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Mary Kathryn Spotts Irwin “Katie” | Obituary

Mary Kathryn Spotts Irwin “Katie”

June 15, 1929 – August 01, 2022

Katie Irwin died on Monday August 1, 2022 at the age of 93 at Church of God Home, Carlisle. She was the widow of attorney Harold S. Irwin Jr..

Katie was born in Carlisle to Lee and Roland Spotts on June 15, 1929. She graduated from Carlisle High School in 1947 and Shippensburg University in 1974. Katie worked as a paralegal in the offices of Irwin, Irwin and Irwin after obtaining his diploma.

She served on the Helen Stevens Mental Health Board, chair of Carlisle Republican Women and Cumberland County Republican Women. After her conversion to the Lord Jesus Christ in 1951, she and her husband became charter members of Grace Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School to women for 22 years, served as principal of the Daily Vacation School, and managed the Grace Baptist Book Store.

In 1981 Katie became a founding member of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Carlisle where she taught women’s Bible studies, served on the library, outreach and Christian education committees. She has also spoken at various local Sunday schools, Christian women’s clubs and women’s retreats.

After her husband’s death, Katie lived in Florida for 17 years where she taught women’s Bible studies and participated in prison ministry in Collier and Henry counties and later at the Cumberland County Jail, Carlisle. She has also been involved in music ministry for nearly 70 years, playing piano, organ, and vocals, including the Florida Baptist Singing Women, Cape Coral Community Chorus, and Southwest Florida Symphony Chorus.

Katie was predeceased by her husband, Harold S. Irwin, Jr. in 1986. She leaves 5 children: Harold S. (wife Kate) Irwin III of Carlisle, Rebecca Irwin (husband John) Walter of Fayetteville, GA, Timothy E. (wife Barb) Irwin of Boiling Springs, Jonathan J. Irwin of Carlisle and Rachel Irwin (husband Philip) Shaw of Boiling Springs. She is also survived by 18 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.

If anything has been accomplished in this life, it is because of the grace of God through faith in his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and by God working in this life both to will and to do his good. pleasure.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 27, 2022 at Carlisle Reformed Presbyterian Church, 14 Westminster Drive Carlisle, PA 17013 with the Reverend Matt Purdy officiating. Interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family in Westminster Cemetery presided over by the Reverend Decherd Stevens.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Katie’s memory to the Book of the Month program at Carlisle Reformed Presbyterian Church, 14 Westminster Drive Carlisle, PA 17013

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