Claremore Daily Progress

April 9, 2013

Katherine York Kirkley

Staff Reports
Staff Writer

CLAREMORE — Katherine York Kirkley, 76, died surrounded by family members on April 3, 2013, at Hospice House, Hutchinson.

She was born July 3, 1936, in Fredonia, Ks, to Eaton and Octavia York. Katherine married her high school sweetheart, Curtis Kirkley, on Sept. 2, 1955, in Claremore, Okla. After all 5 children were in school; she finished her nurses training in 1972 and worked in the nursing field for approximately 15 years. She was involved in her church, Campers on Mission, Disaster Relief and various other service projects.

Katherine is survived by: her husband, Curtis; children, Carol of Salida, Colo., Terri and John Martin of Marshfield, Wis., Kenneth Kirkley and Lynn Detrick of Nickerson, Martha and Bryan Dawson of Jackson, Tenn., Christi and Kyle Hopkins of McPherson; siblings, Paulyne Vanzant, Connie Wright of Claremore, Okla., Marvin York of Norman, Okla.; 9 grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by: parents; sister, Mildred Hanes; and brother, George York Jr.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday, April 8, 2013, at First Southern Baptist Church, 1201 E. 23rd, with Pastor Roy Jaye officiating. Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at Oakhaven Memorial Gardens, Claremore, Okla. Friends may call 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday with family to receive friends from 2-4 p.m. at Elliott Mortuary.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Southern Baptist Canopy Fund or Hospice House, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.