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Obituaries July 11, 2014

  • Thursday, July 10, 2014

Irmgard Kirbach

Irmgard (“Irmi”) Kirbach, longtime resident of Pawleys Island, died on July 3 in Taylorsville, NC. Born on March 19, 1940 in Germany, Mrs. Kirbach moved to Pawleys Island in 1969 with her husband and daughter.

A native speaker of German, she credited “Sesame Street” for her quick mastery of the English language. She was a member of the Litchfield Racquet Club Women’s 3.5 Tennis Team during the 1980s and 90s, and was also an original member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.

Mrs. Kirbach was the quintessential Pawleys Islander. She enjoyed morning walks on the beach and nighttime swims, trips to Brookgreen Gardens and Myrtle Square Mall, taking her daughter for ice cream at the Hammock Shops after school, and perusing the selection at Litchfield Books.

She was a survivor of Hurricane Hugo, although the same could not be said about her house.

She was a master of all of life’s little things, from peeling apples to making the perfect cup of coffee. She will be remembered for her blue-ribbon cakes, handmade dresses and sweaters, and most of all, for being a loving mother, grandmother and wife.

Mrs. Kirbach moved to Hickory, NC in 2006. She is survived by her family, who are heartbroken yet grateful that in this life, they were hers. They include Dieter, her husband of 52 years; two daughters, Susanne Kirbach Norris of Hickory, NC, and Stephanie Kirbach Cline of Chicago, IL; and four grandchildren, Kirsten and Casey Peissel and Bradley and Logan Norris.

A private memorial will be held in August. To honor Mrs. Kirbach, the family wishes that memorials be made in the form of contributions to directly fund promising Alzheimer’s research. Checks should be made to “Northwestern University” (please include “Klein Lab” in the memo line) and mailed to:

Northwestern University

2205 Tech Drive

Hogan 4-160

Evanston, IL 60208

Attn: William Klein

Dixie Maxwell

Dixie Miller Maxwell, 85, of Georgetown, the beloved wife of Kenneth Maxwell, went home to be with the Lord, Tues., July 8, 2014 after a 13 year fight against Breast Cancer.

She was born the daughter of the late Homer and Ruby Morrow Miller on Dec. 6, 1928 in Macon, GA. She was a 1946 graduate of Gainesville High School in Gainesville, FL where she made lifelong friends. She attended the University of Florida studying Journalism before leaving in 1954 to marry Kenneth Maxwell. She returned to school when her last child started school and graduated from the University of South Carolina Coastal Carolina with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She taught school in Georgetown County for 20 years. She was an active member of Herbert Memorial United Methodist Church for 45 years (since 1968) serving in a variety of ways including the Young at Heart group, and being chairperson of the Annie Lou Mozley Circle. She won the United Methodist Women Special Mission Recognition award in 2002. Over the years, she was a member of various garden clubs, women’s clubs, and bridge clubs. She was a loving, fun, and involved mother to her three children including being den mother for Boy Scouts and a troop leader for Girl Scouts. She also like to read, garden, knit, and travel including visiting Europe several times. She was a curious person who never stopped loving to learn new things and thought many things were interesting.

She is survived by: her husband; her children, a daughter, Lisa (Iain) Ritchie; two sons, Scott (Pam) Maxwell and Brian (Lee) Maxwell, and a special daughter, Jenny (Wayne) Altman. She is also survived by: two brothers, Jack (Patricia) Miller and retired Major William (Jane) Miller; and her beloved dog, Missy.

Funeral Services will be 11 a.m., Sat., July 12, 2014 at Herbert Memorial United Methodist Church directed by the Georgetown Chapel of McKenzie Funeral Home.

A reception honoring Mrs. Maxwell will follow in the church fellowship hall.

A private burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to: St. Frances Animal Center, 125 North Ridge Street, Georgetown, SC 29440 OR Tidelands Community Hospice House, 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440.

McKenzie Funeral Home is honored to serve the Maxwell family.

Betty Rogers

Betty May Lambert Rogers, 67, wife of Ervin Rogers, passed away on Wed., July 9, 2014 at her home.

Born on July 7, 1947, in Georgetown, she was a daughter of the late Thomas J. Lambert Sr. and the late Ethel Hartley Lambert. Mrs. Rogers was a member of Eastside Free Will Baptist Church of the Pentecostal Faith and attended Georgetown Church of God.

Survivors include her husband of Georgetown; one daughter, Peggy Gray (Theron); one step son, Casey Rogers (April); two grandchildren, Shawn Michau and Heather Michau; three step grandchildren, Thomas Rogers, DJ Rogers and CJ Rogers; four great grandchildren, Anthony Hamilton, Christopher Michau, Haylee Michau and Alison Michau; one step great grandchild, Kenyatta Gray; two sisters, Carolyn Radcliffe (Bobby) and Brenda Flegel (Michael); two brothers, Tommy Lambert (Jackie) and John Lambert (Ruth); one special aunt, Mamie Cribb; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two husbands, James E. Bordeaux and Angel Roy Matthews; two sons, James Bordeaux, Jr. and Jeffrey L. Bordeaux; and a brother, David Lambert.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Sat., July 12, 2014 at Georgetown Church of God with Rev. Ryan Pitts and Rev. Ossie Deese officiating. Burial will follow in Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Georgetown Church of God.

Graham Funeral Home of Georgetown is in charge of the arrangements. www.grahamfuneralhome.org.

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