Marie Kirk Heston, 87, of Waynesboro, passed away Sunday, September 5, 2021, surrounded by her family. She was born August 1, 1934 in Newtown, Pennsylvania, daughter of the late Leslie F. Kirk and Alice Doan Kirk.
Marie was a retired farmer and homemaker. Together with her husband, they grew and sold fruits and vegetables at Heston’s Farm in Waynesboro, until they retired. She participated in the Aquatics Group at Augusta Health Fitness Center and the Middletown Grange, Bucks County, PA. She was known for being a good cook and baker and enjoyed gardening. As a loving mother and grandmother, she enjoyed spending time with her family.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 68 years, Howard Heston, they were married December 31, 1952; two sons, Daniel E. Heston and Brian H. Heston and her brother, Leslie Kirk, Jr.
Survivors include two daughters, LuAnn Duncan of Waynesboro and Audrey Painter and her husband, Charles of Greenville; five grandchildren, Amos Painter, Jeanie Humphries, Lesli Williams, James Heston and Alyssa Duncan; seven great-grandchildren, Madelyn Painter, Eva, Cora and Jensen Humphries, Wyatt Heston, Aubrey Duncan and Alice Miller; her sister, Jeanie Kirk of Langhorne, PA and numerous nieces and nephews.
Most of all she was devoted to her husband and family.
The family would also like to thank Birch Gardens, Hospice of the Shenandoah and the Stuarts Draft Retirement Community for the care they gave.
Marie’s own written obituary:
Marie was born and raised on a dairy and vegetable farm in Bucks Co., PA. All of her life she loved farming and the outdoors. When she was 12 years old her Daddy had her on a Farmall tractor driving wagons loaded with tomatoes grown for Campbell Soup Co. A few years later she learned how to plow and harrow the fields. Here she loved the smell of the earth and felt close to God.
She belonged to the 4-H Club and participated in Home Economics and raised Angus steers in the Baby Beef Club. She graduated from Neshaminy High School, Langhorne, PA in 1952.
After marriage, she and Howard grew and sold fruits and vegetables on their Orchard Hill Farm in PA. It was a wonderful family life with their 4 children. All worked hard together and enjoyed many camping trips.
In 1973 they moved to Rockbridge Baths, VA where Howard designed Indian Bottom Campground.
They went back to their first love of growing fruits and vegetables at Heston’s Farm in Waynesboro, VA
Marie enjoyed the aquatics class of AMC Fitness Center.
In later years they enjoyed spending time in their vegetable and flower gardens and just sitting on the front porch, reminiscing and enjoying the great outdoors.
A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
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