Myrtle Blanche Artrip Kirk of Groveport, OH
Myrtle Blanche Artrip Kirk, 98, of Groveport, Ohio, formerly of Fort Gay, went to join the Heavenly host on January 15, 2012 Myrtle was born April 10, 1913 at Vinson Branch. near Glenhayes to the late Dixie Hardwick Artrip Fugett, and Boyd Artrip, who later died in the flu epidemic of 1918. Myrtle was a member of the New Testament Baptist Church of Mt. Gilead ,Ohio, she loved the Lord, and loved singing his praises. She exemplified proverbs ch. 31-10:31 Myrtle worked hard all her life, raising her eight children, plus four step sons and daughters on a hillside farm in Wayne County. Times were hard, but she endured every trial, including the loss of three children. Her faith was strong to the very end. Myrtle was a great hand at both sewing and knitting, and enjoyed reading and story telling. She loved working with her flowers, and could make anything grow. Myrtle was preceded in death by husband Walter Kirk Sr. and daughters Vemice Kirk and Betty Kirk Wellman, also by son, Mack Kirk, four step-children, Luther Kirk, Ira Kirk, Charlotte Russell, and Beatrice Perry. She was also preceded by brother George Artrip, sisters Carrie Taylor and Annie Blevins as well as half brothers Colonel Fugett, James Fugett, Albert Fugett and half sister, Francis Pratt. Myrtle is survived by six of her children; sons Walter (Betty) Kirk, and William (Linda) Kirk ,all of Marengo, Ohio and daughters Ruth Remchuck, of Sarastoa FI., Carrie (Charles) Callahan of Reynoldsburg,Ohio, Darlene (Errol) Tom of Hilliard, Ohio and Sharri (Bill) Sheats of Canal Winchester, Ohio Myrtle was also blessed with twenty-nine grandchildren and thirty-nine great grandchildren. Myrtle lived a long and fruitful life and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.