INDIANOLA – Sharon Kirby, an ordinary woman with extraordinary wit, passed away following a brief battle with liver cancer Monday, April 8, 2013 at the age of 81. Services are planned for Friday, April 12, 2013 at the Woodlawn Christian Church in Lake City, Iowa with visitation at 11 a.m. and the service to begin at 12 p.m. Interment will be in the Lake City Cemetery. Lampe Funeral Home in Lake City is handling arrangements.

Sharon Ruelle Sharkey Kirby was born March 21, 1932 to John Gilbert and Blanche Evelyn (Taylor) Sharkey in Lake City, Iowa. She married Dean Paul Kirby on Valentine’s Day in 1951. From this union, four children were born Shelly Jolene, John Paul, Kayla Ruelle, and Bryon Dean. Sharon and Dean started farming north of Lake City and later moved to the Lohrville area. Sharon was active in her church, the Woodlawn Christian Church in Lake City. She also was leader of many youth groups Rainbow, 4-H, Junior Garden Club to name a few. Sharon served on the Lohrville Community School Board as she was an ardent supporter of the importance of excellent public education. Sharon and Dean later divorced and Sharon moved to Indianola, Iowa where she opened a children’s clothing store, KinderHAUS. In addition, she became the housemother at the Pi Beta Phi fraternity house at Simpson College and made an impact on the lives of many young women.

Her parents preceded her in death. Surviving Sharon are her sister Jolene Sharkey Mapel, Carroll, Iowa; Aunt Bessie Sharkey Hendricks, Lake City, Iowa; Children: Shelly Priebe (Gregory) Indianola, Iowa, John Kirby (Carol) Carroll, Iowa, Kayla Reese (Barry) Gladbrook, Iowa and Bryon Kirby (Diane) Lohrville, Iowa. Grandchildren: Zachary Priebe, Margaret Priebe Johnston (Bradley), Tucker Priebe, Jacob Kirby, Jessica Reese Faith (David), Thomas Reese, Amanda Kirby, and Justin Kirby, special friends who were like family, and many dear nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorials may be directed to education and children, both close to Sharon’s heart scholarship funding at Simpson College or Blank Children’s Hospital. Online condolences can be left at