Annetta Imogene “Jean” Kirk, 89, peacefully completed her
journey through this life at Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at St. Mary’s Hospital after a short illness.
She was known by a few as “Annetta” and by many as “Imogene”, “Gene” or “Jean”. She
was appreciated by all as a kind, gentle, compassionate woman who was a
blessing to friends, family and everyone she met.
Imogene was born Oct. 21, 1923, in GibsonCounty to Ira and Ruth (Shoultz) Shoaf.
She was a 1941 graduate of Mt.OlympusHigh
Hazleton. She graduated from Lockyear
College of Business in Evansville and worked for several years at the Servel Corp. During this time prior to starting her
own family, Imogene raised her little sister Diane.
Imogene wed school teacher
Lester Dale Kirk on June 7, 1953. Imogene was a devoted wife and mother, dedicating all her energies to
family life in rural Petersburg. Her children were always her top priority. She
enjoyed flowers, music, dogs, chats with friends and family and neighbors, and
worship. Lester and Imogene were faithful members of the PetersburgFirstUnitedMethodistChurch, where they rarely missed Sunday school and Imogene
sang in the church choir for many years. Lester and Imogene were married for 55
years, until Lester’s death in October 2008.
In late 2008, Imogene
embarked on a new adventure when she moved to Atria Senior Living in Newburgh. She blossomed in her new home, participating in all
kinds of new activities, making many new friends, and touching the lives of the
staff and other residents.
Family members who will miss
Imogene dearly include her son Gary of Vincennes; daughter Pam of Evansville;
and treasured friend who became family, Nan Potter of Evansville. Other
survivors include sister-in-law Jane Kirk of Columbus; cousinValietaDeBord of Princeton; nieces,
nephews and family members of cousins; cherished friends from all phases of her
journey through life; and her beloved family of friends at Atria.
Loved ones who traveled on
before Imogene and are now celebrating with her include her husband Lester; her
parents; her sister Diane Tyree Currier; Lester’s parents and brothers and
sisters; several cousins, nieces and nephews; and many
Funeral services will be at 2
p.m. Eastern Time (1 p.m. Central) Thursday, Nov. 1, at Harris Funeral Home, 7
E. Walnut St., Petersburg, with Rev. Mel Camp and Rev. Evelyn Owens
Friends may visit from Eastern Time (
Central) until the service. Burial will follow in WalnutHillCemetery in Petersburg.