BENTON - Marjorie Kathryn Suter Kirkpatrick passed away Oct. 29, 2004, at the Ratliff Care Center in Cape Girardeau.
Born May 19, 1912, in Diehlstadt, to Willis and Ida Sanders Suter, she was the eldest of seven children.
She was married to Otto Francis Kirkpatrick on Dec. 19, 1930, at Charleston and he preceded her in death on Dec. 16, 1986.
Surviving are three children and spouses, Richard and Faye Kirkpatrick of Charleston, Mary Kathryn Markey of Bartlett, Tenn., and Frances and Ron Anderssen of Leopold; one brother, Norman Suter of Mount Dora, Fla.; one sister, Jenny Suter of Leesburg, Fla.; and nine grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and numerous loving nieces, nephews and friends.
Mrs. Kirkpatrick worked in various offices and for many volunteer organizations during her life. In Charleston, in the University of Missouri Extension office, she was the soils lab tester and, also in Charleston and Benton, in the Farm Bureau Insurance offices. She and her husband retired from farming in Scott County in 1975 and relocated to Benton.
She was a member of the Benton United Methodist Church and president of the United Methodist Women's Club for 25 years. Also an active member of several organizations, she was vice president of the Lusk Chapel Extension Club. She was past secretary of the United Cerebral Palsy Board and until age 85 she served as a volunteer in the Sikeston Regional Care Center X-Ray Department.
Instrumental in the establishment of the Kenny Rogers Children's Center in Sikeston, she was a member of the original committee and made numerous trips across the country with other members to work diligently for the establishment of this facility. Certainly neither she nor any of us could know that her own great-grandson would be able to use this facility. And if it were not for her hard work and contributions, quite possibly that facility might not be here today to help him and untold numbers of other children.
Services were conducted at 11 a.m. today at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Benton.
Burial followed in the Maynard Cemetery near Diehlstadt.
Those who have been fortunate to have her in their lives can only remember her presence and influence of one of the most precious blessings from God. She truly was a gift.