Sara Catharine Hope Kirk
Sara Catharine "Cricket" Hope Kirk, 33, died suddenly Sept. 13, 2004, at
Providence Alaska Medical Center after suffering a severe stroke or a heart
attack at her Anchorage home.
Cricket was born Feb. 6, 1971, in Bryan, Texas, and joined the Kirk family when
she was two days old. The family moved to Chugiak in 1978. Cricket had attended
several local schools.
She loved watching movies, going shopping, and going out to eat with her mom or
her sister, Kirsten, and her niece and nephew. Cricket enjoyed her assisted
living apartment, with many dedicated care-givers and specialists from ASSETS,
especially triplex staff Bobbie, Elizabeth, Frank, Fred, Josh, Larry, Matt,
Melinda, Mike, Susie, Q.T. and others.
Cricket faced many challenges, but she will always be remembered for her
generous, loving nature. She was often moved to tears at the misfortunes of
friends or strangers, and she readily shared her clothing, make-up, and shoes
with others. When she was at her best, she was a great joy to work with.
Cricket knew the Lord from a young age; her life verse was Psalm 100:1-5, and
she loved to make a joyful noise unto the Lord. She and her mom spent a lot of
time singing together. Cricket's most important message was, "Love God."
A service was held Sept. 16 at Crossroads Assembly of God Church in Anchorage.
Survivors include Cricket's parents, William and Bev Kirk; sister, Kirsten Kirk;
brothers Frank, Shane, and James Kirk and James' wife, Megan; nieces Erica
Young, Brittany Roberts, and Ashlynn Kirk; nephews Josh LaPier and Chris Kirk;
godmothers Cathy Berry and family and (aunt) Belinda Adolfsen and sons; uncle
Harry Oberg and family; aunt Ethel Oberg and son; aunt Debbie Oberg and family;
uncle Charles Kirk and family; and the ASSETS staff.
Cricket was preceded in death by brother Billy Kirk Jr.; foster sister Alexandra
Shepard; foster brother Mokey Aldama; uncle Frank Oberg; and grandparents Sara
G. Kirk, Dr. A.C. Kirk, Sr., Marcia Oberg, and Harry Oberg.
Memorial donations are suggested for ASSETS, Inc., Anchorage.
Source: Alaska Star, 7 October 2004