Mary Beth Kirkland

Published 6:04 am Saturday, July 6, 2019

Mary Beth Kirkland of Hatteras Village died July 2, 2019. She was 91.

Mary Beth, a native of South Carolina, taught first grade in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and West Virginia, where she retired from teaching.

After vacationing each fall in Hatteras Village starting in 1994, Mary Beth came to live by the sea in the Village in October 2011 for what she had planned to be an eight-month adventure after the death of her husband, Bill Kirkland.  She never left, falling in love with the people and the very special sense of community in Hatteras.

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Survivors include daughters Jennifer Kirkland of Staunton, Virginia and Laurie Kirkland Ziegler and husband John Ziegler of Williamsburg, Virginia, nieces and nephews and their children and friends.

In lieu of flowers, Mary Beth asked that donations be made in her memory to the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum [59200 Museum Drive, Hatteras, NC 27943] and the Hatteras Library [57709 NC-12, Hatteras, NC 27943]. Her daughters will host a get together for family and friends in late October in Hatteras Village, details to be announced.

Twiford Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories can be shared at