Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Passing of a Dear Friend at Cedar Ridge Academy Co-ed Therapeutic Boarding School

Today at Cedar Ridge Academy Co-ed Therapeutic Boarding School, we have experienced a great loss.  This past October a member of our staff, Kim Kimbel was diagnosed with leukemia.  Kim fought very hard to keep her strength up and stay healthy enough for the chemotherapy.  Both the boys and girls gave her a huge outpouring of love and support.  This afternoon, we lost our dear friend Kim.  She will be missed by all, staff and students.

In her element, Kim was always keeping tabs on the world
Kim started at Cedar Ridge Academy about ten and a half years ago as a staff in the residential homes.  Less than a year after she started she transitioned to work in the kitchen where she found her calling.  The students loved the food that she made and the energy that she brought to the kitchen.  She was always willing to help out.  Almost all of the cakes that have been baked on-campus to celebrate birthdays and graduations have been artistically created by her.

One of the many cakes that she made
Since her diagnosis, the students have been writing cards to her to help keep her spirits up.  Kim had adopted a motto of “Forever Rely On God” or FROG.  Her hospital room in Salt Lake City was full of frogs and she was giving away little rubber frogs to anyone that was a part of her support team.  In her memory, the students all received a frog today.  In addition, this year’s charity Christmas tree for the annual Festival of Trees was dedicated in Kim’s honor.  The Festival of Trees will be held this weekend and will be a bittersweet tribute to a life well lived.

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Cedar Ridge Academy's entry in the Festival of Trees
Kim is survived by her husband, five children, two step-children, and two grandchildren as well as numerous friends here at the school. In her free time she enjoyed spending time with her family and providing a happy home for them.   She was known to say, “Work is where I am happy.”  She truly loved being here and helping the students to grow and mature.  Her supervisor Barbie has often said, “We could never ask for a better employee.”  She truly tried to live life the right way and had amazing integrity. Kim brightened the lives of many that passed through our doors and we will miss her so much. We love you Kim!

Kim Kimbel

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