BEULAH — Mildred “Millie” P. Kirby, of Beulah, died Jan. 18, 2014, at the age of 91. Born in Flint on Feb. 13, 1923, she was the daughter of Cecil Welsh and Blanch Stoner.
Millie and Chester Kirby were united in marriage on July 25, 1941; they celebrated 72 years of marriage.
She loved making quilts, being active playing golf and bowling and enjoyed a home-cooked meal. Millie collected dolls and old car models. She was a strong-willed woman, and she said what was on her mind.
In 1977 Millie retired from AC Delco.
She is survived by her husband, Chester; son, James (Debbie) Kirby; daughter-in-law, Kathryn Kirby; grandchildren, Rick Emberton, Bill (Terri) Emberton, Daniel (Jenn) Kirby, Kenneth (Marcy) Kirby, Tim (Crystal) Kirby, Eber John Atkins, Shelly Emberton, Heather (Chris) Cox, Laurie Redlux (Mark), Brenda Cavanaugh and Ronda Schotten; and 19 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by daughter, Ella Mae Kister; son, Ronald G. Kirby; parents; and sisters, June Watt and Dorine Reidell.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Jowett Family Funeral Homes, 7223 South St., Benzonia, MI 49616, with the Rev. Dinah Haag officiating.
Arrangements are by Jowett Family Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, Benzonia.