Obituary – Kirtley, Frances Jane “Jennie” (Sokol)

Class of 1907


Frances Jane “Jennie” (Sokol) Kirtley

August 18, 1888 – June 9, 1974

Mrs. Charles T. Kirtley, 85, 514 Eighth street, died at 5 a.m. Sunday at her home following a lengthy illness.

Rites will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the First Christian church with Rev. Hale Staley officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Carmel cemetery, north of Perry, under direction of Parker funeral home. Contributions may be made to the First Christian church memorial fund.

Mrs. Kirtley was born Aug. 18, 1888, in Oxford Junction, Iowa. She came to Noble county in 1893 shortly after the opening of the Cherokee Strip for settlement. She graduated from Perry high school in 1907 and taught Fairview and Sunny Slope schools in Noble county. On June 12, 1910, she was married in Perry to Charles T. Kirtley, who survives.

She was a member of the Christian church. War Mothers and Women’s Christian Temperance Union.

Survivors in addition to her husband include three sons, Larkin and William, both of Perry and Phil, Sulphur; six daughters, Mrs. Phillip (Irene) Merriman, Tulsa; Mrs. Alice Koch and Mrs. Carl (Janice) Endres, both of Perry; Mrs. Herman (Mable) Beasley, Duncan; Mrs. George (Mary) Bocox, Medford; and Mrs. John (Clara) Pantier, Oklahoma City; 24 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.

One son preceded her in death.