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Leone E. Ehlis Kirk
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Birth: Mar. 30, 1933
Stark County
North Dakota, USA
Death: Jan. 24, 2012
Buncombe County
North Carolina, USA

Leone E. Kirk, 78, of Asheville died Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at St. Joseph Hospital. A native of Dickinson, ND, she was a daughter of the late George and Anna Schumacher Ehlis.

Leone Ehlis grew up working on the family farm in North Dakota and attended St. Pius school in Sheffield and St. Mary's High School in New England. She graduated from Dickinson State University in 1957 and moved to Santa Maria, California, where she taught high school English and history. She married John Loyd Kirk on June 19, 1965 at St. Anne's Church in San Bernardino, California.

Mr. and Mrs. Kirk moved to Asheville in 1971 and purchased the Forest Manor Inn from Loyd's parents. They retired in 2008 after operating the inn for 37 years. She was very active in her children's schools and as a parishioner at the Basilica of St. Lawrence.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, John Loyd Kirk; one son, Michael Kirk of Boone; two daughters, Krista Patterson of Frederick, Maryland and Michaela Allen of Annapolis, Maryland; two brothers, George Ehlis and Ron Ehlis of North Dakota; three sisters, Angeline Wandler of Wisconsin, Karolyn Koppinger of North Dakota and Anne Anderson of Minnesota and five grandsons, Matthew, Ben, John Ellis, Julian and John Michael.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 1:00 PM, Friday, January 27, 2012 at the Basilica of St. Lawrence, 97 Haywood Street with Father Morris Boyd officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service, from 10:30 to 12:00, at Morris Funeral Home, 304 Merrimon Avenue. Interment will be held in North Dakota.

From Ladburys Funeral Home:

Leone E. Kirk, 78, Asheville, N.C., died Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at St. Joseph Hospital, Asheville. Leone's Mass of Christian Burial will at 10 a.m., Saturday, February 4, 2012 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Dickinson with Fr. Patrick Schumacher celebrating, interment will follow at St. Pius Cemetery, Schefield. Visitation will be Friday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Ladbury Funeral Service. 
Saint Pius Cemetery
Stark County
North Dakota, USA
Created by: High Plains
Record added: Feb 12, 2012
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Leone E. <i>Ehlis</i> Kirk
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