Bonnie Jean Kirby

December 16, 1921 - April 9, 2010

Bonnie Jean Ferguson Ryalls Kirby, 88, a Hood River, Ore., resident, died April 9, 2010, at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital.
Vault entombment will be Saturday, April 17, at 11:30 a.m. at Idlewilde Cemetery Mausoleum.
Bonnie was born Dec. 16, 1921, in Hood River, Ore., to H.O. and Nellie Ferguson. She resided in Hood River throughout her life, except during college and portions of World War II.
She attended Hood River public schools, St. Helen’s Hall (now Oregon Episcopal School) and Oklahoma State University. Since her teenage years, she had been a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Hood River, and had served that parish in various positions, particularly including the altar guild.
Earlier in her life, she did volunteer work in various youth programs, for the American Red Cross and for the Hood River Memorial Hospital.
She married Kenneth W. Kirby in December 1948. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister Lucille Henderson; her first husband, Lt. Wm. Ryalls, U.S. Army Air Corps (World War II); and her husband of 61 years, Kenneth W. Kirby.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Kathy Kirby, of Salem, Ore.; and grandsons Ian Kirby, attending Linn-Benton Community College, and Sean Kirby, attending Southern Oregon University.
Other surviving family members include her brother and sister-in-law, Harold and Ann Kirby; nieces Mary Ann Wright, Sally Prichett and Barbara Sigl; and nephews Dr. George Kirby and Nick Kirby, all of the Hood River area.
Persons wishing to make donations in her memory may do so to the Kenneth W. Kirby 4-H Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit to leave a condolence for the Kirby family.


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