Ellie Jo Grissom Kirk

March 23, 1940 - August 16, 2017


Ellie Jo Grissom Kirk passed away on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at Hendrick Hospice Facility in Abilene, Texas.

Graveside service was held August 21, 2017 at Truby, Texas in a private cemetery.

Elmwood Funeral Home was entrusted with the burial. Brother Jeff Fenwick conducted a graveside eulogy.

Ellie was born March 23, 1940 to William Langly and Ina Earl Grissom of Cross Plains, Texas.

Ellie married Kenneth Daniel Kirk on November 4, 1956 and moved to Long Beach, California where Kenneth served two years in the United States Navy. While there, Ellie bore her first child, Katheryn LaNell in Long Beach.

After Kenneth served his two years, they moved back to Truby, Texas where Ellie was a homemaker and bore three more children, Terry Dale, Cynthia Ann and Jeffery Daniel. She spent the next 10 years as a homemaker.

In 1973, Ellie opened a cafe in Anson, Texas called “Jody’s Cafe” which she operated for the next two years. After closing the cafe, she took a job with a can manufacturing company called Crown Cork and Seal and spent the next 23 years there. She retired in 2002 and spent the remainder of her years in Truby.

Ellie is survived by her husband, Kenneth Daniel Kirk of Truby, Texas; and four children, Katheryn LaNell McGee of Anson, Texas, Terry Dale Kirk of Truby, Texas, Cynthia Ann Smart of Truby, Texas, and Jeffery Daniel Kirk of Evergreen, Colorado. Ellie was blessed with 10 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by brothers Randall Grissom of Irving, Texas and William Earl Grissom of Lawn, Texas; and sisters Dora Mankin of Eldorado, Texas and Sharon Rister of Hamlin, Texas.

Ellie touched the lives of many people and will be missed by all. Some of her last words were, “Don’t forget me.” and as we promised you, we will Never Forget You. We love and miss you and your name will forever be written on our hearts.