H. Kathryn (Kirk) Walling

Born: Wed., Mar. 21, 1917
Died: Tue., Apr. 30, 2019


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., May 11, 2019
Location: Oblong Cemetery

Graveside Service

11:00 AM Sat., May 11, 2019
Location: Oblong Cemetery

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Mrs. H. Kathryn (Kirk) Walling, 102, Victoria, Texas, passed away at home on April 30, 2019 surrounded by her loving family.  She was born in Oblong, Illinois on March 21, 1917 to Otis McLung Kirk and Lucy Luella (Smith) Kirk.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of over 50 years, Carl Edward Walling; brothers, Merritt Ross Kirk, Melvin McLung Kirk, and Otis Richard Kirk; and nephews, John Kirk and Michael Kirk.  Kathryn is survived by her son, John Otis Walling; granddaughter, Sara Louise (Walling) Long and her husband Keith Long; great grandchildren, Joshua, Jacob and Jude Long; and nephews, Rick and Samuel Kirk.

Kathryn graduated from Wirt Grade School, Oblong Township High School and Good Samaritan School of Nursing in Vincennes, Indiana. She worked numerous positions as director nursing, public health nurse and obstetrics in hospitals in Indiana, Wisconsin and Illinois up to and during the WWII.  When her son J. O. Walling was born she postponed her nursing career until he entered grade school in Norris City.  She then worked in obstetrics in Fairfield Hospital.  When Carmi Township Hospital was being built she went to work as nursing supervisor of surgery and emergency room, director of nurses and retired as hospital administrator.  While she was the hospital's administrator the hospital paid off the hospital’s bond, guided the hospital through the new Medicare program, and left the hospital financially sound.
She was a member of First United Methodist church.  She had great faith in the Lord and set a great example for all who knew her.

Kathryn liked going to sporting events and watching them on TV.  She liked baking her Christmas rolls and her donuts were always a treat for family and neighbors.  She canned vegetables from Carl's large gardens.  She and Carl enjoyed many years wintering in Florida in their camper trailer.

Once her granddaughter was born Kathryn and Carl moved to Victoria, Texas.  Watching her granddaughter grow up and her great grandchildren starting this process, was the true joy of her life.

The family sends special thanks to South Texas Hospice and Martha Bentley for their loving care of our Special Lady.

Visitation will be Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 10:00 – 11:00 am at Pulliam Funeral Home in Oblong.  Graveside services will follow at 11:00 am at the Oblong Cemetery with Pastor Imelda Ramos officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of South Texas or First Methodist Church of Victoria, Texas.

Condolences and or memories may be sent to the family at www.oblongfuneralhome.com.

Pulliam Funeral Home Oblong, IL is in charge of arrangements.

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Donna Fish (Duncan)
   Posted Fri May 03, 2019
My mom just passed away in Feb. Not easy, thinking of you J.O. and your family at this difficult time.

Patti (Hart) Loveall
   Posted Fri May 03, 2019
I want to express my deepest sympathy on passing of Kathryn. You don't know me but my parents Andy and Faye Hart (lived in Enfield ) were very good friends of Kathryn and Carl. I think my Dad and Carl worked together for Marathon Pipeline maybe at Centerville but I'm not real sure I was the youngest in our family but I remember my Mom and Dad also talking
about them. You were so lucky to have her for so long.
Praying for your family during this time
Patti (Hart) Loveall

Donna and Gary Barton
   Posted Sat May 04, 2019
Gary and I wanted to tell you how sorry we were to hear of your loss. We are thinking of you and your family at this time of sadness. Take solace in the memories of good times that you shared with your Mother. We’ll keep you in our prayers. Donna and Gary Barton

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