Marsha Jean (Nuckles) Burdick born on August 10, 1952, in Glendale, Calif., the third daughter of D. Harold and Marjorie L (Plyley) Nuckles, lost her lengthy, very determined and courageous battle against cancer on March 8, 2012, in Springfield, Mo.
On February 12, 1972 Marsha was united in marriage with her life partner and best friend, Ronald Arthur Burdick. For twenty years they made their home in Burbank, Calif. where they raised son, Joshua Jamal, sharing with him their love of woodworking, camping, fishing, photography and animals.
A life passion for Marsha began when she was in the second grade. Her teacher shared pictures of Hawaii and tales of Hula dancers. Marsha went home and told her Mama that she wanted to learn to Hula.
This began years of lessons and Marsha’s love of all types of Pacific Island dancing. Rarely without her music and a sarong, many a family gathering, or camping trip became an occasion for Marsha, along with sisters Cheryl and Darlene to dance. Marsha’s biggest production was her parents 50th Anniversary Luau and dance review.
Marsha thrived on traveling anywhere. She just wanted to get into their “rig” and go! Many family vacations were spent in southern Utah where the Nuckles cabin was home base for day trips to Zion, Bryce Canyon, The Grand Canyon, or just 4-wheeling through the back country.
Always a farm girl at heart, Marsha relished time spent with Missouri cousins on their farms, asking questions and doing daily chores. In the early ‘90’s she realized her dream to live in the country when the Burdicks relocated to rural Spokane, Wash. and established “Willow Wood Roost,” their Emu ranch.
Marsha was predeceased by her father, D. Harold Nuckles on September 9, 2011. Also predeceasing her were in-laws George and Dorothy Burdick, and Theda Burdick, Grandparents Myrtle (Potter) Nuckles, Charles and Nellie Nuckles, Lural Lee Plyley, and Sarah Olive (Mings) Plyley Sexton.
She is survived by her Mother, Marjorie, Springfield, Mo., her husband of 40 years, Ronald; son Joshua and daughter-in-law Julie Burdick, and grandson Jacob Burdick, Spokane, Wash. Marsha was eagerly anticipating the birth of her granddaughter in early August. Also surviving are three sisters, Susan Myers, Nixa, Mo., Cheryl Tucker, and Darlene and Gary Denney, Springfield, Mo. She is additionally survived by Aunt Sarah Lee (Plyley) Walker, Granada Hills, Calif., Martha Nuckles, Redwood City, Calif., Uncle Richard and Joyce Nuckles, Bakersfield, Calif., numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and cousins.
Serving as pallbearers were Joshua Burdick, Eric Myers, Gary Denney, Tom Bauer, and Chris Richardson. Honorary pallbearer was Jacob Burdick. Greenlawn Funeral Home handled the arrangements, with interment at Maple Park Cemetery, Springfield, Mo.
For us Marsha’s “Lovely Hula Hands” are silent now. In Heaven they are just beginning to tell their story.