Maria E. Kirk, 93, homemaker, receptionist


Maria E. Kirk, a homemaker and former receptionist, died of heart and renal failure Thursday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Lutherville resident was 93.

She was born and raised Maria Elizabeth Nickol in East Baltimore. She was a graduate of the old St. James the Less Parochial School at Aisquith and Eager streets and attended the Maryland Institute College of Art.

She worked in the accounting department of Capitol Bakery until her marriage in 1940 to Howard Kenneth Kirk, an insurance agent who died in 1994. The couple had lived in Northwood for 32 years before moving to Lutherville in 1981.

In the early 1960s, Mrs. Kirk worked as a dental receptionist in the Medical Arts Building.

Mrs. Kirk enjoyed traveling and was 78 when she embarked on a float trip down the Snake River in the Pacific Northwest, family members said.

She also enjoyed cooking and entertaining and was especially fond of making desserts.

Mrs. Kirk was a communicant of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ Roman Catholic Church in Timonium.

Services were held Saturday.

Survivors include a son, Kenneth G. Kirk of Arlington Heights, Ill.; two daughters, M. Kristine Kirk and Pamela F. Kirk, both of Lutherville; and a brother, Lawrence J. Nickol of Medford, N.Y.

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