December 27, 1955 - January 5, 2016
Kimberly Elizabeth Nelson began her wonderful life journey on December 27, 1955 when she was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Jack W. and Bobby Pennington Nelson. Up to that time her sister, Christie, had been an only child and asked Santa for a little sister for Christmas. She got her wish, albeit two days late! The Nelsons were a close knit family and Kim was showered with love and affection. All three members of Kim’s immediate family preceded her in death.
Kim’s lifetime love of animals began with her first dog, a Boxer named Brandy. Brandy was so loyal and protective she would let Kim ride her like a horse and made sure the neighborhood kids didn’t mess with her. Other dogs, cats and horses also played a major role in her life.
Kim inherited a deep sense of adventure from her father, who encouraged her to do anything she set her mind to do. As a child, Kim thought about becoming an oceanographer. Although she didn’t pursue that career field, she did take up scuba and snorkeling and enjoyed the wonders of the deep blue sea in her travels to Cozumel, Cancun and Hawaii. Her overall love of travel led her to other distant places such as England, Scotland, France, Italy, Spain, Tunisia and Australia.
Following the death of her father and sister, Kim and her mother grew even closer. They were two single women, looking out for one another. When her mother fell ill, Kim became her caretaker, which she considered the greatest honor and role of her lifetime.
After Bobby’s death, Kim sought an outlet to relieve her grief. She cultivated interests in holistic medicine, meditation, Tai Chi and Yoga. These practices served her well in dealing with grief, and later helped her immensely when she was diagnosed with mesothelioma.
Kim was a 1974 graduate of Lake Highlands High School and earned a B.S. in Business Management from LeTourneau University. She had a long-term career in Human Resources Management, and was recognized for her ability to build rapport and trusting relationships with her business colleagues. Her last employment was with AccentCare. Prior long term employers were Chase Paymentech and Metropolitan Savings & Loan.
She has served as a volunteer at Seven Loaves Food Pantry, Operation Kindness and Attitudes and Attire. She also formerly served as a Board Member for Contact Crisis Line, Dallas. She was a member of St. Andrew United Methodist Church, Plano.
Family and friends all comment that she was the most caring, generous person they knew. She was always trying to do her best, thinking of others and offering kindness. Other words used to describe her were independent, a learner and insightful. She loved a good laugh even in trying situations.
Kim is survived by an aunt, several cousins and her beloved cat Molly.
She wished to thank Dr. John D. Hughes and Robin Dore, PA-C, Southwest Pulmonary Associates, Dr. June Meymand, The Healing Arts Cancer and Wellness Center, Jane Stahl, her live-in caregiver with Acappella Home Health, and her caregiving team at Faith Presbyterian Hospice for their superlative care. She was also very appreciative of the care she received from Judy Rogers and Pleasant Gardens the last few days of her life. She was incredibly grateful for the loving support she received from all of her friends and family. She wanted to especially recognize these caregivers who provided so much loving support to her during her illness: Nancy Mackey, Debby Hendrix, Molly Isbell, Bill and Sherry Isbell, John Stendebach, David Gregory, Betty Moltz, Gay Doyle, Betsy Hunt and Sharon Scott.
She died of mesothelioma on January 5, 2016 and looked forward to her next journey with God and a joyous reunion with her family.
A memorial service will be held at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 5801 W. Plano Parkway, Plano, TX 75093 at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, January 28, 2016 in the church sanctuary with a reception to follow in the church parlor.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either:
Seven Loaves Community
5801 W. Plano Parkway
Plano, TX 75093
3201 Earhart Drive
Carrollton, TX 75006
Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252