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Wilma A. Kimbley

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

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Wilma A. Kimbley, age 86, died in Colorado Springs on June 28, 2008. Wilma was born near Redfield, Kansas on August 26, 1921. She attended the early grades in school at Arcadia, Kansas until at age 9 her family moved back to the Redfield neighborhood and she attended District 48 grade school and the Redfield Methodist and Mt. Orum church. It was there in Redfield that Wilma met her true love and soul mate, Frederick N. Kimbley. Wilma and Fred were childhood friends, high school sweethearts and husband and wife for 64 years. Wilma went to Fort Scott high school, graduating in 1939 and Fort Scott Junior College where she graduated in 1941 with a State Teachers Certificate. She went on to teach at Pleasant Valley District 9.

In 1942, Wilma and Fred were married and made their home in Wichita, Kansas where Wilma worked for Boeing Aircraft Co. In 1943, Fred joined the Navy and was posted to the Asian Pacific war theater during WWII. Wilma, pregnant with her first child, returned to her parent's home and the long wait until Fred's return home at the end of WWII. In 1946, Fred was discharged from the Navy and they moved to Pittsburg, Kansas where Wilma worked for the Sunshine Biscuit Co. in their payroll department and also at Bethany Hospital. In 1947, they moved to Kansas City where they lived until 1955 when they moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado. In Colorado Springs, Wilma and Fred became charter members of Skyway Baptist Church, now Fellowship of the Rockies, where Wilma devoted much time teaching and helping with church activities. Wilma also spent considerable time managing and maintaining the commercial and residential real estate rental properties they owned. In the mid 1980's they sold their properties, Fred retired and they began to enjoy retirement life, spending their winters in Arizona and their summers in Colorado. Wilma loved dancing and she and Fred were quite accomplished ballroom dancers. They also enjoyed camping in Colorado and taking the occasional Caribbean cruise. Wilma was known for her sweet smiles, gentle disposition, and kind words.

Wilma was blessed by the wonderful and loving care she received during her last year at Brighton Gardens in Colorado Springs and the family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks for the care given by all the Brighton Gardens caregivers.

Wilma is survived by her son and daughter-in-law David and Susan Kimbley of Colorado Springs, two granddaughters, Heather Kohlhase of Monument, Colorado and Jenny Kimbley of Denver and one great grandson, Scott Kohlhase. Wilma was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Kimbley, her son Max Kimbley, her brothers Mitch Mason, G.C. Mason, and Joe Mason and her great grandson Benjamin Kohlhase.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, July 3, 2008, at Fellowship of the Rockies Church, 1625 South 8th street, Colorado Springs. Private entombment will be at the Shrine of Remembrance Mausoleum, 1730 East Fountain Boulevard.