Date of Death: March 31, 2020
A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, August 1, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. at the home of Nichole and Bill, 11960 Coon Hollow Rd., Three Rivers.
Debra Sue Kirk, age 66, formerly of Three Rivers passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on November 24, 1953 in Three Rivers, MI the daughter of E. Cleyon and Marilyn J. (Milholin) Clark.
Deb graduated from Three Rivers High School in 1972. Upon graduation, she attended Ferris State University and went on to attend cosmetology school. She did hair and nails for many years at Doug’s Barber Shop with Doug and Kathy Minger who became special friends. She went to work at Three Rivers Hospital and Redi Med Lutheran Health System of Ft. Wayne until her cancer progressed and she retired in January 2019.
Deb enjoyed bowling in many leagues with her mother Marilyn, aunts Karen, Sandy and cousin Shelly. She also made many friendships golfing with her husband Chuck. She adored spending time with her grandchildren and faithfully attended all of their sporting and band events. She was also an avid reader and most recently found comfort in coloring to create special books for her grandchildren to remember her by.
She was preceded in passing by her parents, infant sister, Pamela Dunlap, and step son, David Kirk.
Deb is survived by her husband, Charles Kirk; daughter, Nichole (Bill) Cover; step son, Jon Kirk; step daughter Mandi Kirk; sisters, Vicki (Thomas) Derderian and Patricia Forman; brother, Michael (Mickey) Clark; grandchildren Olivia, Connor, and Kendall Penny, Jonathon Kirk, Ashley McCann, Justin Kirk, Miley Kirk; several nieces, nephews and cousins; special friend, Marge Bishop.
In honoring Deb’s wishes, memorial donations may be directed in care of Nichole Cover for the grandchildren to create their own remembrance in honoring their grandmother. Envelopes available and may be sent to Hohner Funeral Home in care of arrangements.
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Just learned of Deb’s passing. My heart is breaking. I had the pleasure of working with her at Three Rivers Health at registration. We got our work done but had fun doing it. Loved Deb’s laugh and we did a lot of that.
Thoughts and prayers to her family.
Deb..Love you and we will meet again.
We are so very sorry that we were not able to attend your gathering for Deb.
Our memories of her will always bring a smile.
She loved you & your family very much.
Our thoughts & prayers continue for you.
David & Denise Miller
Deb had a light that nothing or no one could put out!! She was always there for anyone that needed her! She certainly was a good friend to my mom and dad, over the years! I value our time in our later years, as cousins!! I only wish their had been more time!! Love Suzie Dunlap Wanty
Deb and I hit it off the first time we saw each other at Canterbury’s Club House. We loved golfing together almost 2 to 3 times a week. Roger and I became close friends throughout our living at Canterbury Green. Her grandkids, Olivia, Connor, and Kendall, caught a piece of our hearts. They knew Roger as, “Pog.” We saw them ice skate and even swam at the pool with them. Chuck and Deb often golfed with us – we had a blastll!! I remember the gatherings at their apartment. A special time was when all Deb’s friends stayed the night for a ladies golf tournament. It was laughter throughout the night – such a precious memory! Deb would do anything for anybody. She was such a giving person. Her laugh was contagious! Even though it’s been awhile since we socialized, I miss her and all the marvelous activities spent together. Judy and Roger Platt
Thank you so much! She loved you both and the kids have many fun memories!
I so much enjoyed working along side of Deb during our Redimed years! Loved her and her sense of humor! Peace to you Deb and my sympathy to her family.
I am so sorry to hear Deb has passed. She sure fought hard. I always loved hearing and seeing about her grandchildren. You all made her one proud grandma.
I was sad to hear of Debs passing. I will never forget the great times we had working at the hospital and her taking me out on the town. She will truly be missed by anyone who ever knew her. Rest in peace funny girl.
I am so very sad to hear the news that Deb has passed. Had some fun great childhood memories. RIP my friend, you are now free from pain. Prayers and strength for your family.
Barb (Stuck) Allen
I am so very sorry but I Just heard about the passing of Deb. She was such a sweet person.. I knew her since Hoppin grade school and will cherish the memories from back then. I was a few years younger but that didn’t seem to stop us from having some fun and laughs.. May she now be free from all her pain. Rest In Peace my friend. Keeping the family in my thoughts and prayers.
Barb (Stuck) Allen
My condolences to you and the family on Deb’s passing. I worked with her at Three Rivers Hospital briefly. she was always ready with a helping hand, a smile or a joke just to lighten someone’s day or workload.
My thoughts are with you all at this difficult time.
Deepest sympathy to Deb’s family, she was a great lady and had a great sense of humor she was a very supportive individual for a transitional period that meant the world! She’ll be remembered by the many lives she touched over the years. Prayers.
Rest in peace cousin, this came all too soon. You will be remembered fondly by anyone who knew you and missed by all.
Charlie and family. I don’t know any of your family and I haven’t seen you in decades but childhood friendships are long lasting. Kindergarten in Vandalia
Was sooo long ago.
Condolences to you and family. Loss of any family member is hard to understand.
Peace be with you.
David L. Bradford
By the way Charlie, did you ever tell your children about you bringing your tonsils to kindergarten class for show and tell?
Dear Nichole & family,
We are so very sorry for your loss.
I worked and “ played” with Deb for many years. She would want eveone
to remember the good times.
I can’t think of Deb & not laugh!
She is now with her hero
Dale Earnhardt St.
Prayers & hugs,
David & Denise Miller
Thank you! We appreciate you sharing!
-nichole and family
My heart aches to think that Deb longer walks this Earth. I cherish my memories of you as a child and find such comfort that you and your wonderful mom are together again. Thank you for all the blessings you brought to so many. I am comforted knowing that you are probably having the time of all times reconnecting with those who have gone before you. Until we meet again, thank you for brightening the lives of so many, I am honored to have known you. Enjoy your heavenly celebration (and special hello to your mom-the coolest ever!!)
We’re sending our love, prayers and hugs to all of y’all.
We both loved Debbie very much. May she rest in peace.💜 Mark & Rhonda
I remember her well from school she was a nice sweet girl. She probably remember me cuz I was crazy. She is in heaven now it’s a much better place amen
I am so sorry. She will be missed.
Sandy And Kelly Holland
Much condolences to her family. She brought happiness wherever she went. She will be really missed.
A great friend for many years. Will miss her and all the fun times we had. Marge Bishop
Much Sympathy to you and your Family Nicole.
To a wonderful loving Aunt. Your smiling face and fun spirit will be missed. Much Love, Laura and Steven