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Obituary for Merida Olivia Kirk-Griffie

February 14, 1929 – June 16, 2023

Merida Olivia Kirk-Griffie (née: Price), 94, passed away peacefully at home early Friday morning, June 16.

Merida Olivia Kirk-Griffie
Merida Olivia Kirk-Griffie

Merida was born in Enterprise, Miss., on Feb. 14, 1929, to the late Alphonzo and Merida (née: Cole) Price. She married David Kirk in 1947 and he passed away in 1972. Later, she married William Charles Griffie, who passed away in 2006.

Merida was a Mother Board Member of Searching Together Missionary Baptist Church. Merida worked in environmental services for the Danish Home, St. Luke’s Hospital, Rainfair, and JI Case Corp., from where she retired. Among her interests, she enjoyed cooking, sewing, exercising, shooting pool and darts, dancing, and family gatherings.

Surviving are her daughters, Dianna Hines and Evelyn Kirk; sister, Lillie Louella Price; daughter-in-law, Rose Kirk, son-in-law, Claude B. (Mary) Hamilton, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husbands, Mother Kirk-Griffie was preceded in death by her daughter, Lottie Bell Price; sons, Zenith Kirk, David Kirk, Jr., and Willie Kirk; and five brothers and six sisters.

Special friends: Mary Lacy, Donald Gillispie, David Landry, Archie Monroe, and Rickey Moore.


A homegoing celebration for Merida Olivia Kirk-Griffie will be held at 1 p.m. on June 24 at Searching Together Missionary Baptist Church with Chaplain Evelyn Kirk officiating. Viewing will be in the church on Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. Private family committal will take place at 9 a.m. on June 28 in Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

Obituary and photo courtesy of Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home.

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