Erma L. Kirkling, 88, of Clay City, died September 14, 2016, at Owen Valley Health Campus.
She was born in her home in Perry Township, March 1, 1928 the daughter of Herbert and Desta D. (Coble) Corbin. She grew up at Art IN where her parents ran a grocery store and post office. Erma attended Cory High School and graduated in 1945. She married Don Kirkling June 12, 1948 at Mount Calvary Methodist Church Art, Indiana. He passed away January 17, 1999. She, along with her husband Don, lived their entire married life north-east of Clay City on the family properties. Erma was a homemaker and devoted mother to three sons. Her many interests included Shetland ponies, carousel horses, china painting, doll collecting, antiques, and ceramics. Erma was an active member of the First United Church of Christ of Clay City and Women’s Fellowship serving on many committees and council. A lifetime member of Clay City Order of Eastern Stars, Ever-Welcome Homemakers Club , “21” Club , and VFW Auxiliary.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and two grand-daughters, Natalie Kirkling and Abigail Carson.
Her childhood was shared with three brothers and 2 sisters; Marvin (& Sylvia) E. Corbin – both deceased of Jasper, IN, Joe (& Betty) E. Corbin – Joe deceased/Whiteland IN, John (& Jean) R. (Bob) Corbin – New Whiteland, IN, Rosemary (& Harold) Dierdorf – Harrison OH, Dorisann (& Bruce) Albright – Greencastle, IN.
Surviving decedents include her sons David D. Kirkling D.C. and wife Monika of Clay City, Daniel R. Kirkling and wife Dorothy of Nashville, IN, Kevin C. Kirkling D.C. and wife Judy of Clay City; eight grandchildren: Danielle Flora, Jamie (Darin) Brush, Nicholas (Alisha) Kirkling, Julia (Johnny) Cutsinger, Elliott Kirkling. Ashley Kirkling, Kelly (Jeff) Schraner, Walter Kirkling, and Stephanie Kirkling. There are eight great grandchildren and one due this month.
Services will be at the First United Church of Christ , 6414 S. County Rd 300E Clay City, IN, Saturday September 17, 2016 at 1:00pm with Pastor Bob Wilkins officiating. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery at Clay City. Visitation will be at the church Saturday from 11-1pm before the service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to First United Church of Christ.