Mary Joy Kirsch

July 10, 1927 - March 9, 2014

Mary Joy Kirsch, a resident of the Garden Home area for many years, died March 9 of causes related to Alzheimer’s disease at age SUBMITTED PHOTO - Mary Joy Kirsch

Mary Joy Ham was born July 10, 1927, in Cranbrook, B.C., Canada, and raised in Silverton, B.C., a town of approximately 200 people. Her mother, Elsie, was Canadian and her father, Arthur, was American. She attended the University of Oregon and was president of the Chi Omega sorority her senior year. During her time at the University of Oregon, she met her future husband, Walt Kirsch, while taking a typing class. They were married for 63 years.

Mrs. Kirsch enjoyed bridge club, gardening, tennis, golf and their wonderful cabin on Lake Merwin, which they owned for 30 years.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. Walter Kirsch, a retired Beaverton dentist; daughters Nancy Kirsch of Portland, Ore. and Laurie Quirk of Anacortes, Wash.; and grandsons Adam Nelson and Matt Johnson.

There will be a Celebration of Life on May 3, from 2 to 4 p.m., at Hearthstone at Murrayhill, 10880 S.W. Davies Road in Beaverton.

Donations in memory of Mary Joy Kirsch may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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