March 1921 – March 2021
Eva Mae (Adkisson) Kirby was born in Yukon, OK on March 17, 1921. At the early age of three she and her parents moved to Southern California. In the next years Eva was blessed with a sister Lila and a brother David. Eva committed her life to Jesus Christ at the age of eighteen.
Eva was always grateful for a happy childhood, a wonderful family, and the encouragement and educational opportunities she received. She enjoyed school starting in Kindergarten. In high school she dreamed of being an actress and for a time was a “stand-in” for Hollywood actress Ann Sothern.
After high school she attended UCLA majoring in Botany and Zoology. She graduated magna cum laude in 1943, and completed a secondary teacher’s credential. Later, she attended U.S.C. and completed a Master’s Degree with a credential in Counseling and School Administration.
While attending UCLA in 1943, she met and marred William Kirby.
In her thirty-two years with the Los Angeles School District she served as a Science teacher, an Assistant Principal, and a Principal. She had the distinct honor of being one of the first woman Principals in the L.A. Co. School District.
After retiring from the L.A. District in 1979, she and William moved to Olympia, Washington. William passed away in 1988.
In Olympia she was Chairman of Thurston County National Day of Prayer, taught Bible Study for legislators on the Capitol Campus, had a daily radio program leading the County in prayer for our nation, leader of Bible Study Fellowship, and coordinated all women’s Bible Studies at Wedgwood Baptist Church. Eva worked in the jail ministry and served as coordinator of Adult Seminars for the North West Christian Educational Conference.
Eva and William were world travelers and their home reflected memories of the countries they visited. Eva could recall where, when and the story behind each memento.
In October 2002, Eva moved to Covenant Living of Turlock where her brother Dr. David Adkisson and Beverly resided. Her ministry continued by teaching Sunday School classes, and Women’s Bible Studies on a weekly basis, which included women from many churches. For several years she taught a weekly class at Covenant Living on Israel. She spent many hours mentoring young ladies on a one-to-one basis. Her last group endeavor was teaching a select group of ladies how to teach the Word of God.
After 75 years of teaching the Bible she still witnessed and counseled those who visited her room in the Care Center. Her life’s verse was: II Timothy 2:15 “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.”
Eva was welcomed into God’s presence on March 19, 2021, being 100 years old.
She was preceded in death by her parents Forrest and Lima Adkisson, sister Lila Bridgers, brother Dr. David Adkission and wife Beverly. Eva is survived by a niece Lori Alexander of Bellevue, WA, and three nephews Paul Bridgers and Chris Bridgers of Los Cruces, New Mexico, and Steven Bridgers of Costa Mesa, CA.
Remembrances in her name can be sent to: Calvary Chapel of Turlock, 147 S. Broadway, Turlock, CA 95380 or Bridges for Peace, P.O. Box 410037, Melbourne, FL 32941.
A celebration of life will be held at Allen Mortuary on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 1:00p.m. To livestream the service, click on the link below and enter the pin which will have to be entered to view.
Sue K O'Connor saysApril 13, 2021 at 5:39 pm
I have known Eva for over 40 years. When my Mom passed away suddenly at 53, Eva became a “mom” to me. I would often go visit Eva and her husband Bill at their home when they lived in the Los Angeles area. She guided me spiritually and was always encouraging me to study and live out God’s Word…she was known as my “spiritual mom.” Her laughter, her wit, her many talents that she did so well, her desire to always put God first and share His Word with all those who God put in her path was inspiring. She will be sorely missed and will always be in my heart. Until we meet again “mom” in the Lord’s Home that has now become your home as well. I love you!
Bebe Dennis saysApril 3, 2021 at 7:40 pm
Farewell to one of the most incredible people I have met on Life’s great Journey. She loved God and His Word intensely, and longed for His coming. She had a most in depth knowledge of, and love for Israel
What a teacher. She was so strong, and classy, so delightful to talk with, and I had the Joy of calling her a Friend! How I will miss your infectious personality, and our wonderful lunch dates, and sharing…..
Until we meet again, I love you Dear Eva