Allana Kirkbride, 83, of Independence, Mo., died Tuesday, April 8, 2014, after a short illness.|
She was born May 26, 1930, in Poplar Bluff, Mo., to Edgar and Clyda Burton. She married John (Jack) Kirkbride on April 23, 1949. She worked many years as a lithographer, first for Yearbook House and later for Vile-Goller Fine Arts. She was one of the first women to join the union. After retiring in 1984, Jack and Allana moved to Princeton, Mo., where they owned a small farm. They grew a large garden from which friends and family benefited. During their time in Princeton, Allana also worked at the Sherriff's office as a dispatcher. After returning to the Independence, Mo., area, she cared for many friends and family. She was an excellent cook and fed anyone that entered her home. She loved her jewelry and could accessorize any outfit from jeans to an evening gown. She was a long time member of Eastminster Presbyterian Church and after its closure became an active member of St. Luke's United Church of Christ. She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Jack; her daughter, Kittie Yantz; 3 brothers and 1 sister.
She is survived by her children, Dan (Marilee), Chris, and Nanette (Mike); 13 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren with one more expected in October.
Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at St. Luke's United Church of Christ, 727 N. Main St., Independence, MO 64050. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time Saturday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Luke's United Church of Christ or a
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.speakschapel.com.
Arrangements: Carson-Speaks Chapel, Independence, 816-252-7900.
Published in The Examiner on Apr. 10, 2014