2015-06-04 / Local & State

Local Woman’s Club Gives Kirk Scholarship Fund To FCMC

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Pictured are, front row, left, Jane McDonald, Mike Straley; second row: Darlene Snyder, Phyllis Duffey, Bernice Stewart, Marion Walker, Naomi Waite, Vivian Reilly; third row: Linda Garber, Linda Crampton, Alice Reams, Pat Horton, Jean Weller and Janet McGinnis. Pictured are, front row, left, Jane McDonald, Mike Straley; second row: Darlene Snyder, Phyllis Duffey, Bernice Stewart, Marion Walker, Naomi Waite, Vivian Reilly; third row: Linda Garber, Linda Crampton, Alice Reams, Pat Horton, Jean Weller and Janet McGinnis. Mary Jane Kirk was no stranger to Fulton County Medical Center having been a nurse and a member of the auxiliary. Kirk passed away in 1997, but bequeathed a scholarship fund in her name to McConnellsburg Woman’s Club. An award from the fund was presented annually to a graduating Central Fulton student entering the medical field.

Kirk’s Scholarship Fund of $3,000 was presented to FCMC’s Foundation last week by the local women’s club.

“This is a gift with a lot of history and passion behind it,” said Mike Straley, executive director of the FCMC Foundation. “We are delighted the McConnellsburg Woman’s Club has entrusted our foundation with this gift. Our goal, much like Miss Kirk’s, is to provide funding to local students who want to pursue a career in healthcare as part of our scholarship program.”

Kirk was described as tiny in stature, quiet, humble and extremely kind – always helping anyone in need. In fact, she returned to Fulton County from Rochester, N.Y., to care for her sister and later assisted Dr. MacKinlay with the in-home delivery of babies. She spent the last few years of her life in FCMC’s long-term care.

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