Daily Oklahoman, The
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Lucyl A. Shirk was born in Oklahoma City, April 15, 1919, to
John and Carrie Shirk. Her brothers were
Shirk. Lucyl has lived here all her life, baptized and confirmed
in First Lutheran Church, and graduated Old Central High School.
She attended Lindenwood College and the University of
Oklahoma. Her graduate work was in history at OU. She taught in
the Oklahoma City Public Schools until 1954 when the school
board gave her a year's leave to write a history of Oklahoma
City which would be used in the junior high social studies
program. In 1956 she became executive director of the OKC
Council of the Camp Fire Girls, with the additional
responsibility as director of Cam Cimarron, a position she
retained until her retirement in 1979, taught turnpike toll
operators (getting ready for opening the Turner Turnpike).
Through the years Lucyl has followed a path of civic
involvement, having served on the boards of the Mental Health
Association, Westerners International, OKC Beautiful, AXO House
Corporation, the Fire Fighters' Museum, Oklahoma county
Historical Society, Harn Gardens, Inc. She has been associated
actively with various organizations such as Kappa Kappa Iote
(local and state president), Alpha Chi Omega Alumnae (chairman
eight years), Pilot Internation (local president and District
Governor) and Oklahoma Warren's Posse (Sheriff), First Families
of the Twin Territories. Lucyl has traveled extensively from the
Taj Mahal to a safari in east Africa, criss crossing Australia.
The accompanying picture is aboard the Trans Cauadiou Railroad
in 1996. She holds certificates as a Master Mule Skinner in the
Grand Canyon, The Colorado River Runners and Sourtoe River Rat
of the Yukon. Following the philosophy of her brother George
''community service is the rent you pay for your time here on
earth'' she has done volunteer work at the Oklahoma Historical
Society, Harn Homestead, and 1889er Museum, Goodholm Mansion,
Camp Cimarron, Pilot Center, AC A Camp inspection, the Antique
Show of Greater Oklahoma City, and for the United Daughters of
the Confederacy. For many years she actively sponsored the
Chapter #4 of the Confederacy. Recognition awards have included
the Cardinal Service Award, Byliners Award, Honoring Territorial
Governor of Oklahoma, Hidden Heroine of the Girl Scouts, Golden
Lyre Award, and hi 1997 the NSDAR Award for community service.
From UDC she has received certificates of Merit from Division
and General, the Driver Award, the Mrs. Frank J. Douglas Award,
and highest of all, the Jefferson Davis Gold Medal and the
Distinguished Alumni Award (OHS).
Memorials may be made to the Oklahoma City Community Foundation
Carrie H. Shirk Fund, Heart of Oklahoma Council of Camp Fire or
Free to Live.
Lucyl is survived by her nieces, Janis Buchholz and Kristen
Snyder and nephew Michael Shirk. A celebration of her life will
be held at a later date. Hahn-Cook Street & Draper Funeral Home
advised burial at
Rose Hill Cemetery.
Date:1969 Feb 18
The Camp Fire Girls of Oklahoma City Council have a new
headquarters - a spacious white brick house with a Spanish flair
just down the street from the State Capitol
The girls paid for it themselves, using money accumulated
over the years from their annual candy sales. Located at 717 NE
21 the private residence has the atmosphere of a gracious, cozy
Miss Lucyl Shirk, executive director of the Council has an
office on the first floor area. Her office includes two items of
particular interest, her father, John Henry Shirk's desk and a
doll closet, built around 1910 which holds Miss Shirk's
collection of about 50 dolls in native costumes.
Sources: good faith fair use of sources stated above
Compiled, transcribed and submitted by Marti Graham, Oklahoma County, OKGenWeb Coordinator,
January 2009. Information
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related to nor researching any of the above.
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