Patricia Avalon Kimber of South Jordan, Utah passed away Thursday evening, March 20, 2014 at the Crosslands Healthcare Center in Sandy, Utah. She was born January 13, 1936 in Torrance County (near Mountianair), New Mexico to Edgar G. and Verlan Loyese Kelley Thornley. She was preceeded in death by her parents and her only sibling, a brother Olan K. Thornley.
She claimed both Las Cruces, New Mexico (where she attended grade school) and Deming, New Mexico (where she attended high school) as her home towns.
In the latter part of 1956, she and her mother were contacted by missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They were baptized into the church January 28, 1957. She met her future husband at the first at the church meeting she attended after her baptism where he was serving as official “greeter”. They were married October 12, 1957. She is survived by her husband (Irvin G. Kimber), four children (Rhonda, Paul, Lela Beth and Steven), 11 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild.
She was devoted to her family and church. She enjoyed camping with her family (in desert or mountains), writing poetry or prose, reading books, and the arts of drawing/painting. She also had a great love of the desert’s grandeur/beauty and western history.
Her poetry has won top awards in state, national and international competitions and many of her poems have been published. She has served as judge for several poetry and literary contests both locally and nationally. She also served as judge in local area art contests.
She was active in the Salt Lake Chapter of the National League of American Pen Women until it was terminated and served a term as president.
She and her husband served as Contest Chair and Clerk for the National Federation of State Poetry Societies for three years. They also served as Mailing Coordinators for the Utah State Poetry Society for ten years.
She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
The family wishes to thank all of the staff of the Crosslands Healthcare Center who provided her with loving care for the past seven months. Patricia enjoyed very much the opportunity of being able to go to church, Relief Society, getting her hair done, playing bingo and other activities.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, March 26th in the South Jordan River 8th Ward Chapel (1255 W. 10775 So.) at 2:00 pm where friends and family will meet from 1:00-2:00pm prior to services. (She chose to be cremated, so no viewing or graveside service will be held.)
It is requested that, in lieu of flowers, family and friends consider making a monetary donation for printing a book of her poetry by the Utah State Poetry Society.