Saturday, March 28, 2020

Opal Gayle Kirby

Opal Gayle Kirby, age 92, of Goreville, formerly of Anna, passed away at 4:42pm on Friday, September 6, 2019 at Parkway Manor in Marion.

Gayle was born in Marion on August 18, 1927, the daughter of Francis and Carrie (Foster) Casper. She married Harold “Bud” Kirby in Goreville on March 27, 1946. Together, they shared thirty years of marriage, until his passing on July 28, 1976.

Prior to her retirement, Gayle had worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse at Choate Mental Health Center in Anna.

Survivors include: Sons- Gregory Kirby and wife Jerry of Valparaiso, Indiana; and Nick Kirby and wife Chris of Gorham, Maine; a daughter – Peggy Carroll and husband Bill of Goreville; Eight grandchildren – Joseph Krysa and wife Michelle, Vanessa Boyler and husband Sean, G. Logan Kirby, Elise Kirby, Meredith Files, Kyle Kirby and wife Elizabeth, Clinton Carroll, Megan Carroll Hope and husband Jack; and five great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister Delores Culp, and brother Buddy Casper.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 6:30 PM on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at Blue Funeral Home in Goreville. A time of visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 6:30 PM on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at Blue Funeral Home in Goreville.

For those who prefer, memorial donations are suggested to the American Cancer Society.  For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit

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One comment

  1. Emalene (Childers) Wilcox

    Sorry to hear of Gayle’s passing. I knew her many years ago. Her Mother Carrrie and my Mother Verna Evans Childers were best friends. Also remember her Dad transported us to High School in Goreville back in the late 1930’s. Also knew the Kirby’s. I am 94 now and in Holly Brook assisted living now. I will keep your family in my prayers as you lay your love one to rest.