Linda Kirkham of Harvest, AL underwent double valve heart surgery at Vanderbilt June 9th, and never awoke. She passed away on June 12th, 2015. She endured heart surgery in 1979 and again in 2013. All problems stemming from rheumatic fever at an early age.
She was born in Oklahoma near the end of WW2 to Dewey and Sybil Hess. She was the last of her family, having lost a sister and brother to cancer, a brother to a jeep accident in the Army, a sister to emphysema and a younger sister to multiple health issues.
She moved to Meeker, CO at a very early age, completing high school there. She then moved to Durango, put herself through secretarial school and worked for the San Juan Basin Health Unit. She and Robert Kirkham were married in Durango in 1969 and shortly thereafter moved to Roxton, Texas.
She remained in Texas for 10 years, spent 9 years in Tucson, then moved to Huntsville, AL in 1988. During those years she earned degrees in computer science and business and developed a long list of hobbies and interests – flying, hiking, biking, yoga, Tai Chi, water colors, acrylic painting, photography, writing poetry, Haikus and more. Excelling in all. She retired from the University of Alabama at Huntsville, having worked more than 10 years as a budget analyst.
She was always devoted to her daughters: Amber and Heather; and grandchildren: Brandon, Aquarius and ChinaCat. They were her greatest joy and her source of inspiration.
Services will be held at First Christian Church in Huntsville Friday, June 19, at 2:00pm with visitation at 1:00pm.
NASHVILLE FUNERAL AND CREMATION 615-256-1605