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Nancy Timmins Kirk ’70

 Nancy Timmins Kirk an interfaith advocate, died on August 28, 2018. She was preceded in death by husband William "Bill" Kirk in 2003. She is survived by son Ben, his partner Jeremy; daughter Jessica; and sister Kathy Timmins.

  Born in New York City, Ms. Kirk completed high school in Dallas, TX, held an MA from the University of Illinois at Springfield, and held a BA from Antioch College. She was also a Certified Fundraising Executive, a graduate of Leadership Omaha, and active as a community volunteer.

  Ms. Kirk moved to Omaha in 1975 to develop arts programs at the State Penitentiary and theatre programs with the Nebraska and Iowa Schools for the Deaf. She also served as Associate Director at The Nebraska Arts Council and the Metropolitan Arts Council in Omaha. While at Metro Arts, she won the national Dawson Arts Management Award for her book Lobbying for the Arts.

  Ms. Kirk was also known as an expert in antique quilts, fabrics and quilt restoration. She started The Kirk Collection with her late husband in 1987 and continued to manage its website until her death.

  An author and speaker, she wrote hundreds of articles, produced DVDs on the art of quilt restoration and authored several books, including Taking Care of Grandma’s Quilt and Collecting Antique Quilts. Recently, Ms. Kirk served as the first Executive Director of The Tri-Faith Initiative, a unique project to build a campus with a synagogue, a Christian Church, a mosque and an interfaith center in Omaha, NE.

   Her memorial service is 11am Saturday, Sept. 15, at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 925 84th St Omaha. Family to direct memorials.