Marie A. Kirkpatrick, 80, of Walnut, died at 1:13 p.m., Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at the Mt. Carmel Regional Medical Center in Pittsburg.

Marie A. Kirkpatrick, 80, of Walnut, died at 1:13 p.m., Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at the Mt. Carmel Regional Medical Center in Pittsburg.
She was born on June 17, 1929 at Buffalo Park, Kansas to John and Sarah (Herrman) Bollig.  She grew up on the family farm near Earlton and attended Chanute School graduating from Chanute High School.
She and Earl Kirkpatrick were married on June 13, 1949 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church at Chanute.  He survives of the home.  They had just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary earlier this month.
She was a homemaker and professional dog breeder.  She bred numerous dog breeds over the years.  She also helped her husband on their farm.  They had lived at Earlton, Kimball, and at Walnut since 1963.
She was a member of the former St. Patrick’s Catholic Church at Walnut and a member of St. Francis Catholic Church at St. Paul where she belonged to both altar societies.  She was also a member of the Kansas Pet Professionals.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by seven sons, Eugene Kirkpatrick, and his wife, Kathy of California, Kenny Kirkpatrick, and his wife, Debbie of Wichita, Ron Kirkpatrick, and his wife, Charlene of Walnut, Daniel Kirkpatrick, and his wife, Marsha of Walnut, Steven Kirkpatrick, and his wife, Tina of Girard, Tom Kirkpatrick, and his wife, Marla of Erie, and Chris Kirkpatrick, and his wife, Stacy of Walnut; one daughter, Kathy Westhoff, and her husband, Claude of Walnut; 21 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; two brothers, Tony Bollig of Earlton and Robert Bollig of Chanute; six sisters, Betty Ward of California, Jane Nottingham of Wichita, Doris Sander of Wichita, Pat Lowe of Illinois, Judy Riley of Chanute, and Joan Gill of Chanute.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Linda Bollig and a daughter-in-law, Patti Kirkpatrick.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m., Monday, June 29, 2009 at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church at Walnut.  Burial will follow in the National Cemetery at Ft. Scott.  The Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m., Sunday at the church with visitation following in the parish hall.  Memorials are suggested to the Walnut Altar Society and these may be left at or mailed to the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home, 518 West St. John Ave., P.O. Box 258, Girard, KS 66743. Arrangements are under the direction of the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Girard.