Mar. 12, 1963 Greenville Pitt County North Carolina, USA
Mar. 30, 2013 Winston-Salem Forsyth County North Carolina, USA
Trish Burkhart passed away on Easter Eve 2013. Following a brief illness her sudden passing was a glorious reception before an eternal God. Trish was a loved friend, mother, teacher and child of God. She was passionate about her students, loved her sons, and most of all loved her God. In the last few years of her short life she came to love the people of Haiti. Ms. Burkhart was a teacher with the Ashe County School system in Northwestern North Carolina. She was a 1986 graduate of Appalachian State University with a major in K-12 Special Education. She had a love of children. In 1981 she graduated from J.R. Rose High School in Greenville, North Carolina. She was a faithful member of Deerfield United Methodist Church. She loved her home on the New River in Todd, North Carolina. Following the earthquake in Haiti she made a mission trip. While there she found a love for the Haitian people. It became a love of her life. Her adopted son from Haiti, Semexant DJchao was a proud son as well. Trish gave herself to others. She traveled in the summers to Oklahoma to teach Vacation Bible School on an Indian Reservation. Each Sunday she picked people up at the homeless shelter and took them to her church. On Thursday she helped lead a Bible study for Women at the Local Jail. After than she was in charge of the evening meal at the Hospitality House homeless shelter. Then she would load up her car and take residents of the shelter to the Son Light Cafe for an evening Bible Study. She traveled to Africa to share the love of Jesus Christ. As a teacher she specialized with students of special needs. When applying for the position the school leadership ship was told that if they wanted someone who would excel at it, they were told that Trish would be the right person. Trish is survived by two sons she adored, Josh and Michael. She was proud of their every activity and accomplishment. Her many friends are a tribute and demonstrate of her great spirit. Her loss is felt deeply by many.