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Columbia Missourian

Kathryn Kirsch, May 8, 1926 — May 7, 2013, of Columbia

By Memorial Funeral Home
May 9, 2013 | 6:15 p.m. CDT

Kathryn Huey Kirsch, known as Virginia to her friends and family, passed away at Columbia Manor in Columbia on Tuesday, May 7. She was 86.

A funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at Midway Heights Baptist Church in Columbia, with visitation at the church at 10:00 a.m. that morning.

She was born on May 8, 1926, in Blodgett, Missouri, to Harvey Huey and Lillian (Brumley) Huey. She married Grover Kirsch on May 15, 1949, in Fornfelt, Missouri. They spent their first year of marriage in Chicago; then moved to Cahokia, Illinois. A job transfer sent them to Cape Girardeau, Missouri in 1965. Upon retirement they moved to Columbia.

She had many interests, but her passion was family gatherings. She delighted in hosting family visits and her home was full of good food, love and welcome for all.

She is survived by her husband, Grover Kirsch, two daughters, Deshay Rust and husband Stephen Rust of Columbia, and Michelle Red and husband Mike Red of Liberty Hill, Texas; two granddaughters, April Harkin and Delaney Red, and numerous nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents and by her sister Mary Lee Walker.

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