Next Saturday, August 22 from 4 to 6 PM [NOTE TIME CHANGE] there will be a reception for Linda’s family and friends at the Salem Funerals and Cremations facility at 2599 Reynolda Road, which is located at the intersection with Polo Road.
Linda Louise Kirby, age 74, died August 12, 2015 at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem, NC. She was born in Winston-Salem on October 31,1940 to Lillian Holder and Elmer Thomas Kirby. She graduated from R.J. Reynolds High School and received a BA degree from Meredith College where she was editor of the campus newspaper “The Twig.”
After graduating from college, Linda moved to Washington, D.C. where she was in a management training program at Woodward and Lothrop Department Store. It was there that she (an English major who had wanted to be a newspaper reporter) got experience in Corporate Research and Advanced Planning, which led to a job in newspaper research, which she loved. She went from Woodies in 1967, to The Washington Star Newspaper, which closed in 1981. From there she went to work for one year at The Newark Star Ledger in Newark, NJ, leaving a year later to work for 20 years at The New York Times in New York, NY. She was among the early women in the field of marketing research for a major newspaper and was active in the Newspaper Research Council.
While working in New York City, Linda moved two blocks from her sister, Ellen Kirby, Ellen’s husband Tim Smith and their son, Matthew Kirby-Smith, in Park Slope,Brooklyn. She enjoyed living in Brooklyn and especially visiting Brooklyn Botanic Garden. She served on the board of directors of the Brooklyn YWCA.
Both Linda and Ellen eventually retired and returned to Winston-Salem, where they live near each other and their brother, Brent and his wife, Barbara Kirby.
In Winston-Salem as a retiree she enjoyed her neighborhood friends and belonging to the West End and The Gables Neighborhood Associations for which she volunteered on the neighborhood newspapers. She also loved working with classmates on several Reynolds High School Class of 1958 reunions.
Linda’s joys were her family, her friends, swimming at the YMCA, gardening, art and crossword puzzles. She was known for her sharp wit and good sense of humor.
Linda was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her sister, Ellen Kirby (and husband Richard McGavern) of Winston-Salem, her brother Brent Kirby (and wife Barbara) of Winston-Salem; her nieces, Laura Murdock (and husband Brian) of Charlotte, Evan Dunnagan (and husband Mark) of Winston-Salem and nephew, Matthew Kirby-Smith of Brooklyn, NY. She especially enjoyed family times with her six great nieces and nephews, Caroline, Jay and Sally Dunnagan; Colin, James and Adam Murdock.
A reception will be held on Saturday, August 22 from 4-6:00 PM at Salem Funerals and Cremations, 2599 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem. The family suggests that memorial donations be made to the William G. White, Jr. Family YMCA, 775 West End Blvd.Winston-Salem, NC 27101, Attn: Linda Kirby Memorial Fund, or the Hospice Center for Palliative Care of Winston-Salem, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.
The family wishes to thank all of Linda’s many friends for their friendship and support over many years as well as the staff of the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice and Palliative Care Home and the swimming program of the YMCA