Marsha Burris

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About Me

With deep roots in the red clay of North Carolina, Marsha grew up in the dairy farming community of Newell near Charlotte, NC. She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a master's degree in History from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. As an independent scholar, she engaged in 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.

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 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, her wit and loyal devotion allowed her to walk by her mother’s side as participant, observer and chronicler to the very end.

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

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