Patricia Naidine (Sasse) Kirby was born June 11, 1927, the only child of Chris E. and Naidine (Watkins) Sasse of Dalton, Missouri. She passed away peacefully on October 15, 2019 at The Bluffs Nursing Home in Columbia, Missouri.
Following high school at Brunswick she attended Central Methodist College at Fayette (1944-47 – studied art) until her marriage.
On September 21, 1947 she and Everett John Kirby, Jr. of Salisbury were united in marriage at the Dalton Methodist Church. They were the parents of one child, John Sasse Kirby (Jun 14, 1952), who survives.
She was a faithful member of the Dalton Immanuel Country Church where she had served as U.M.W. president in 1995-96. She also served as a lay leader and communion steward. In earlier years, while a member of the Salisbury United Methodist Church and later the Keytesville U.M.C. she served in several capacities, including Sunday School teach for youth, and as a communion Steward.
During the late 1940’s and earlier 1950’s she taught Kindergarten and served as a substitute teacher at the Salisbury Elementary School. She also assisted her husband in publishing the first shopper in Chariton County, “The Farmers’ Guide” at Salisbury.
Since 1947 she had been a member of Brunswick Pi Chapter and later the Keytesville Beta Sigma Phi sororities, also an international member of Delta Pi Omega. She was a member of Chapter BD, P.E.O. sisterhood, having served as correspondence secretary, historian, and publicity chairman.
In 1951 she and her husband purchased The Chariton County Courier at Keytesville, MO and moved there in 1953, where she was co-owner/publisher until 1981 (30 years), also introducing the “Sho-Me Shopper” to the area during that time. Mrs. Kirby was active in a number of organizations in the community while involved with the newspaper, also operating the county license bureau as an agent, Missouri Press Service representative, and the Keytesville Bi-Centennial Chairman during the two years she was president of the “Friends of Keytesville”.
During semi-retirement, she and her husband were partnership builders, owners, and operators for several years of the KIRBO – Car Wash in Salisbury, while living a Lake Nehai Tonkeyea (she and her husband built a new home there in 1982) north of Salisbury.
In 1992 Mrs. Kirby and her husband moved to the Sasse Homestead south of Dalton, MO (building a new addition on to this property), where they remained until September of 1995, when they moved to the home they built in Salisbury, MO, just one block from where their first home was located. Mr. Kirby died unexpectedly from heart failure that Christmas Eve at their new home. Mrs. Kirby moved to Columbia, MO in 2008 and lived there until her death.
Survivors are her son, John Sasse Kirby and family, Elizabeth (wife) John S. Kirby II (son – Raleigh, NC) and Andrew Halla Kirby (Columbia, MO) along with several Kirby-Sasse-Watkins relatives scattered around the country.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 26, 2019 at the Summerville Funeral Home, 601 U.S. 24 Highway, Salisbury, MO 65281 at 2:00 PM with visitation one hour prior. Entombment will be at the Elliott Grove Cemetery in Brunswick, MO. In remembrance friends and family may make memorial contributions to the Elliott Grove Cemetery, Brunswick, Missouri.