Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home

920 Central Ave, Connersville, IN


Thomazine Kirkham

November 19, 1923December 8, 2019

Thomazine (Tommie) Kirkham, 96, formerly of Connersville, IN, passed away peacefully Dec. 8, 2019 in Minnetonka, MN at New Perspective Senior Living.

Tommie was born Nov. 19, 1923 in Orleans, IN, to Stephen and Zola (Dillon) Wilfong. After graduation from high school she attended Methodist Hospital School of nursing, receiving her RN degree in 1946. She worked as a nurse in pediatrics, surgery and as a school nurse in the Connersville, IN school system during her career. Tommie was active in many civic organizations and was a dedicated member of Disciples of Christ churches. After the death of her husband Max in 1986, Tommie lived in several cities to be close to her daughters - Carmel, IN, St. Louis, MO, Newark, OH, and Minnetonka, MN.

Tommie is preceded in death by her parents, husband Max Kirkham, son Robert, and son-in-law Keith Lucas.

Surviving are brother William (Ruth) Wilfong of Indianapolis, IN, daughters Sara Lucas of St. Louis, MO, and Suzanne (David) Aschenbeck of Minnetonka, MN, grandchildren Amy Hughes, Chris Niehaus, Noel Niehaus, Kurt (Anna) Aschenbeck, Laura Vogel, and Anna (Aaron) Yoder, great-grandchildren Zoe, Maggie, and Claire Hughes, Micah and Phineas Vogel, Berney Aschenbeck, and Isaac Yoder, nephew Stephen (Dorothy) Wilfong and niece Leslie (David) Surhe.

A graveside service will be conducted at 3p.m. Friday, December 20, 2019 at Dale Cemetery, section K, in Connersville. The family will receive friends Thursday, December 19, 2019 at Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home, Meyers Chapel, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and also, Friday December 20, 2019, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Central Christian Church, 800 Central Ave Connersville, Indiana 47331.


  • Visitation for Family & Friends Thursday, December 19, 2019
  • Visitation for Family & Friends Friday, December 20, 2019
  • Graveside Service Friday, December 20, 2019


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Lena Smith

January 2, 2020

I don't know any of Mrs. Kirkham's family, but fondly remember her as one of the nicest school nurses. She always had a smile on her face and sometimes just seeing her made you feel better. Prayers to the family.

Martha Knotts

December 20, 2019

Suzanne & Sara,
I was so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I have such fond memories of Tommie and all the times our families spent together through the years. She was a great friend to my mother and they had such fun on their travels together after our fathers were both gone. Please send my heartfelt condolences to your families in your time of sorrow.
Warmest regards,

Gelenda Slone

December 18, 2019

I am so very sorry to read of your mother's passing. It's never easy.💔🙏

Betty Gay Fox

December 17, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of loss. She will never be far away as long as you keep your memories with her in your heart.

Randall Klemme

December 16, 2019

Mrs Kirkham was my school nurse when I was in grade school at Grandview School back in the early 70s. She always had a smile every day. God bless her family at this time