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Jean Kirkham

1923 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Jean Kirkham Obituary
Kirkham, Jean
1923 - 2017
Jean Canfield Kirkham. February 12, 1923-September 22, 2017. Jean Kirkham passed away peacefully in her sleep with her favorite hymns playing softly. She has lived a life of service to others, teaching piano and voice from the age of 17 to 91. Jean graduated from Ohio State University in Music Education in 1944. She directed the choir at Powell United Methodist Church for over 20 years and served that congregation as the Historian for many more years. Jean loved her family with all her heart. She married John E. Kirkham on Oct. 29, 1943 and they had four children. Sadly, she lost her devoted husband John in 1976. She leaves behind a lifetime of wonderful memories for her children, John A. (Vickie), Julianne (JR), Donald R., and Paul (Cheryl). Grandchildren were her special joy; Alyssa McIntyre (Barry), Brian Kirkham, Donald P. Kirkham (Rachael), Jonathon Kirkham (Amanda), and Ryan Kirkham. Great Grandchildren include Ethan, Nikole, Baylee, and Kennedy. She had many wonderful and devoted friends. She had dear friends from Powell High School and the Powell community where she lived her entire life. Special friends who were devoted to her to the end are too many to name, but they know who they are and that they were loved by her. Celebration of her life continues with visitation 5 PM – 8 PM Monday Sept. 2 at RUTHERFORD FUNERAL HOME, 450 West OlentangyStreet, Powell, and the funeral service to be held at 10 AM at the Powell United Methodist Church on Tuesday Sept 26. Burial to follow at Powell Cemetery. Condolences to the family at www.rutherfordfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Sept. 24, 2017
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