Truly Louise McKirgan
1990 - 2016
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McKirgan, Truly Louise
Truly Louise McKirgan, a native of Scottsdale, Arizona, born on July 9, 1990, died on September 29, 2016 after a fierce, eight-year battle with heroin addiction. She is survived by her Father Robert McKirgan (Valerie), Mother Lori Hennesy (Mike), Brother Nick McKirgan, Sister Kacey Elam, Step Brother Lloyd Hennesy, Paternal Grandmother Louise McKirgan, Maternal Grandparents Peter and Truly VanBenschoten, along with many uncles, aunts, and cousins. She is predeceased by her grandfather John A. McKirgan. She graduated from the Spring Ridge Academy (High School). Truly loved to camp, play softball and go to the beach. She was an avid reader and loved to learn. She had dreams. She was bubbly and loving and intelligent. Growing up, her siblings were her best friends and she was passionately protective of them. Truly was deeply loved by her family and friends, and both they and Truly vowed to each other to never give up during her many battles. She was the bright light in every room and her spirit touched many lives, including many who suffered from the same disease. Truly worked for addiction rehabilitation facilities in Oklahoma and California, helping families place their loved ones in rehabilitation programs. She actively participated in the recovery community, mentoring several young women. Her loss is devastating to many and our wish is that if you have someone who suffers from addiction, you reach out for help for yourself and your loved one. Truly would not want us to cry, she would want us to fight against this horrific disease, as we are proud that she did to the end. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday, October 8, 2016 at Hansen Desert Hills Mortuary and Cemetery, 6500 East Bell Road, Scottsdale, Arizona, with a celebration of life to follow at the residence of Mark and Betsy VanBenschoten. Donations in Truly's honor may be made to the Not My Kid organization at or Magnolia New Beginnings at Please visit for online condolences.

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Published in The Arizona Republic on Oct. 5, 2016.
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July 10, 2017
I was so sorry to see this yesterday on the Helping Parents Heal anniversary website. My son went to school with Truly. I am fighting the fight and advocating for help for this horrible disease. Sincerely, Janece Hanks (Jonathan's Mom).
Janece Hanks
January 12, 2017
I talked with Truly in September 2012 . I was calling a rehab placement hotline .She was friendly and patient. I got waylaid in my alcohol addiction. And found her weeks later . She made it a point to assist me for about a week. Until I found a rehab facilities. That ultimately led to my sobriety. I count her as the start of my seeking help. I am very saddened by her passing. I could tell from the conversations we had in my stupor that she was a very generous soul. I owe all those who helped me , starting with Truly Mckirgan
Sean OHara
October 8, 2016
Katie Staggers
October 8, 2016
We are SO sorry to hear about Truly. My Niece Dylan Kelly met her at Spring Ridge and they quickly became friends. This is so sad but it is the truth about addiction. A young soul gone too soon!
Our hearts go out to her family and friends and Truly will always be in our thoughts and prayers! May God bless you all and as sad as it is....she is now at PEACE! Much Love always! <3 <3
Julie Stayrook
October 6, 2016
We are so sorry to hear of this tragic loss. Praying for peace for you and your family.
Myna Aiello
October 5, 2016
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Rod Schwalb
October 5, 2016
I just wrote a novel on facebook... again... because I cannot stop missing you, beautiful one. Your time here with us, on earth, has touched so many people. Mine. I'm thinking of all the funny times we had together in the last hour. The hour before that, I thought about all the mischief. Yesterday I thought about some scary stuff. Then later will think about all the love-stuff. One of the greatest gifts you have given me was your Mom. You know you were God's favorite to get the mother you have! Please keep sending the beautiful butterflies to her backyard. Send her as many angel-signs as you can. We know you're at peace and that is the biggest relief for all who know how you suffered with your illness. But Moms and Dads, sisters and brothers, grandparents, aunties & uncles & cousins.. they're the ones who hurt. Your friends too.... me. I love you and I miss you and you will ALWAYS be remembered as Beautiful Truly.
lynn knee
October 5, 2016
Lori, I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May you find peace in your heart and soul as you find your way through this time. Cyndy Breitbach
Cyndy Breitbach
October 5, 2016
I am deeply crushed by the loss of your beautiful daughter, Truly. I will continue to fight and advocate on behalf of Truly and others everyday.
Debbie Moak
October 5, 2016
Rest in peace sweet Angel!
I love you!
Amber Lowe
October 5, 2016
My heart goes out to you and your family Lori. I also lost my daughter in 2009 to this terrible disease. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Karen Nordstrand (Stewart)
October 5, 2016
May those who knew Truly find peace and comfort, and may the young women she was mentoring find the strength to keep fighting the battle in her honor.
Joy Jones
October 5, 2016
A beautiful soul gone too soon. Rest in peace Beautiful Truly
Nancy Harbin
October 5, 2016
Such a terrible loss
Paula Schilling
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