Elise Catherine Birks, 71, passed away from this life on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at Wingate of West Springfield. Born in Hartford, CT she was the daughter of Bishop Henry Evans Birks and Pearline (Barber) Birks. Sister Birks was a lifelong resident of Springfield and worked for many years as a Home Health Aide. She was devoted to the Apostolic Holiness faith and a member of Holy Ghost Temple Church. Predeceased by brothers Kalaii Kano Griffin, Bishop Henry Louis Birks, and Samuel Clarence Birks. She is survived by two sons Robert Birks, and Duane Birks ( and Charmaygne) of Springfield, MA and a daughter Lisa Birks-Todd (and Derrick); her siblings James Edward Griffin of East Windsor, CT, Dennis William Birks, Nelson Ernest Birks, Flora Leola Birks Rogers all of Holyoke, MA, Frances Elizabeth Birks of Springfield MA, Bessie Mae Birks of West Springfield and Vivian Hill of Springfield MA; 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. The calling hour will be Friday 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. at the Holy Ghost Temple Church, 30 Massasoit Ave., West Springfield, followed by the funeral at 11 a.m.
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