Ruth Louise "Nana" Kirksey

Born: Wed., Nov. 26, 1919
Died: Sat., Feb. 5, 2011

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Ruth Louise "Nana" Kirksey, 91, of Portsmouth, was promoted to Glory on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at the SOMC Hospice Center. She was born in Columbus, Ohio, November 26, 1919 to the late Walter and Lela Louise Ross Bowen. Nana was a homemaker, a former foster grandparent for West End Ministries, Avon saleslady, and a part-time elevator operator at the National Bank Building. She was a member of Living Faith Temple for 40 years where she was a Deaconess and a member of the Mothers Board. Ruth attended the former Washington School, graduated from PHS in 1937 and then attended the University of Cincinnati for one year.


Her husband, Excel Kirksey, whom she married in Greenup, KY on April 6, 1938, preceded her in death Feb.14, 1988. She was also preceded in death by her son, Edward Marcellus Kirksey; and her grandson, Scott Kirksey.


Surviving Nana are her grandson, Marc Kirksey of Portsmouth; granddaughters, Shellie Thomas and Danielle Adair of Columbus, Kelly Taylor and Ruth Marie Kirksey-Burke of Laurel, MD, Melissa Booth of Centerville, GA and Lorie Corke and Amy Lisath of Portsmouth; 14 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren; and her former daughter-in-law Susan Hutchinson of Portsmouth.


Funeral services will be held at 11 am Friday at Living Faith Temple with Elder Vincent Kennedy officiating and interment following in Greenlawn Cemetery. The family receive friends at the Ralph F. Scott Funeral Home in Portsmouth Thursday from 6 to 8 pm, and at the church Friday from 10 to 11 am.


Memorial contributions may be made to SOMC Hospice, 2201-25th Street, Portsmouth, OH 45662

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Mark Kirksey
   Posted Sun February 06, 2011
Joyce and I send our sympathy and love. We have other commitments and will not be able to physically be there with you for the services, but Nana and all of you will forever be in our hearts.

Mark

Celeste Kirksey-Gallagher
   Posted Sun February 06, 2011
Our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow. Your "Nana" was a wonderful woman whose loving memories will continue on through her beloved family. May She Be Granted Eternal Rest. In His Love, Scott, Celeste and Scottie Kirksey-Gallagher

Steven Burke
   Posted Mon February 07, 2011
One more sweet potato pie Nana, love you always. Don't worry about it I'll catch you later for that pie. You will surely be missed, thanks for welcoming me into the family. Your Grandson Steve

Ralph and Becky Scott
   Posted Mon February 07, 2011
Marc,
So sorry to read your Grandmothers name in todays paper. Please know that we will be praying for you and your family.
Ralph and Becky Scott

Evon Ferguson-Parker
   Posted Tue February 08, 2011
I want to give my condolences to the family of Mother Ruth (Nana) Kirksey. Nana was so dear to all of us here in our community. When I was a yound child I lived on Union Street across from her. She has always made me feel like one of the family. Even at a young age I knew that Nana was a special lady! I just visited with a few weeks before and she was sitting in her bedroom chair looking good. She wasn't even using the oxygen that day. We talked about "family" and how blessed she was to have such a loving & caring family. To her daughter, Susan and to all her grandchildren, I always wished that I had a mother & a grandmother like Nana. You all have been so blessed. I know that the entire family will miss her. She was one of a kind! But, now she is where she longed to be. There in Paradise. And I know that she is just smiling and waiting til the time that she will welcome all of you there with her. If there is anything that I can do to ease your pain, please let me know. My # is 354-3013. Evon

Peaches
   Posted Wed February 09, 2011
Nana will be greatly missed by all. She had a wealth of knowledge stored up...you could pick up the phone and ask her where to find any scripture and she would be able to tell you. Love and prayers go out to all the family.

Alvin Reeves
   Posted Wed February 09, 2011
I extend my deepest sympathy to Mark, Susan and the entire Kirksey family on your loss. Nana was a very sweet and special lady. She was a very dear friend to my late Mother. I can remember over the years how they talked almost daily over the phone.
My prayer is that God will comfort and give peace to you during this time!!!

Wendy (Kirksey) Williams
   Posted Wed February 09, 2011
"Sharing in your sorrow, thinking of you and wishing we could be there to hold your hands."

Lenzie & I want you to know that our thoughts and payers are with you.

Charlotte (Cookie Kirksey) Bryant & Family
   Posted Wed February 09, 2011
We send our sympathy. I did not know Aunt Ruth very well, but oh boy her grandchildren--always happy & caring with beautiful smiles, full of energy, and always polite mixed with a few drops of mischief. Such children had to have a wonderful grandmother! We pray that your family's pain lessen with each passing day. 'Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous.' -1 Peter 3:8

Floyd Cook Jr.
   Posted Wed February 09, 2011
Nana,
You will be missed tremendously. You were and still are a inspiration to me now and when I was married to your granddaughter Kelly. I know you are in a better place looking down on us always and forever. You are a true child of GOD and I LOVE YOU AND WILL MISS YOU NANA!!
FLOYD

Israel "Izzie" Reyes
   Posted Wed February 09, 2011
My heartfelt condolences to the Kirksey family and dear friends of Nana. She leaves behind a legacy of a wonderful family who will be forever thankful to have had Nana in our lives. Nana is now in heaven by the Almighty King. Que Dios la Bendiga...Izzie, Great Grand Son Israel Antonio "Izzy" Reyes, and Great Grand Daughter Tia Marie Reyes.

Jennifer Marin
   Posted Thu February 10, 2011
I'm very sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved "Nana". I know she meant so much to all of you.
Her passing to be with our Beloved Lord is a blessing we should all cheerish for she is bound no more to the bonds that this great earth placed on her.

Please accept my deepest condolences for your family's loss.
May her memory be eternal.

Mr. & Mrs. Domingo Marin Jr, Cathlene and Lauryn

Robert Hearns
   Posted Thu February 10, 2011
My condolences goes out to the whole family. I have so many great memories growing up with Nana and the family. Though this is a sad time it is also a time to thank God for the life and the impact Nana has given us all. Be encouraged, for Nana is resting safe in His arms.

Melissa (Kirksey) Booth
   Posted Wed February 16, 2011
Nana,
Our hearts are filled with joy and pain. Joy- for you are with your heavenly father, pain- you're not physically in our presence. Throughout our entire life you have been our "Mother, Father, Grandfather and above all our precious "Nana". Words cannot describe the void in all of our hearts; not being able to call or see you hasn't even begun to seem real as of yet...although in the natural it will never be. Know you will live within us and all of our children and their children. We will let all know how pure of heart a woman you were. Nana you will be truly missed and never forgotten. We love you with all our heart and soul..we'll be together again someday. Love and miss you so much your granddaughter, Missy.

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