Rose Kirby

Rose Kirby

Rose Kirby passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, February 4, 2018. She was born in Pasco, Washington, on October 22, 1944, to Frances and Henry Halverson. She was educated through St. Patrick’s Catholic School, Captain Gray Junior High and then Pasco High School, where she graduated in 1962. She met her loving husband of 54 years, Robert Kirby (Bob), while still in high school, but completed a year of general studies at Columbia Basin College before they were married – June 8th of 1963. Her legacy is found in their two boys, Kenneth of Billings, Montana, and Kevin of West Linn, Oregon and the joy of their five grandsons (Chris, Cameron, Chase, Kord, & Joss) and three granddaughters (Emma, Miranda, & Karsynn).

Rose lived a life without notable grand deeds, wealth or the need for public acclaim, but she touched the lives of many through her faith in God, devotion to the Catholic Church and her caring, committed life as wife and loving mother. She lived out her faith and giving nature from early teens through an active membership in the Catholic Daughters of America, in Pasco, as well as the many recent years with St. Anthony’s Parish Altar Society in Newport, and volunteer work at Sadie Halstead Middle School. While a young wife she worked for several years at Pasco School District until a brain tumor and subsequent surgery required her retirement. While the memory loss that persisted as a result of surgery limited her interests and activities to some degree the rest of her life. Rose loved RV camping with Bob, especially travels that brought them to a beach – any beach, and riding their Honda Trail 90 mountain bikes with one of the boys on the back of each bike. She was an avid reader, enjoyed the creative craft of ceramics and loved to play cards with anyone she could persuade into a chair long enough to pull out a deck of cards.

Friends and loved ones are invited to attend a rosary vigil in memory of Rose Kirby, 7 PM, this Thursday evening at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Newport. A Mass and funeral service will be held the following day at St. Anthony’s on Friday, the 9th at 11:00 AM.

There will be a family graveside service in Pasco, WA at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society; PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

Sherman-Campbell Funeral and Cremation Services in Newport is in charge of arrangements. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book at

Sherman-Campbell Funeral and Cremation Services
PO Box 809 Newport, WA. 99156
Phone: 509-447-3118 Fax: 509-447-3247