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Robin Kirk

June 22, 2011

Robin Kirk, who was a resident of Starkville, Ponca City, Okla., Austin, Texas, and Fayetteville, Ark., passed away Friday, June 17, at her home in Fayetteville. She was 74.
Robin was born April 6, 1937, in Starkville, the daughter of Lottye Reed and Robert Pressley Hartness. She attended school in Starkville from elementary school through graduation from Mississippi State University. She married Clyde Quitman Sheely, Jr. in 1959 and they had three children, Pamela Katherine, Stephen Robert and Tiffany Anne. She and James Curtis Kirk married in 1977 and made their home in Austin for 22 years before moving to Fayetteville in 2005.
She is survived by her brother, Joe Hartness, and wife Gail of Hutto, Texas; children, Pam Dickerson and husband Don of Ponca City, Steve Sheely and wife Marla of Fayetteville, and Tiffany Young and husband Bert of Bladenboro, N.C.; step-children James Kirk and wife Janet, Steven Kirk and wife Marcie, Gilbert Kirk and wife Marie, and Carol Kirk; eight grandchildren, Lindsey Reed, Davis Dyer Dickerson, Jordan Lee, John Hartness, Joseph Robert Sheely, Lillian Katherine, Gwyneth Hartness and Ainsley Laurel Young; special caregiver Sheena Renae Owens of Fayetteville; eight step-grandchildren, James Kirk, Shoshanna Buckingham and husband Keith and their daughter, Chloe; Paul, Benjamin and Jonathan Kirk; Kristopher Stromberg, Margaret Sefton and husband Billy and their son Penn, Elizabeth Hewitt and husband Bobby and their children Hunter and Sarah Beth.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and stepdaughter Katherine Kirk Stromberg.
Spending time with family and friends was very important to her. She loved to participate in her children’s and grandchildren’s activities and traveled often to be with them. She also enjoyed reading, genealogy, and working with the Austin Assistance League and various other charities.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, at Rolling Hills Baptist Church in Fayetteville, with an informal interment in Starkville on Friday, June 24, at 10 a.m. in Memorial Garden Park. Arrangement in Fayetteville is under the direction of Nelson-Berna and in Starkville, Welch Funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Washington Regional Hospital Hospice, 34 Colt Square, Fayetteville, AR 72703; Assistance League of Austin, 4901 Burnet Road, Austin, Texas 78756; Rolling Hills Baptist Church, 1400 Rolling Hills Dr., Fayetteville, AR, 72703; M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas; American Cancer Society; and the Cooperative Emergency Outreach, 419 W. Rock, Fayetteville, AR.
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Arrangements are under the direction of Nelson-Berna Funeral Home and Crematory of Fayetteville.

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