Sunday, December 30, 2018

Sue Jane Burkhalter Alvord 1934 -2018

  • 84 years old
  • Born on July 30, 1934 in Los Angeles, California, United States.
  • Passed away on December 23, 2018 in Glendale, California, United States.
Sue Jane Burkhalter Alvord passed away peacefully at home in La Crescenta California on December 23, 2018 surrounded by her children.
She was born July 30, 1934 in Los Angeles, California to William Henry Burkhalter and Ruth Atkin. Sue was valedictorian at Covina High School and graduated from Occidental College in 1956 with a teaching credential in Elementary Education and a minor in Speech-Drama. Sue taught in the Burbank School District from 1956-1994.  Sue received two Masters degrees from Pepperdine University: 1976-Early Childhood Education and 1980-Reading. In 1982 Sue took a sabbatical in Cuernavaca, Mexico, where she became fluent in Spanish, and returned to teach bilingual education. She loved traveling the world.  Out of her generous heart she helped friends, family and strangers alike. Sue married Stevens Moore Alvord (deceased) in March of 1955 and divorced in 1971.
Sue is survived by four children: Kurt (Cherie) Alvord, Provo, UT, Hal (Diane) Alvord, Simi Valley, CA, Ruth Alvord Apffel, Carlsbad, CA and Bruce (Aimee) Alvord, Kiev, Ukraine; 21 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.  Her two brothers, Bill and Charlie Burkhalter, preceded her in death.
Her family would like to express their appreciation to her dear friend, Tina Nunez, her caregivers, Tina Gonzalez, Gladys Picardal and Helen Olan, and Faith & Hope Hospice, each for their extraordinary kindness and loving care.
All are welcome to come celebrate her life with a memorial service on January 2, 2019 at 2:00PM at the Seventh-Day Adventist church, 1280 E Washington Blvd, Pasadena, California. A private interment will be held at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills.