Martha Peek Kirklin

Martha Peek Kirklin, 101, of Ellwood City and Bowie Maryland, joyfully and peacefully made her transition to be with her Heavenly Father at her daughter Portia’s home in Bowie on Saturday evening, November 30, 2013.

She was born in Cedartown, Georgia, on December 18, 1911, the daughter of the late William V. Peek and the late Mattie L. Brown Peek. For much of her life, she was a dedicated mother and homemaker. She later worked as a dental assistant for Dr. J.R. Paige in New Castle, PA for many years.

She was raised in her mother’s church, Love Hope Baptist Church, but in later years was an active member of Trinity A.M.E. Church, both in Ellwood City. Active in her community, Martha was President of the Lawrence County Dental Assistants in the 1970’s, served on the Council of the Ellwood City Hospital Auxiliary, was a 4-H leader, and a WIC volunteer.

She was the beloved wife of Perry W. Kirklin, Sr., who preceded her in death on December 25, 1981. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Joyce Estella Kirklin Perry, who died August 3, 2013, a brother, William Peek, a sister, Margaret Nelson and a granddaughter, Ralyn Kirklin.

Martha is survived by three sons and two daughters: Dr. Perry W. (and Betty) Kirklin, Jr. of Lakeland, FL; Portia H. Dixon of Bowie, MD; Percy L. (and Patricia) Kirklin of Los Angeles, CA; Letitia M. (and William) Dyson of Washington, DC; and Dr. Duane R. (and Ruby) Kirklin of Monrovia MD; and special Godchildren, Leroy Evans and Janice Evans Hogan. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grand sons, 5 nieces and nephews (Nelsons), and many great nieces and great nephews.

Friends will be received from 11 A.M. until the time of a home-going service at 1 P.M. on Saturday, December 7, 2013 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue, with her grandnephew, Pastor Kenneth Wright, of Antioch Baptist Church of Upper Marlboro, MD, officiating.

Entombment will be in the Slippery Rock Cemetery Mausoleum, Ellwood City.

She has been described as classy and sassy, but Martha was an angel among us. She loved helping others. She was loved not only by her family, but by many in her community of Ellwood City. She walked and spoke in love, humility, compassion, strength and dignity in completing her earthly course.

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