Anne Elizabeth Kirkwood
Anne Elizabeth Kirkwood was born January 12, 1929, in Petaluma, California, to parents Daniel and Isabella Broxmeyer. Anne was the youngest of nine children. While still a very young child, her family moved to Tillamook, Oregon.
Anne grew up in Tillamook. When she was 22 years old, she met Bob Kirkwood, and on February 23, 1952, the two were married. Daughter, Annette, was born in January of 1953, and son, Joe, was born in February of 1954. In 1956, the Kirkwood family moved to Madras, Oregon.
Anne was a wonderful wife and mother. Anne and Bob raised their kids to be respectful and polite, honest and hard working. In addition to being a great cook and housekeeper, Anne had a "colorful" sense of humor that kept her family entertained and happy.
Anne was an accomplished piano and electric organ player, and was actively involved in the choir at St. Patrick Catholic Church for many years. Husband Bob, was also musically gifted, and though he did not read music, he also could play the piano, the ukulele and guitar. Both Anne and Bob had nice singing voices, and passed on their love of music to their kids. Family singing sessions around the piano were not uncommon, and when the family went camping Bob brought out his ukulele every night and the family would sing around the campfire until it was time to turn in.
Anne was well known for the many years she spent as a grocery clerk in Madras. Her kindness, sense of humor and personality in general, lent to her being a very popular clerk, and to this day folks still share memories of Anne at the store. When she retired from the grocery business, she was hired as a secretary at the Drug and Alcohol Program in Warm Springs. Though she admitted her secretarial skills were a bit rusty at first, she soon grew to love that job, also.
In August of 1994, Anne was nearly killed in a fiery motor vehicle accident. She was severely burned, suffered a badly broken arm, the loss of a leg and an eye. If not for her strong will and the power of prayer, Anne would not have survived. She was able to return home after over five months in the hospital in Portland.
Anne's children cared for her the remaining 26 years of her life. A month before Anne died, her son, Joe, died of cancer. Her husband Bob passed away in 1988, and her granddaughter Erin lost her life in the same accident that nearly killed Anne. She was also preceded in death by her parents; her eight siblings; a niece; and three nephews. Anne is survived by her daughter, Annette; and several loving nieces and nephews.
Catholic services were held for Anne at St. Patrick Catholic Church on July 1, and she was buried at Mt. Jefferson Memorial Park.