Lonnie Joy Kirby, beloved mother, aunt, grandmother and great grandmother, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Feburary 18, 2021. Lonnie was born July 21, 1940 in Kanab to Joan Brown and William Wright. She grew up helping take care of her brothers Tony and Nick, and loved spending time with her Grandma and Papa Brown. In 1959 she married the love of her life George Kirby and later had three children; Brad, Penny and Debra.
You would be hard pressed to find someone who loved their hometown of Kanab more than Lonnie did. She was a very active member of her community, serving in the Kane Community Coalition, Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, and Kanab Heritage Museum. She loved the Kanab Cowboys and was the biggest supporter of her kids and grandkids from little league all the way through high school. She had great memories of chasing the Cowboys wherever they played with friends and neighbors.
Lonnie Joy touched so many lives. Lonnie learned long ago the secret to true happiness. She was one of the most service oriented people in the community. She served in the compassionate service calling for many years. She was always sharing food and baked goods with all of her neighbors, friends and family.
Lonnie was a strong and dedicated member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She loved going to church because it gave her such a wonderful opportunity to see and touch so many lives to see.
Known as Mom to a few and Lonnie or Aunt Lon to many, her favorite title was grandma. One of her greatest joys these last few years was hosting sunday dinner for her family almost every week. She was known for her wonderful cooking. Especially for her cookout meals and homemade BBQ sauce. She owned and operated Chuckwagon Cookouts with Dennis and Kathy Judd, then later with her brother Tony and his wife Linda, both of them whom she loved dearly.
After George passed, she had the best time the last several years spending time with her many wonderful friends. They went for rides, lunches (3 hr), birthday celebrations and much more. They brought her so much happiness and she looked forward to every single outing with them.
As the center of her family, she was a proud mother of a son, Bradley, and two daughters, Penny(Terri) and Debra. Her loss is equally felt by her grandkids, Miranda Kirby (deceased), Crystal(Jesse) Miller, Ryan (Esther) Kirby, Katie Millet, Natalie (Kirk) Barney, Austin (Jordan) Eddy, and Melissa (Stanton) Upson. Among the many who were happy to welcome her home, the most excited were her mother Joan, her husband George, her son Bradley, his wife Susie, her granddaughter Miranda, and her brother Nick.
She will be so incredibly missed. We will always treasure Lonnie Joy.
There will be a visitation Wednesday from 6-8 at Mosdell Mortuary. As per Lonnie wishes, she will be cremated. A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Kanab South Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with a visitation from 10-10:45am prior to the service. Burial in the Kanab City Cemtery under the direction of Mosdell Mortuary.
Those wishing to attend the celebration of Lonnie’s life please be aware that Full Covid-19 precautions are required.
The Memorial Service will be livestreamed through the link below.