Opal Gayle Kirby

Opal Gayle Kirby

Opal Gayle Kirby, 92, of Goreville, and formerly of Anna, died at 4:42 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, at Parkway Manor in Marion.

She was born in Marion on Aug. 18, 1927, the daughter of Francis and Carrie Foster Casper. 

She married Harold “Bud” Kirby in Goreville on March 27, 1946. Together, they shared 30 years of marriage, until his passing on July 28, 1976.

Prior to her retirement, Mrs. Kirby had worked as a licensed practical nurse at the Choate Mental Health and Developmental Center in Anna.

Survivors include a son, Gregory Kirby and wife Jerry of Valparaiso, Ind.; a son, Nick Kirby and wife Chris of Gorham, Maine; a daughter, Peggy Carroll and husband Bill of Goreville; eight grandchildren, Joseph Krysa and wife Michelle, Vanessa Boyler and husband Sean, G. Logan Kirby, Elise Kirby, Meredith Files, Kyle Kirby and wife Elizabeth, Clinton Carroll and Megan Carroll Hope and husband Jack; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a sister, Delores Culp; and a brother, Buddy Casper.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Blue Funeral Home in Goreville. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society.  

Blue Funeral Home in Goreville is in charge of arrangements.

A memorial guest register can be found at www.bluefuneralhome.com.

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