Catherine Eugenia Kirk

Posted: Sunday, August 15, 2010

Spokane, Wash. resident and former Kenai resident Catherine Eugenia Kirk passed away August 8. She was 82 years old.

Catherine was born April 10, 1928 in Portland, OR. After some unforeseen events at 13 years old she became the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Lloyd Donnally who had two other children, John and Linda, and who were residents of Kennewick, Wash. A few years later the Donnally's moved to Dayton, Wash. which is where Catherine met Dudley D. Kirk, a true cowboy, who broke horses for Mr. Lloyd Donnally. Life then led them all to Grangeville, Idaho. Dudley and Catherine were wed on Jan. 11, 1947 in Grangeville. Lloyd and Lois Donnally were witnesses to their union. From there Dudley and Catherine made their way to the Enterprise/Kamiah, Ore. area where Dudley was a bull rider and log truck driver. Dudley and Catherine had seven children at this point and then moved to Spokane where Dudley was a truck driver and Catherine a "homemaker." They had three more children in Spokane and they lived in the valley for quite a while, before Dudley wanted the country life. They then purchased a home at Bigelow Gulch Road Pleasant Prairie, Wash. A few years later, Dudley took his family to Alaska on a vacation for two months. Dudley and Catherine came back to Pleasant Prairie, Wash. sold their home and moved the family to Kenai in 1974. Dudley and Catherine had many great friends there whom they considered family. Catherine raised the children when they moved to Alaska, as Dudley continued driving the truck, became a small plane pilot, and lost his life, in his plane in Cook Inlet, in 1982. Catherine persevered and lived in Kenai for quite a few years, then the long Alaska winters and the heartbreak, sent her back to McMinnville, Ore. in 1986 with her daughter Renee and husband Bob Shenk. Catherine resided in the Willamette Valley for numerous years with Mr. and Mrs. Robert Shenk, but after many discussions, they moved back to the Spokane Valley. Bob and Renee have spent the last 10 years caring for Catherine and giving her the best life they knew how to give her. Catherine was such a vivacious, unpretentious, "I love life" woman. She loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren unconditionally. Catherine was a great advocate of photography, country music/dancing, fishing and target practicing, (and over the years became a better shot than Dudley had been).

Her family writes: she will be so greatly missed, she was so loved. We Believe unto our Lord Jesus Christ, that we all are saved by the "Lord's Grace" and we will join Catherine, our Mother, Grandmother and Great- Grandmother, in heaven when his will be done on Earth as it is in heaven.

Catherine was preceded in death by her father Lloyd Donnally; husband Dudley Kirk; son Dennis Kirk; daughters Brinda Schmidt and Debbie Coburn; and sister Linda Conklin. Grandparents Archie & Velma Struthers also preceded her in death. She is survived by her mother Lois Donnally; brother John Donnally; children and spouses: Dudley and Cathy Kirk, David Kirk, Kenneth and Gala Kirk, Linda and James Jackson, Diana Kirk, Renee and Robert Shenk, Mary and Stephen Taylor; 19 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be at 10:00 a.m. August 21 at Hennessey Valley Funeral Home, 1315 N. Pines Rd. Spokane Valley. Burial will be directly following at the Peone Prairie Cemetery. Condolences may be mailed to 419 N. Long Road, Spokane Valley, Wash. 99016.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Cancer Society (Leukemia),

Catherine was a long time survivor of polycythemia vera, a blood disorder.

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