SPRING VALLEY — Louise D. McKirgan, 87, of Spring Valley, formerly of McNabb, Princeville and Fort Myers, Fla., died Thursday, July 26, 2018, at Heritage Health in Peru with her family at her side.
Louise was born May 17, 1931, in McNabb to Glen Berry and Lemma (Heflin) Dunbar. She married John A. McKirgan on July 1, 1951, in McNabb.
She graduated from Magnolia-Swaney High School with the Class of 1949 and continued her education at Methodist Hospital School of Nursing from 1949 to 1951 before leaving to begin her family.
Louise was a member of the McNabb Methodist Church, Princeville United Methodist Church and Cypress Lake United Methodist Church in Fort Myers, Fla. She was active in her church and community no matter where.
Louise was a diehard Cubs fan who got to see her beloved Cubbies win the World Series. She was a member of Edgewood Golf Course, Fish-n-Fun in McNabb and the Junior Women’s Club. Louise taught Sunday school and Bible school. Louise was active in the Jamaica Bay Community while living in Fort Myers. She was a huge supporter of Putnam County sports and Dunbar High School (Fort Myers) girls’ basketball team.
Granny Goose, as she was called by her adoring grandchildren and great-grandchildren, loved spending time with them and was often at their activities.
Survivors include six children, Nancy (Daun Blain) Garber of Elgin, John Berry (Sara Mayans) McKirgan of Kansas City, Mo., Dan (Delilah) McKirgan of Phoenix, Ariz., Margie (Pete) Francisco of Spring Valley, Bob McKirgan of Phoenix, Ariz., and Glen McKirgan of Delray Beach, Fla.; her “adopted son,” Trent (Jan) Griffith of Granville; 11 grandchildren, Lindsay (Sean) Lorch, Brett Garber, John C. McKirgan, Jennifer (Mike) Harmon, Tyler McKirgan, Matthew McKirgan, Natalie Faddis, Gina (Alex) Riva, Karla (Matthew) Carboni, Maria (Derek) Baird and Nick McKirgan; nine great-grandchildren, Coral (Sam) Hoff, John Gibson, Gage Gibson, Giuliana Riva, Dominic Carboni, Luca Carboni, Cecelia Baird, Bruno Baird and Luciana Baird; one great-great granddaughter, Alexandria Hoff; one sister, Nancy Dunbar; two sisters-in-law, Margie Kocher and Jo Dunbar; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John A., in 2002; her parents, Glen and Lemma Dunbar; a brother, Berry Dunbar; and a granddaughter, Truly Louise McKirgan.
A Celebration of Life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Magnolia Methodist Church in Magnolia, with visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. The Rev. Karen Karczewski will officiate at the service. Cremation rites have been accorded. Interment will be in the Magnolia Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Louise McKirgan Memorial Nursing Scholarship, in care of Spring Valley City Bank, 315 N. Cornelia St., Spring Valley, IL 61362.
Honorary pallbearers will be her grandchildren.
The Dysart-Cofoid Funeral Chapel in Granville is assisting the family with the arrangements. Online condolences may be made to her family at www.dcfunerals.com.