Janice “Sue” Kirk, 67, of Cowden, IL passed away at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 6, 2020 at home surrounded by her loved ones.
Sue was born on January 9, 1953, in Canon City, CO, the daughter of Henry B. and Mary Catherine (White) Grady. Sue and James B. Kirk were united in holy matrimony on September 19, 1972 in Lakewood and enjoyed 29 years of marriage before his passing on November 3, 2001. Sue worked as an RN for many years in Shelbyville, Decatur and Pana hospitals. She and James faithfully attended the Lakewood United Methodist Church for many years. Sue loved to laugh, whether it be with family or friends, her sense of humor and her laughter were contagious and she always knew just the right thing to say at just the right time to lift one’s spirits. She loved to brag about her children and grandchildren. They brought so much joy to her life.
Sue is survived by her daughter, Catherine M. (Adam) Mathias of Taylorville; son, James (Nicole) Kirk of Taylorville; grandchildren: Brock M. Mathias, Anna M. Mathias, Jessica F. Mathias, Braylon J. Kirk and Tinley N. Kirk and great-grandson, Castiel O. Mathias.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers: Henry O. Grady and Billy Lynn Grady and sister, Mary L. Ritchel.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, September 11, 2020 at Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Cowden with Pastor Don “Satch” Thomas officiating. Burial will take place in Red Bank Cemetery in Lakewood. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Cowden. Memorials may be made in Sue’s name to the Salvation Army or the donor’s favorite charity.
Sue grew up in poverty, she in turn loved to give generously. She believed that charity begins at home. In lieu of flowers, at Sue’s request, please donate to a neighbor, relative or friends in need. Whether it be a college kid living on Ramen noodles, a single mom trying to make ends meet or your lonely next-door neighbor. Pick someone near you, or an organization close to your own heart and give generously. Remember Sue’s smile as you give.
Family and friends are invited to light a candle or share a story in Sue’s honor at www.lockartgreenfuneralhome.com.