Oct. 7, 1917 – Aug. 24, 2012
Clare C. Kirkwood, 94, of Ryan, died at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester on Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, following a short illness.
Clare was born to Henry and Thais (Van Meter) Adams on Oct. 7, 1917. She was the first girl born at the John McDonald Hospital in Monticello, and was raised in the Monticello area. Clare attended Lovell Country School and then Monticello High School. She furthered her education at Lenox College in 1934-1935 and St. Luke’s 1935-1938 for her nursing degree. She worked in “private duty” in 1938-1939.
Clare married Howard “Howdy” Kirkwood on April 5, 1939, where they lived on their farm near Delhi until they moved in 1943, to their present farm near Ryan. Together they raised two children; a daughter Sharon and son Barton.
Clare was a member on several church boards, and started the Golden Country Club Women’s Group in 1944. Clare was a ‘caretaker’ of those she loved and kept busy with her quilting, crocheting, gardening and baking. There was never a time when she visited her family that she didn’t bring some kind of ‘goodie’ to eat.
Clare is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Don Lange, Ryan; four grandchildren: Lance (Kathy) Lange, Rowley; Marcia (Brian) Voelker, Ryan; Gwen Pledge and Brenda Tjaden of Cedar Rapids; great-grandchildren, Deven, Jenna, Justin, Rachel, Amber, Jasmine, Joseph, Lindsay, Devin, Olivia, Laureen, and Naudia; many great-great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Gayla Ruiz, Cedar Rapids; her sister and brother in law, Betty and Carl Wolken, Monticello; a step sister, Betty Mae Airy, Marion; two sisters-in-law, Marilyn Kirkwood, Hopkinton and Anna Adams, Anamosa; and many nieces and nephews.
She was proceeded in death by her husband, Howard, in 2009; a son, Barton, in 1975; her parents; two brothers, Fay Adams and Dale Adams; one sister, Kathleen Reed; three brothers-in-law, Harrison Reed, Vernon and Maurice Kirkwood; a sister-in-law, Ruth Adams; her step-mother, Blanche Adams; and her step-brother, James Corwin.