Marti Hinson Kirk, of Amarillo, died Sunday, December 18, 2011
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, January 2, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Polk Street United Methodist Church with Marty Hamrick officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Marti was born March 12, 1938 in Henderson, Texas. She is a graduate of Groom High School and West Texas State University with a B.S. in Fine Arts. She also received a secondary education certification in library science from WTSU.
She married Jay Kirk in 1964 and they began a beautiful journey together. They met at Crockett Junior High School where Marti was a teacher and Jay a counselor and they became the ‘darlings of the school’. The students would stand and cheer every time the two of them attended events together.
Marti enjoyed a fulfilling career as an educator and mentor, teaching in the Amarillo schools from 1960 until her retirement in 1993 and was much admired and loved by hundreds of students at the campuses where she served She was a speech teacher and debate coach at Crockett and at Tascosa High School and later was the librarian at the “new” Amarillo High School, where she served until her retirement. She was a member of the Amarillo Classroom Teachers Association, Texas State Teachers Association and the National Education Association.
She was extremely devoted to and active in her church; Polk Street United Methodist. She used her talents to create and direct children’s plays for the church and served as a women’s circle leader.
Marti was an avid participant in and supporter of fine arts. While a student at WT she spent many happy hours acting in WT theatre productions. She had leading roles in several plays, including the first production held in the Branding Iron Theater, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She was the winner of ten acting awards at WT, including Best Actress in a Three-Act Play for four years. She was inducted into the Branding Iron Theater Hall of Fame in 1990 and was a member of the first class of inductees to receive that honor.
Speech and drama remained an important part of Marti’s life after graduation and, while at Tascosa, she coached three speech teams to state UIL championships. She wrote and directed plays about historical events for students to perform in the library at AHS. She also appeared in television commercials.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Truman and Crim Goodlett of Groom, and her brother, Bob.
Survivors include her husband, Jay Kirk, of Amarillo, and her sister, Betty Hosea, and niece, Debbie Lacey, both of Irving, Texas.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorials be to Polk Street United Methodist Church, 1401 S. Polk St., Amarillo, TX, 79101.