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Mrs. Ruby J. Kirk-Gray

July 17, 1917 October 15, 2018
Mrs. Ruby J. Kirk-Gray
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Ruby J. Currin Kirk-Gray started out life in the small town of Hugoton, Kansas receiving her higher education at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas, the University of Colorado and Colorado Women's College. From there, she set out to make her beautiful mark on the world by living out her personal and determined creed: "Service to others".

Miss Currin late married William H. Kirk who shared her passion for service.
The couple had saved every penny earned to open Kirk Mortuary now Caldwell-Kirk Mortuary. In time, both Ruby and William were named esteemed board members of the National Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association. William H. Kirk passed away in 1984.

In February 1988, Ruby married Mr. Elliott Gray, the couple continued their spirit of philanthropy. They assisted children and youth by establishing bank accounts, and providing counsel and encouragement.

Ruby also established a scholarship fund in memory of her late first husband, endowing the William H. Kirk Memorial Scholarship Fund to provide aid to young women whom otherwise would not been able to attend college. Ruby also was founder of the Learning to Live Again Organization, a grief support group, under sponsorship of the mortuary.

She also organized The "Operation Push" movement in Denver and served as coordinator for many years. As well, she founded the popular Top -Ten Gospel Hour on KDKO Radio. Meantime, as a longtime member of Shorter Community A.M.E. Church, Mrs. Ruby Kirk-Gray in 1956 organized a young women’s club known as The Matrons.

Ruby Kirk-Gray has a long line of accolades including: “Woman of the Year” by the National Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association; Iota Phi Lambda Sorority; a life member of Denver Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Urban League, the N.A.A.C.P. and the Colorado Association of Colored Women’s Clubs. She also was inducted into the Halls of Fame of the Black Chamber of Commerce and the Esquire Club of Denver. She was named a “Colorado Living Legend” in a 1997 celebration hosted by Norwest Bank of Colorado. And was inducted into the Colorado Gospel Music Academy & Hall of Fame.

Mrs. Kirk-Gray says this about living a life of service; “The only way we can have anything is to share, give it away, direct it for the service of others. When we enrich the lives of others, we find our own greatest fulfillment. If we are willing to surrender the false ego, the little self, and engulf ourselves in a dream, a goal, an ambition, in love and service to others, then the Kingdom of Heaven will be opened to us.” Her statement adds perspective to the beautiful portrait of service drawn by Ruby’s life.


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Previous Events

Visitation

Tuesday

30

Oct

4:00 PM 10/30/2018 4:00:00 PM - 9:00 PM 10/30/2018 9:00:00 PM
Caldwell-Kirk Funeral & Cremation Services

2101 N. Marion Street
Denver, CO 80205

Caldwell-Kirk Funeral & Cremation Services
2101 N. Marion Street Denver 80205 CO
United States

Service

Wednesday

31

Oct

11:00 AM 10/31/2018 11:00:00 AM
Shorter Community AME Church

3100 Richard Allen Ct.
Denver, CO 80205

Shorter Community AME Church
3100 Richard Allen Ct. Denver 80205 CO
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Fairmount Cemetery Final Resting Place

430 S. Quebec Street
Denver, CO 80247

430 S. Quebec Street Denver 80247 CO
US
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