Opal KirkhamNovember 17, 1909 ~ March 3, 2009 (age 99)
Opal N. Kirkham, 99, of Franklin, Indiana formerly of North Vernon, Indiana passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2009 in the late afternoon at the Franklin Methodist Community Home, Franklin, Indiana. Mrs. Kirkham retired in 1971 after 50 years of Teaching. She taught school at the Scipio, Butlerville and Vernon Elementary Schools here in Jennings County. She was a member of the Indiana State Retired Teachers Association, National Retired Teachers Association, Vernon Baptist Church, Delta Kappa Gamma Chapter. She was a Past Matron and 75 year member of The North Vernon Chapter #183, Order of the Eastern Star. Funeral Services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2009 at the Vernon Baptist Church in Vernon, Indiana with the Rev. Don Morris officiating. Friends may call at the Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home on Thursday, March 7, 2009 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., and from Noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Church on Friday, an Eastern Star service will be conducted by members of the North Vernon Chapter #183, Order of the Eastern Star at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in the Vernon Cemetery. Memorials may be made through the Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home to the Vernon Baptist Church and Hospice of South Central Indiana. Online condolences may be given to the family at www.dovesharprudicel.com Born November 17, 1909 in Jennings County, she was the daughter of Perry C. and Ola F. Ferris Beck. She Married Charles Kirkham on June 11, 1941. He preceded her in death on January 13, 1992. Mrs. Kirkham is survived by Nephews, Robert and Francis Kirkham both of North Vernon, Indiana and David Kirkham of Dupont, Indiana; a niece Carolyn Yates of Lake Mary, Florida and a sister in-law Jane Roane of Mooresville, Indiana. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a daughter Sharon Kirkham.