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Darlene Kirk, 82, of Baker City, Oregon, went home to Jesus on June 29, 2018 at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho surrounded by her family. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, July 9, 2018 ~ 2:00 p.m. at the Baker City Church of the Nazarene. Interment to follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception following the interment at the Baker City Church of the Nazarene.
Darlene Marie was born November 6, 1935 in Baker City, Oregon to Delbert and Thelma Craig. She was raised and educated in Baker City. At the age of 14 she started cooking for a crew of loggers. She graduated from Baker High School in 1953. During high school and after, she worked for her brother Ernie at the Little Pig Drive Inn for 23 years.
Darlene married the love of her life, LeRoy Kirk on September 3, 1971. LeRoy owned a logging business and Darlene would stay with him in the woods when he was out on the job. Every morning Darlene would get up at 2 a.m. to fix LeRoy a hot breakfast before he left for work.
Darlene‘s biggest joy was her family. She loved going to her grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s sporting events never wanting to miss a game, in fact, she would come an hour early. Cooking was something Darlene did with love; hosting family dinners, preparing church dinners and taking treats to her “Les Schwab boys” every Friday for the past 23 years.
Darlene routinely served the community and the body of Christ through food, prayer, and lending a helping hand. She lived her life in faith and love for Jesus which was evident in the way she lived her life.
Darlene loved the coast and the yearly coast trip with her daughter Shirley was a highlight of the year. Darlene loved her yard and she would get up early and work in her flowers and garden. She kept an immaculate home and the door was always open with an offering of fresh goodies that she loved to bake.
She was preceded in death by her husband LeRoy Kirk; brothers Charles and Ernie Craig; grandson Josh Pearce and her parents.
Darlene is survived by her daughter Shirley Robison (Jimmy) of Keizer, OR; grandsons Jake Pearce (Ashly) of Baker City, Bucky Pearce (Amy) of Keizer, OR; great-grandchildren Draven, Paige, Cadence and Wyatt; sister Ina Mae Parker of Kennewick;numerous nieces and nephews.
Darlene asked for those who would like to make a memorial donation in memory of her, that they be made to either St. Jude Children's hospital or to a charity of your choice through Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home and Cremation Services, PO Box 543, Halfway, Oregon 97834. The family requests memories of Darlene be shared at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com