My mother Joan Backman Kirkham passed away July 14, 2011. She had eleven months of resisting and fighting pancreatic cancer. In the end it was clear that even if she would have beaten the disease the toll would have been the woman and the life we had known.
Married to dad, Jim Kirkham February 27, 1948 in Salat Lake City by his grandfather James Mercer Kirkham in the living room of her parents Ralph and Grrace Backman mom went on to have seven children. She made an impression on so many more as Cub Scout Den Mother, 4-H leader, Elementry School Librarian and volunteer for sight through her association with University Women associations.
I did not realize how long I have not kept this site updated. Another loss was my older brother Rex Kirkham in Albuquerque New Mexico on February 9, 2011. He leaves wife Georgia Otero Kirkham of Velencia County and Daughters Jennifer and Janel as well as five grandchildren.
I shall try to maintain a watchful eye on our changes and other events, though often I rely heavily on Salt Lake City papers I hope to catch up on others. Please do include me in your life changes, as this family's story does indeed continue to flourish today from the roots it established here more than 150 years ago.