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Lois Lorraine Kirkpatrick was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She was born to Charles and Mary Briles on August 13th, 1931 in High Point, North Carolina. She married John Kirkpatrick on August 6th, 1965 and together they had a blended family of five children. Lois followed her dream and went to ASU where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. While working on her degree, she worked at Motorola, becoming the first female Manager of Finance. Lois worked at Motorola for twenty-six years before retiring in 1989, making many friends while working there.
Lois treasured spending time with her family and friends. Passionate about traveling, Lois visited all fifty states and many countries, often bringing grandchildren on one of her many adventures. Lois loved Diet Coke with no ice, lemon drop candy, Circus Peanuts, potatoes, Jello and ice cream. She also loved playing cards (especially Rummy and Bridge), jigsaw puzzles, Bingo, and poker. Lois made sure the whole family knew how to play cards and always made her visitors partake in a card game. Lois often joked the stakes of the card game included a wagon wheel for the losing player or a smiley face for the winning player. “It’s only a wagon wheel” was a phrase Lois often joked to the losing player to make them feel better when she beat them in a game.
Lois often ended her visits with others reciting her favorite saying, “I love you a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck.”
Lois left this world on September 2nd, 2021, a few weeks after celebrating her 90th birthday. She is survived by her children Steve Kennedy (Patricia Artusi), Lynne D’Elia (Philip D’Elia), Ray Kirkpatrick (Vicki Huggett), Richard Kirkpatrick (Jennie Kirkpatrick), Cindy Tipton (Jerry Tipton); her grandchildren Michael Ziraldo (Liz Ziraldo), James Ziraldo (Tina Ziraldo), Anthony D’Elia (Mindi D’Elia), Nicole Loupe (Joseph Loupe), Kevin Kennedy (Heather Kennedy), Brian Kennedy (Marie Kennedy), Cortney Domm (Darrin Domm), and Ryan Kirkpatrick; and her greatgrandchildren Aley Underhill (Matthew Underhill), Erik Ziraldo, Talon Ziraldo, Trinity Ziraldo, Colin Loupe, Reid Loupe and Audrey Loupe. She is preceded in death by her husband John Kirkpatrick and her twin daughters, Ira Jan Kennedy and Iris Jo Kennedy.