Esther Gouverneur Kirk, who was a real estate agent in Baltimore as a young woman, died Sunday at a nursing home in Raleigh, N.C., after a long illness. She was 86 and had lived in Raleigh about three years.
Services for Mrs. Kirk were held yesterday at Christ Episcopal Church there.
She was born Esther Gouverneur in Wilmington, N.C., and reared in the Roland Park area.
She attended the Emma Willard School in Troy, N.Y., and made her debut at the Bachelors Cotillion in 1923.
Mrs. Kirk was a real estate agent for the firm of Piper & Hill and a member of the Junior League in Baltimore.
During World War II, she served with the Red Cross at an Army hospital in North Africa. In 1944, she and fellow Red Cross worker Harris E. Kirk Jr. married on Corsica.
They lived in Baltimore before moving to Springfield, Va., nearly 40 years ago. They also lived in Morehead City, N.C. Mr. Kirk, a retired Central Intelligence Agency worker, died in 1988.
Mrs. Kirk is survived by a daughter, Fair Kirk Wright of Raleigh; and a granddaughter.