Obituary: Karen Quirk

She was born on March 29, 1936, to Harry and Muriel Sorensen
Karen Quirk
Posted at 4:10 PM, Sep 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-11 18:11:36-04

Karen Quirk, 83, of Black Eagle, Montana, passed away September 5, 2019. She was born on March 29, 1936, to Harry and Muriel Sorensen in Muskegon, Michigan. Her family moved to Great Falls, Montana in 1951.

She was a ballet, tap, and toe dancer, as well as, a dance instructor starting at a young age. She met the love of her life, David Quirk in August of 1953 and was married on December 26, 1953. Their marriage lasted 64 years until "death do us part" when dad left us August 30, 2017. Mom was never the same again, as she mentally left with him on that day. Mom continually asked about him, and always wanted to make sure we were taking care of him, and that he was fed. The dementia never allowed her to remember he was gone.

Their marriage was a journey of a lifetime that she thoroughly enjoyed. On November 15, 1954, she gave birth to her first born, Daniel Quirk. When Dan was just 1 year old, mom and Dan traveled by ship to Morocco in North Africa where dad was stationed. After returning to the United States, the family was stationed in Moses Lake, Washington where Tami was born in October of 1958, and Linda was born in October 1961.

In 1963, our family moved to live in Germany until 1967. Mom taught ballet and tap dancing while living in Germany and in Fort Benton when we returned to Montana. She traveled to different countries in Europe and loved every adventure. She continued to travel with Dad to visit Linda and Doug in Turkey, England, Germany, and many places state wide.

Mom was a homemaker most of her life, something she did very well. She always had a good meal on the table that everyone enjoyed. The holidays were her favorite. She loved to bake, decorate, and she always had a unique way to set the table for each occasion.

At her request there will be no service, only a private burial.

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