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Jessica M. Kirkland

November 8, 1992 March 9, 2019
Jessica M. Kirkland
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Jessica “Jessie” Marie (Banter) Kirkland, 26

FORT WAYNE – Jessica “Jessie” Marie (Banter) Kirkland, 26, gained her angel wings at 7:51 p.m. Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.
She was born on November 8, 1992 in Muncie the daughter of Teresa Louise (Cale) Oswalt and Jeff A. Banter.
Jessie graduated from Southern Wells High School in 2011 and International Business College in Fort Wayne with her Associates Degree in 2012.
She married Joshua Allen Kirkland on August 18, 2018 at Anchor Community Church in Fort Wayne.
Jessie worked at Women’s Health Advantage in Fort Wayne as a Medical Assistant and was a member of Anchor Community Church.
She loved spending time with her husband, Josh and her dog Abby, especially taking walks with them. Her family and friends were a very important part of her life and she loved spending time together with them also. She liked to watch LIVE PD, SIMS gaming, roller skating, bowling, eating peanut M & M’s and gummy bears and drinking smoothies. She also enjoyed Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Fighting.
Jessie will be sadly missed by her husband, Josh Kirkland of Fort Wayne; mother, Teresa L. (Cale) Oswalt (companion, Richard Doublin) of Richmond; father, Jeff A. Banter of Hartford City; sisters, Amanda L. (husband, Dan) Whitehead of Richmond and Tiffany S. (husband, Adolfo) Rodriguez of Carmel; sister-in-law, Lillie Doublin of Muncie; aunts and uncles, James “Jimmy” (wife, Rhonda) Cale of Hartford City, Gary D. (wife, Gina) Cale of Marion, Cynthia J. (husband, Steve) Shepherd of St. Mary’s and Laurie Byall of Apopka, FL; father-in-law, Donald “Donnie” Kirkland (fiancé, Mona Schenher) of Fort Wayne; grandparents, Eugene and Isola Banter of Hartford City and Nancy and Terry Kinbel of Leo; several cousins, nephew, Landen J. Wilson and several other nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her brother, Brent R. Doublin, mother-in-law, Brenda Goodwin, grandparents, James R. and Joan (Crouse) Cale and Beverly (Besser) Banter.
Funeral service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Keplinger Funeral Home, 509 N. High St., Hartford City. Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Keplinger Funeral Home.
Memorials may be sent to Riley Foundation-In Memory of Jessica Banter Kirkland, 30 S. Meridian St. Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46204
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