Helen C. Kirby
1931 - 2020
O'Neill-Hayes Funeral Home - Newport
465 Spring St.
Newport, RI
Helen C. Kirby
Helen Cliniff Kirby of Jupiter, Florida and Middletown, RI, wife of Jerome R. Kirby Jr. died at home in Middletown, RI on March 5, 2020.
Born in Newport, RI on February 6, 1931, she was predeceased by her parents William Lawrence Cliniff and Elizabeth Amos Cliniff.
Besides her husband of sixty-six years Helen is survived by her seven children; Kathleen Kirby Greenman (Christopher), Jerome R. Kirby III (Kim), Kevin J. Kirby (Libby), Agatha Kirby Perkins (Tom), Matthew O. Kirby (Michelle), Myra E. Kirby, Nicolas P. Kirby (Claudia); thirteen grandchildren, Eliza Greenman Burlingame (Andrew), Emma Kirby Greenman Culver (Robert), Jerome R. Kirby IV, Seamus D. Kirby, Jessica A. Kirby (Craig), James W. Kirby II, Tucker Mulligan Kirby, Emily B. Perkins, Owen T. Perkins (Margaret), Matthew O. Kirby Jr., M. Oliver Kirby, Liam J. Kirby, Lucas C. Kirby; three step grandchildren, Olivia Krys, Julia Krys, Ruben Krys; two great grandchildren Jerome R. Kirby V and Marin Rose Kirby Mackay.
Helen attended Newport public schools, graduating from Rogers High School in 1949 and from Newport Hospital School of Nursing in 1952. After a brief career in nursing Helen married and moved with her husband to his posting at the Second Marine Division, Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. She returned to Aquidneck Island in 1955. Helen was a member of the Newport Country Club, the Viking Bridge Club, the Preservation Society of Newport County, and a former member of Ida Lewis Yacht Club. She was a volunteer for the Newport Hospital Meals on Wheels and the Preservation Society of Newport County. For the past twenty-five years Helen was a member of the Jonathan's Landing Golf Club, in Jupiter Florida, the Jonathan's Landing Bridge Club and the Jonathan's Landing Traveling Bridge Team. A genteel, competitive golfer she was a member of the Hole in One Club at Jonathan's Landing. Helen won the Rhode Island Championship of the National Breast Cancer Benefit Tournament with her Newport Country Club foursome and several other golf tournaments over the years with her husband and friends.
Visiting hours will be held Sunday, March 8 from 3-6 pm in the O'Neill-Hayes Funeral Home, 465 Spring St, Newport. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Monday, March 9 in St. Mary's Church, Newport at 10:00 am. Burial will follow at St. Columba Cemetery, 465 Brown's Ln, Middletown.
Donations can be made in Helen's honor to St. Mary's Church Building Improvement Fund, PO Box 547, Newport, RI 02840 or by visiting www.stmarynewport.weshareonline.org/ChurchImprovement
For more information and online condolences, please visit www.oneillhayes.com.
Published by Newport Daily News from Mar. 6 to Mar. 9, 2020.
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My condolences to the entire Kirby family. May you find solace in the great memories.
Amanda Parten
March 18, 2020
May the God of all comfort sustain your family during the days ahead Psalms 119:76
March 9, 2020
Dear Aggie and the Kirby Family, May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. Please accept my sincere condolences.
Gail Morlock DeSisto
March 9, 2020
to all the kirbys,,,treasure the memories..there were many...in doing so I pray you find peace...Maureen Gallagher dever...largo fl
maureen gallagher dever
March 8, 2020
Sarah Barclay
March 8, 2020
a loved one
March 8, 2020

My deepest sympathy to you and your whole family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Noelle Shiland
March 8, 2020
Dear Myra and entireKirby family,

Another Angel is in Heaven, your Mom May I extend my sincere condolences, on her demise .
Best wishes to You ,all.
Affectionately, Dolores Houston
Dolores Houston
March 8, 2020
Myra, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts.
Katie McDonald
March 7, 2020
Helen and my mother were golf buddies and always were laughing. So sorry for the Kirby familys loss.
Jamie Tollefson
March 7, 2020
Joseph Corcoran
March 7, 2020
She was a great lady. Always kind and a great smile. Would like to extend sincere sympathy to the Kirby family.
Peter Saunders
March 7, 2020
Helen to me was the epitome of kindness, grace and selflessness. All those qualities presented with a ready, gentle smile. She faced her cancer journey with everything she had, and was a role model for us all. Helen will be truly missed, and will remain in many, many hearts forever. Bill and I were blessed to have called her our friend. With lots of love to you all, Katie B.
Katie Barrack
March 6, 2020
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