Marsha Burris has deep roots in the red clay of North Carolina, growing up in the dairy farming community of Newell near Charlotte, NC.  After high school and one year of college, she trained to be a dental laboratory technician with John Thorpe. Four years later she opened and operated a laboratory with Donna Chinnis in Newport News, Virginia. Following a twelve-year career in the dental field Marsha returned to her hometown and enrolled as an adult student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Sociology before earning a masters degree in History. Marsha engaged in independent research at Oxford University in Oxford England and at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England. She worked as a Business and Technology Applications Analyst in the Office of Institutional Research at the University for twenty years and taught ancient and medieval history for twelve years.

       After retiring from the University, Marsha founded a small publishing company, teaming up once again with Donna Chinnis. Marsha wrote the book, Paradox of Professionalism: American Nurses in World War II and contributes to the Southern Muses Blog. Her memoir, Miracles All Around Me – The Unexpected Gifts of My Mother’s Alzheimer’s was published February 2014 and is an affectionate and candid account of caring for her mother who had early onset Alzheimer’s for the last decade of her life. Although Marsha felt ill-equipped for the care-giver role, wit and loyal devotion allowed her to walk by her mother’s side as participant, observer and chronicler to the very end. 

       Marsha counts among her accomplishments several seasons of playing middle-C in the Newell Presbyterian Church Bells of Grace Choir, surviving a serious motorcycle accident, and traveling to London, Paris, Athens, Cairo, NYC, Washington, D.C., the Grand Canyon, Mt Rushmore and Keewatin, Minnesota.          

       Forthcoming projects include two historical novels - a fictional account of Dorothy Chinnis’ nursing experience in Europe during the Second World War based on the diary she kept during her deployment, and a portrait of the contributions and hardships of an American nurse in London during the Blitz.         

     Marsha is available to speak to Alzheimer’s support, care-giver, and elder-care groups.