Peacefully surrounded by her loving family at St. Joseph’s Hospice on Thursday, November 8, 2012 Melba Jennie Kirby (nee Sharpe) passed away at the age of 87.   Loving mother of Janet and Bruce Ross, John and Kim Kirby and Jeff and Janice Kirby.  Cherished grandmother of Brett and Cameron Ross, Tahna, Shelby, Shane and Joey Kirby and Jorrie and Jaydie Kirby.  Dear sister of Freda and Bill Bruner of Waterloo and sister-in-law of Marg Cathcart and Hugh and Heather Kirby.  Predeceased by her parents Fred and Jennie Sharpe of Brigden and her husband Douglas Kirby (2004).  Melba lived a wonderful active and healthy life and was a devoted mother and grandmother.   She was an avid bridge player and loved to travel.  She will be sadly missed by several nieces and nephews and all who knew and loved her.  Melba’s family would like to thank Doctor’s Dostaler, Maddison and Suryavanshi, Bayshore Nurses; Barb and Lia and the wonderful Staff at St. Joseph’s Hospice.  Family and friends will be received on Sunday, November 11, 2012 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia.   A funeral service will be held to celebrate Melba’s life on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. with the interment to follow in Lakeview Cemetery.  Sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice or the Sarnia and District Humane Society (cheques only at the funeral home please).  Memories and condolences may be sent online at

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