Anna Mae Kirkpatrick

Anna Mae Kirkpatrick Anna Mae Kirkpatrick, a longtime Ridgecrest resident, passed away Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Ontario, Calif. She was 86 years old.

Her memorial Mass was held on Wednesday, July 10, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church.

Anna Mae was born on May 22, 1927, in Butte, Mont., to Cornelius and Anna McElhenney. Soon after graduating from Butte High School in 1944, she moved to Long Beach, where she was employed as a clerk typist at the Army Air Base. While in Long Beach she met the love of her life, a young sailor, Jack Kirkpatrick. They were married Oct. 20, 1946, in Butte and spent the next 66 years of their lives together.

As a dedicated Navy wife, Anna Mae spent the next several years raising her sons and living in such locations as Corpus Christi, Texas; Sangley Point, Philippine Islands; NAS North Island, San Diego; and NAS Agana, Guam. The family arrived at the Naval Ordnance Test Station, China Lake, in 1958.

She went to work shortly after arriving here. During her career she worked for both Supply and Security Departments holding various positions. She spent most of her time in the Security Department’s Pass and ID, Official Visitors Branch, moving up to the position of branch head, the position she held until her retirement in 1981.

She was a dedicated servant to her faith and family and enjoyed spending as much time as possible with her children and grandchildren, especially during the holiday seasons. She enjoyed traveling and RV camping with her husband Jack from Death Valley to Calgary, British Columbia, and everywhere in between. One of her favorite places to camp was on the West Walker River north of Bridgeport. For several consecutive years she and Jack would head north to spend their summers with family and close friends at their favorite campground.

Mother will be forever in our hearts. She is survived by her husband Jack, son Robert Kirkpatrick and wife Shirley, son William Kirkpatrick and wife Loretta, all of Ridgecrest; five grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Barbara Roach of Spokane, Wash., and Joan Fava and husband Vern of Ridgecrest, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her eldest son, James Kirkpatrick of Ridgecrest.

Submitted by the family of Anna Mae Kirkpatrick

Story First Published: 2013-07-17