Fronalee Quirk

Fron Quirk, 92, long-time resident of Mission Hills, died October 25, 2012, in Kansas City. Known later in life as “Casey” to her family and friends, she was born in Lincolnton, NC, on Sept. 8, 1920, to Thomas and Katherine Palmer Eaker, and grew up in Lincolnton and later Charlotte. She met her husband, Robert James Quirk of Dubuque, IA, while working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where Bob was a special agent during the Second World War. The couple married in 1947, and lived in Dubuque and Davenport while Bob briefly practiced law. They moved to Kansas City in 1949 when Bob joined the newly-opened Bendix Aviation facility (now Honeywell), from which he retired as General Manager over 30 years later. Casey was a member of the Country Club Christian Church. She was a regular volunteer at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, where she donated her time for almost 20 years. She also volunteered extensively at the Pembroke Hill School and its predecessors, from which her three children and two of her grandchildren graduated. She was preceded in death by her husband, and is survived by her son Bill and wife Deborah of Kansas City, and their daughters Kathleen and Emily; her daughter Katie and husband Robert Jacob of Leawood, and their children Garrett and Meredith; and her son Jim and wife Judy of Colleyville, TX, and their children Bradley and Amy. She took special pride in her loving grandchildren, whose talents she greatly admired. Casey was an exemplary mother and grandmother. She quietly prodded and encouraged, and constantly sacrificed. Her ready smile and gentle manner will be sadly missed, but the lessons and values she imparted will endure. The family thanks caregiver Yolanda Pennington and the staff at Bickford Mission Springs Assisted Living, Dr. John Dunlap, and the dedicated caregivers at St. Joseph Hospital and Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care. Services will be private, with burial in Mount Moriah Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to remember Casey might consider charitable contributions either to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art or to Great Plains SPCA, a cause to which Casey was particularly attached, given her life-long affection for animals of all kinds. Arr: Signature Funerals, 8019 State Line Rd., KCMO. 816-215- 5174. Signature Funerals; honoring life; honoring death. 8019 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO 64114 (816) 214-5174

Published in Kansas City Star on October 28, 2012