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Obituary: Shirley Ann Martinsen Kirby

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Shirley Ann Martinsen Kirby, beloved wife, mother and grandmother quietly returned to her Heavenly Father on Sept. 10, 2001 after a long courageous battle with leukemia. There she was greeted by her father and sister whom she has long missed.

Shirley was born June 23, 1936 in Salt Lake City to Parley Alfred Martinsen and Judith Andora Stenersen. She married Lawrence Glenn Kirby in the Salt Lake Temple on September 17, 1957.

Shirley was very devoted to her family. Sacrificing both her time and her health to ensure that her family always had the necessities of life. She made her home a place of comfort and joy to all who visited. One of her greatest joys was to have her grandchildren visit and have them share their talents with her. She passed her love of music, reading and art on to her children and grandchildren, all of whom loved to sing and share their talents with her.

Shirley was always active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In addition to many other callings, she served as Primary president when her children were young. She passed her love of the gospel on to her children and will continue to inspire them as she carries on the work she's been called to do. She spent many years as the accompanist to the ward Relief Society.

She is survived by her mother Judith Martinsen, her husband Larry, her children Gary (Liz) Kirby, Doug (Holly) Kirby, Wendy (Dave) Jones, Deborah Kirby, Katherine (Dennis) Rupp, Elizabeth Varanakis and sixteen grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, sister Betty Joyce Martinsen Dansie, brother-in-law Clint Dansie and her niece Vickie Lynn Dansie .

Shirley will be missed by those who loved her very much. They understand the happiness she now feels as she is freed from the bonds of this mortality and enjoys the company of those that have preceded her.

Funeral service will be held on Thursday Sept. 13, 2001, 1200 noon, at Rodeo Lane Chapel 6350 So. Rodeo Lane (1540 E.). Family and friends may call on Wednesday Sept. 12, 2001 from 7-9 PM at Mountain View Memorial Estates (3115 E. 7800 So.) and one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Interment following service at Mountain View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers please make donations in her honor to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society,180 So. 300 W., Suite 260, Salt Lake City, UT 84101.