Charlene “Sarge” Kirkbride, 91, of Vermont, passed away at 7:11 PM, Saturday, January 25, 2020, at the Rushville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rushville.
She was born on December 27, 1928, in Kewanee, Illinois, the daughter of Herman Bryan and Fairy Amsfeld (Lane) Manuel. She first married Charles Richard Cable and he preceded her in death on December 22, 1960. She later married Charles Kirkbride in 1964 and he survives.
Also surviving are three children Vickie Ruppel and husband John of Beardstown, Patsy Reedy of Ipava and Jeffrey “Kim” Cable of Browning, ten grandchildren Trina Corbett and husband Casey, Bryan Ruppel and wife Deanna, Jennifer Unland, Lori Williams and husband Jeff, Sarah Ruppel, Jason Danner and wife Staci, Jeremy Danner and wife Rikki, Jessica Hammond and husband Cale, Leah Carpenter and husband Dylan, and Alison Price and husband Carson, eleven great grandchildren Joshua Corbett and wife Rachael, Jacob Corbett, Jacey Baker and husband Nicholas, Kaler Looker, Levi Ruppel and fiancée Hannah, Evan Ruppel, Sydney Danner, Christian Danner, Max Danner, Macie Hammond and Jazzlyn Hammond, one great great grandson Wyatt Corbett, a sister-in-law JoAnn Manuel of Arenzville, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband and brother Paul Hugh Manuel.
Charlene was a graduate of Astoria High School and the Macomb Beauty School. She worked at Wells-Lamont in Beardstown, Gayman Dog Kennels in Roseville and Modern Woodmen. She became a beauty operator and had Charlene’s Beauty Shop in Vermont for 15 years. She moved to Indianapolis Indiana for 8 years before returning to Vermont in 1992.
She was a member of the Browning Church of Christ. She loved her flowers, was very artistic and enjoyed drawing, painting, ceramics, needlepoint and embroidery. She liked to quilt and made fourteen baby quilts to give away. She was a very talented piano player. She loved camping and traveling with her brother and sister-in-law.
Graveside services will be at 11:00 AM, Friday, January 31, 2020, at the Browning Cemetery, near Browning, with John Ruppel officiating. Interment will follow. Memorials are suggested to the Browning Church of Christ.