quilting, boating, enjoying her “lake friends” and being followed around by Gus. She cherished the long talks and loving moments with her mom and dad and looked forward to shopping and laughing with her brother, sister-in-law and their girls. Marsha relished the time she spent with her friends; sewing, taking trips, giggling and talking late into the night. She especially loved playing, smiling and being surrounded by her grandchildren and daughter.
She is survived by her husband, Norman Goucher, of Memphis; a daughter, Kristi Michele Peterson-Whitt and her husband, Shad, Bellevue, Nebraska; her parents, Paul (Bud) and Martha Burns, Memphis; a brother, Michael L. Burns and his wife, Susan, St. Charles, Missouri; six grandchildren: Christian, Sascha, Gabriel, Reygan, Kyle and Jadyn, all of Bellevue; two nieces: Brittany Burns and Brianne Burns; an uncle, cousins, many, many friends, and her loving companion, Gus.
She was preceded in death by a son, Kyle D. Peterson in 1996 and her grandparents.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 11 A.M. in the First Christian Church in Memphis with Reverend Jim Campbell and Nicki Webber Moore officiating. Music was provided by April Wilson and Tom Cotton, vocalists, accompanied by Joan Hinds. Burial followed in the Memphis Cemetery. Casket bearers were Joshua McBee, Zach McBee, Jared Drummond, Mikel Harvey, Travis Stott and Scott Triplett. Honorary casket bearers were Jake McBee, Jared Douglas, Jason Kerkmann, Jim Long and Mark Triplett.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial may be made for Marsha’s grandchildrens’ education fund and may be left at or mailed to Memphis Funeral Home, 378 South Market Street, Memphis, Missouri 63555.
Online condolences to the Goucher family may be made by logging on to mmphisfh@nemr.net.
Arrangements are under the direction of Memphis Funeral Home.