Ella R. Kirby, 78, who lived in Baker County all of her life, died at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise, Tuesday, Feb 14, after a long illness.

Rosary will be recited at St. Francis Cathedral in Baker Friday night and mass will be said Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. in the cathedral with Father Joseph Hayes officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Those who wish to contribute to the memorial fund for the Durkee Catholic Church in lieu of sending flowers.

Mrs. Kirby was born March 14, 1882, at Richland, Oregon, the daughter of Fredrick and Mary Simonis, pioneers who settled in Eagle Valley after trekking across the plains in covered wagons.

She Married W. L. Kirby and they celebrated their 6-st wedding anniversary on December 4, 1960. They lived in the Durkee area most of their married lives where they operated a cattle ranch. She was a member of the Durkee Catholic Church for 50 years and also belonged to the Durkee Grange.

Survivors are the widower, W. L. Kirby; four sons, Randell of Ontario, V. S. of Durkee, Bill of Fairbanks, Alas., and James of Nampa, Ida.; four daughters, Mrs. Marshall Laughlin of Estacada, Ore., Mrs. Hugh Guthrie of San Lorenzo, Calif., Mrs. Florestine Landreth of Baker and Mrs. Mary Cottle of Boise; two brothers, Louis and Alec Simonis of Baker; a sister, Mrs. Anna Cropp of Baker; 19 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Baker Democrat Herald – – Feb. 16, 1961.