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Andover — Darcy Scudder Kirk, 90-years-old and formerly of Andover, passed away on July 1, 2014 after a long journey with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born Darcy Scudder on March 21, 1924 in Red Bank, N.J. Her family moved a few years later to Brielle, N.J., where she was raised. Her father was an architect and her mother a real estate broker. She had two older brothers, Henry and Joseph (Jody). As a young girl, she developed a love of animals and especially horses. After high school she went to college for two years, finishing in Washington, D.C. where she obtained work at the Pentagon during the World War II years. At the end of the war, she began a two-year position with the Red Cross in the Philippines working with U.S. troops still stationed there. Before her departure for the Philippines, she was engaged to a Naval officer, Charles (Charlie) Kirk. When she returned to Washington, D.C., they were married (in 1947). Charlie chose to stay in the Navy and they began a married life of travel and relocation through the Navy. They were stationed in London (England), Virginia, California and Ohio, finally settling in Andover in 1963 when Charlie retired from the Navy. Along the way, Darcy and Charlie had four daughters, Darcy Kirk (of Hartford, Conn.), Karen Rowland (of Deerfield, N.H.), Suzanne Martin (of Napa, Calif.) and Kathleen Brown (of Green Cove Springs, Fla.).

Once settled permanently in Andover, Darcy’s life was busy with her husband’s and daughters’ activities, but most especially her horses. Darcy and Charlie purchased a property in Andover which had a barn and ample land for Darcy to return to her love of horses and animals. She began the next chapter of her life with raising and training horses. She drove buggies and sleighs, taught riding lessons and took her daughters to horse shows. She also had many dogs and cats and even a goat, for a while. In addition, Darcy was active with the local 4H and Pony Clubs where she introduced many young people to the love and responsibility that goes with caring for a horse. She was also active with the Town of Andover Historical Society and Christ Church Episcopal (including its Thrift Shop for over 40 years and its children’s choir where all four daughters were members). Once her daughters were older, Darcy became a real estate broker, and later, a grandmother of five. She was well known and respected in her community as a town historian, an avid bridge player, and a great horsewoman.

Darcy and Charlie loved to travel in the United States as well as to exotic places like China, Africa, Egypt, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, the Caribbean and the Galapagos Islands. Darcy lost her dear husband, Charlie, in 1994, but she continued to travel with friends and her daughters, and especially loved to anticipate the next adventure. In addition to her four daughters, Darcy is survived by her five grandchildren, Molly Rowland, Alec Bates, Emma Bates, Morgen Johnston and Dane Johnston and her three sons-in-law, Kelley Bates, Don Martin and Tom Brown.

ARRANGEMENTS: A private family remembrance and burial will take place later in the summer. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in her memory to the Massachusetts SPCA (MSPCA), 400 Broad St., Methuen, MA 01844. (978-687-7435) – this location supports an equine protection unit - Nevins Farm.
Published on  July 10, 2014
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