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Nina Bernice Newkirk


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Nina Bernice Newkirk Obituary
Nov. 27, 1921 - Dec. 21, 2016

Our Nina went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, Dec. 21. She was 95 years old, having been born at home on a farm in Turlock, CA, to Martin and Suzanne (Annie) Mark. Her family moved to Woodland during the depression, where she grew up and went to local schools, graduating from Woodland High School.

As a young teenager, she traveled all over Woodland on her roller skates, sometimes drawing the ire of the caretakers of the Yolo County Court House and the Woodland City Police Department for skating on the sidewalks.

She was a majorette at Woodland High School. In the 1940 Davis Picnic Day Parade, State Majorette competition, she was awarded a rhinestone studded baton for being the best majorette in the state.

She played on the Emil's Girls softball team as a pitcher, and the team won the 1941 women's state fast-pitch softball championship. In 1991, the surviving team members were honored at the Woodland Athletic Hall of Fame and Athlete of the Year Banquet. She was also a member of the Woodland Donkey Baseball team.

In 1939, she caught the eye of her future husband, Charley Newkirk, while strutting as a majorette. The interest continued while they both attended the youth group at the Woodland Foursquare Church. They were married in Carson City, NV, May 30, 1942. Soon, Charley was called into military service. Nina followed him as he trained for the Army Air-Corps as a B17 and B24 pilot in Alpine, TX, and Riverside, CA. When he was transferred overseas, she returned to Woodland where she worked at Spreckles Sugar Company as a lab technician. When Charley was discharged from the service, he became a California Highway Patrolman and they lived in Bakersfield, Vallejo, and Janesville, CA, until his retirement. They were married for 50 years.

She was a homemaker and mother. She loved to cook and bake for her family and others, and worked in her flower garden, which was always lovely. She was a member of the California Highway Patrol Women's association while living in Vallejo, and worked for many years on the Janesville Election Board while living there. She was an avid bowler and won many championship trophies and league titles, including second in state in "C" division in Sacramento, CA, 1975.

Nina became a born again Christian in her teenage years and loved the Lord with all her heart. She was a member of the Woodland and Vallejo Foursquare Churches and the Janesville Little Log Cabin Baptist Church. She had an active church life and prayed for her family and church regularly. She was a Sunday school teacher, soloist, and choir member. At the Little Log Cabin Baptist Church in Janesville, she was a worship leader and choir director. Charley and Nina led home Bible studies for many years with lots of Nina's good food afterwards.

She was preceded in death by her her parents, Martin and Suzanna Mark; her husband, Charley Lester Newkirk; sister, Helen Johnson; and brother, Ralph Mark. After the death of Charley, she moved back to Woodland to be near her children. She is survived by her three children, daughter, Nina Joanne Stadel and husband, Jerry, of Woodland; daughter, Lois Ann Seymour and husband, Tom, of Morro Bay; and son, James Lee Newkirk and wife, Laura, of Robbins, CA. She is survived by her grandchildren, Rebecca Greb, Jennifer Quattlebum, Charley Newkirk, Robert Newkirk, and Timothy Newkirk. She is also survived by two great-granddaughters, Bailey Greb and Grace Newkirk; as well as nephews, Jay Newkirk and Eric Mark; nieces, Lavon (Johnson) Burstiner and Laura (Mark) Hornbuckle; and many grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

We would like to thank the staff of Sacred Heart Senior Care Home and Alderson Convalescent Hospital for their tender care of our dear mother in her late years.

There will be a viewing on Wednesday, Jan. 4, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Kraft Brothers Funeral Home, 175 Second St., Woodland. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 5, at Woodland City Cemetery, 800 West St.,Woodland, California.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Northern California .
Published in Daily Democrat from Jan. 1 to Jan. 3, 2017
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