Obituary for Nancy L. Kirklin

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Nancy L. Kirklin

October 19, 1953 - November 26, 2017

Nancy L. (Trankle) Kirklin, age 64, passed away Sunday morning, November 26, 2017, at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. She was a resident of Franklin.

Nancy was born October 19, 1953, in Omaha, Nebraska, to the late Robert J. “Bob” and Anne K. (Winter) Trankle. She was a 1971 graduate of Franklin Community High School. Nancy received her bachelor’s degree in education from Franklin College and went on to earn her master’s degree in education from IUPUI.

Nancy retired in 2007 as a teacher for Blue River Special Ed Co-op in Shelbyville after 15 years of service. She was a member of the Community Congregational Church in Franklin where she participated in many mission trips. Nancy was also a member of the Society of the Descendents of the Schwenkfelders in Pennsylvania.

A lifelong advocate of nutrition and healthy living, Nancy opened the Franklin Cornucopia Health Food Store in 1993, which she owned and operated for 8 years.  

Nancy enjoyed the outdoors by hiking, camping and tending to her flower & vegetable gardens and chickens. She also enjoyed traveling, exercising and researching genealogy. Above all, her primary passion was spending time with her grandchildren.

Nancy married William R. “Bill” Kirklin on December 27, 1974, on her husband’s family farm in Needham Township. He survives after 42 happy and loving years of marriage. She is also survived by her children, Taylor (Vivian) Kirklin of Brooklyn, New York and Anna (Tim) Denoyer of Columbus; sisters, Betty (Keith) Mardis of Springfield, Missouri and Janet (Bill) Phillips of Mitchell; and her grandchildren, Gracen, Clara, Alex and Bennett.

The Rev. Dan McLaughlin will conduct a Celebration of Life Service at 11 a.m. on Thursday at the Community Congregational Church, 4592 N. Hurricane Road in Franklin. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the church. Funeral Services have been entrusted to Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center in Morgantown.

Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Nancy to the Community Congregational Church Missions Fund, 4592 N. Hurricane Road, Franklin, IN 46131 or the Humane Society of Johnson County, 3827 N. Graham Road, Franklin, IN 46131.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be made to the Kirklin family at  Information:  (812) 597-4670.



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Visitation Information

Date: Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Community Congregational Church


4592 N. Hurricane Road, Franklin, IN, 46131

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Service Information

Date: Thursday, November 30, 2017

Time: 11:00 am

Community Congregational Church


4592 N. Hurricane Road, Franklin, IN, 46131

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Born: October 19, 1953
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Condolences for Nancy Kirklin

Jacki and Bob McGurk posted on 11/27/17

Bill, there are no adequate words to express the profound sadness upon hearing the loss of your beloved Nancy. Please know we care tremendously and are sending love and healing energy to you, your children and precious grandchildren during this difficult time. We have wonderful memories of Nancy. Two in particular stand out. One when you both started dating and your wedding. We wish the family peace to bring you comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.


Judy Wright posted on 11/27/17

Bill and family, I’m so sorry for your loss. Nancy was such a lovely lady inside and out. She will be missed.


Meg jones posted on 11/30/17

Bill and family, I am so so sorry for your loss. I just heard this morning and so sorry I missed the service. Nancy was such a wonderful person. I will miss her very much. Love and prayers to you and your family Meg Jones


Barb Cohoon posted on 11/30/17

Nancy's Family, So sorry for your loss. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Barb Cohoon


Annette Maddox posted on 11/30/17

It has been a pleasure getting to know Nancy over the past few years, I will truly miss her shining light and love, my prayers for you all as you celebrate her life and memories. She touched so many throughout the world. God bless you all. Thank you for sharing her with us Heavenly Father.


stephanie moore posted on 11/29/17

Bill, Anna, Taylor....what a shock for everyone to lose Nancy. The last time I saw her face was at Rita/Glen Richardson's wife/mother's funeral. Never in a million years would I have ever imagined her life being cut so short. Someday, we will see her again. I cannot wait until that day. She'd been on my mind a great deal over the past few weeks and when this news popped up, it was hard to comprehend. Please know my prayers are with you all for His Spirit to give you comfort to last a lifetime.


Ellen Early Andrew posted on 12/5/17

Bill and family, I wish you all a day of special moments in this time of sorrow and treasured memories to lift you up. Thinking of you today and lifting you up in prayer.


Cindy Calabra posted on 11/28/17

The Kirklin Family, I will remember Nancy's smiling face and warm greeting. She always asked about my son Matt and his family. I in turn asked about her children and grandchildren. I will miss the laughter (she had a great laugh). Please know my thoughts are with your family.


Florence Chumbley (Polaski) posted on 12/4/17

My heart felt condolence to the whole Kirklin family. There are no words to ease your sorrow except she is at peace. I am not very good at expressing my words well but Nancy & I were class mates and I had been trying to keep tabs but I guess I am not good for that either. My sincere prayers and thoughts are with you all.


Cindy Pitts Hein posted on 11/28/17

I am so sorry for your loss. Nancy was such a wonderful person. She will be missed. You are in my prayers.


Michael Kaiser posted on 11/29/17

Bill you and family are in my prayers


Susan Montgomery McEowen posted on 11/28/17

I didn’t get to spend much time with Nancy or Bill, but am grateful to have known them through my friend, Kathy Cuppy. My sweet memories: Nancy & Bill attended my wedding and the little honey pot they gave us has been on my kitchen counter everyday since Sept. 1983. I recently posted a photo on Facebook of a party I had for Kathy that Nancy attended to share a fun photo of her. 3words: “Corn Pig Out.” One morning while listening to NPR, they read a letter from Nancy Kirklin and hearing her name made me smile. Nancy was beautiful in so many ways. I am deeply saddened to hear of her passing.


Ruth Marchand Cox posted on 11/27/17

Dear Bill. Betty, Janet, and family, I am so sorry to hear about Nancy's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time, especially during this happy season of the birth of our Christ. God is with you and surrounding you with His love, I am sure. Please know that many friends you haven't seen for years still care and pray for a time of comfort knowing Nancy is with many of our parents and friends. God bless. In God's love, Ruth Marchand Cox


Julie Kellis posted on 11/27/17

I am truly thankful that Nancy came into my life when I moved to Franklin. Please know that you are in my thoughts.


LAURA CAPSHAW posted on 11/27/17

The world has lost one of its greatest treasures. Nancy was such a kind, loving, beautiful Soul. I wish deep peace to her family and friends. Deep peace of the flowing air to you. Deep peace of the running wave to you. Deep peace of the shining stars to you. Deep peace of the eternal earth to you. Deep peace.


Oakleigh and Phyllis Westfall posted on 11/29/17

Janet. We know this isn't easy for you--a death in the family never is. We're sorry.


Jane Keeler posted on 11/30/17

Nancy got her wings this week, and we will have to learn to live without her in our lives. She was a great friend for many decades and I'm sure I will see her again someday. Nancy was the best, and I will miss her always.