Mary A. Kirkman

Mary A. Kirkman
Mary Agnes (Sack) Kirkman, 95, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on May 13, 2019. One of thirteen children born to Christopher and Agnes (Waller) Sack on March 26, 1924, she grew up in Seneca, Kan. and graduated from Saints Peter and Paul Catholic High School. Mary moved to Kansas City, Mo., during WWII where she worked for Hallmark. While in Kansas City, she met and married Delmar C (Tuffy) Kirkman on February 24, 1945. Mary and Delmar made their home in Houston, Mo., where six children were born of this marriage.
Mary worked for the Houston Elementary School System as an office administrator for 25 years. She was an original member of St Mark’s Catholic Church and spent her lifetime active in church functions. Mary was also a 37-year volunteer with Texas County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. She was best known for her sunny disposition, kindness to all, and her daily zest for life. Mary’s pride and joy was her unconditional, enduring love for and within her family as well as the countless friends she acquired over her lifetime.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Delmar in 1982; her son, James (Jimmy) in 1995; infant great-grandson, Will Shipman in 1999; and eleven of her siblings. She is survived by five children, Connee Kirkman, Springfield, Mo., Bill Kirkman (Susan), Springfield, Mo., Becky Leier, Joe Kirkman (Tammy), and Mary Beth Shea (Charlie), all of Houston, Mo.. Mary is also survived by twelve grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; and one sister, Joann Davis, Lincoln, Neb.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Mark’s Catholic Church. Online condolences may be expressed at
A Funeral Mass was held Saturday, May 18, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at St Mark’s Catholic Church. Burial was in Boone Creek Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Pallbearers were: her six grandsons, Jeff Allen, Tony Leier, Nick Leier, Chris Kirkman, Dustin Kirkman, and Michael Shea.


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