Clara Kirk


Clara Kirk, born February 5, 1922, entered into rest on August 1, 2019 with her family beside her

Clara was born in Artis, South Dakota. She moved at an early age with her family to the Yakima Lower Valley. There she helped her mother with her several younger brothers and sisters as they were growing up. She also worked in the hops and other field work.

At the age of 15, Mom moved to East Wenatchee where she was a nanny for a large extended family, as well as helping in the kitchen. At a dance she met the love of her life, Lawrence Kirk of Rock Island. Two years later they married on July 5, 1940. They both worked in Wenatchee until they moved to Chelan in 1941. There they raised their two sons, Larry & Stanley. While in Chelan, she worked for Chelan Apple Co., Valley Evaporating, Campbell’s Resort, and Trout


In 1986, Mom sold her house in Chelan and moved to Wenatchee. For a time in Wenatchee she worked for Skookum Inc. During her years in Chelan and Wenatchee there were always plants and flowers as she had a very green thumb.

Clara was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence, plus all her siblings. She is survived by her sons and their wives: Larry and Sharon, Stanley and Joyce; grandchildren, Lynn & Birgit Kirk, Linda (Gary) King; great-grandchildren: Rylee and Gary, who called her GG; and several nieces and nephews.

A special Thank You to Dr. Jeffrey Clarke; the staff in the Progressive Care unit of Central Washington Hospital and at Prestige Assisted Living (Colonial Vista) for the care they gave Mom in the last days of her full life.

There will be a memorial on September 21, 2019 at Precht Rose Chapel in Chelan at 1:00 p.m. followed by refreshments at the Chelan Lutheran Church.

In lieu of flowers please donate to the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society.

Please express your thought and memories on the online guestbook at Arrangements by Jones & Jones – Betts Funeral Home.


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