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Sara Kim Kimmell Alexander

Posted By Hall-Wynne On September 12, 2012 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | No Comments

Sara “Kim” Kimmel Alexander, 65, of Durham died suddenly on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at her residence.

She was born in Bryan, TX on July 4, 1947, the daughter of the late James Young Alexander and Marianne Kimmel Oliver. Kim was very fond of her mother’s late husband William Oliver known affectionately as “Olly.”

Kim graduated from Texas Tech UnIversity with a BA in English and a minor in Physical Education where she was also a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Kim earned a graduate teaching certificate from Southwest Texas University. She began her career in education as as physical education teacher at St. Luke Catholic School in San Antonio, TX. Kim started the first parochial school league for boys and girls in basketball, volleyball and track and field in San Antonio. When school was out Kim headed to camp as a counselor where she combined her love of children, teaching, sports and the Texas Hill country. The last camp she worked at was Camp Champion as Water Front Director and supervisor of all water-related activities and personnel. She moved to Durham in 1979 where she worked as a claims adjuster until her retirement.

Kim’s 4th of July birthday was for years a cause of celebration with many friends gathering to wish her a happy birthday and to celebrate our Nation’s birth. Kim loved having company. Her home was her sanctuary and reflected her many interests. Kim was a gracious hostess making all guests feel welcome by preparing a special dish often from her mother’s recipe collection. Kim especially enjoyed giving homemade cookies to friends and the Durham homeless shelter at Christmastime.

Kim also loved flowers; among her favorites were roses from her own rose garden. As long as there were flowers in the garden there were arrangements in the house. Kim loved all creatures, especially birds, her cat and her two corgies Maize and Mac who were constant companions.

Kim was an avid reader, an interesting conversationalist, and a dedicated Blue Devils fan. She was a loyal friend with a big heart. One of her last acts of kindness was to donate her recently cut hair to Locks of Love for cancer patients.

Kim is survived by a brother Peter Alexander, a sister Polly Mayhew, nephews James and Sean and a niece Alexandra – all of Dayton, Ohio; her best friend and long-time housemate Ellie Mazack of Durham who considered Kim the sister she never had, and her good friend and college roommate Carra Myers of San Antonio.

A celebration of Kim’s life will be held on Friday, September 28th, in the Franklin Room at the Chapel Hill University Inn, 1301 N. Fordham Blvd., Chapel Hill at 6 PM.

Contributions may be made in Kim’s memory to the Animal Protection Society of Durham at 2117 E. Club Blvd. # 101 Durham, NC 27704.

Arrangements for the Alexander family are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Online condolences www.hallwynne.com, select obituaries.


Condolences for the family of “Sara Kim Kimmell Alexander”

Condolence from Ellen Young on September 19th, 2012 12:00 am

To the family of Kim,

I met Kim in our neighborhood of Watts Hospital years ago in walking. She was so dear, always so friendly and we talk several times. I had not seen her in years, and we came across each other in a grocery somewhere, and caught up at that time. She always remember me from each time, she always so caring and thoughtful. Please know all of you are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time. I will miss seeing her smiles.
With my deepest sympathy, Ellen Young

Condolence from Ginger Edwards on September 22nd, 2012 12:00 am

Kim you will be missed by many. You entered my life several years ago and we went through a lot together. I grew to know you and to see what a loyal, loving,and generous person you were. There are so many memories. I know you are at peace now sharing time with your mom. May your family, especially Ellie get the support she needs to face the grieving process ahead. I will miss your roses each year and your sense of humor. Farewell Friend, ginger

Condolence from Mines family on September 24th, 2012 12:00 am

When tragedy strikes and takes the life of our loved ones, we cry out due to the pain in our hearts. Although your pain will not so easily disappear. Remember that God is near to those who are broken in heart and those who are crushed in spirit he saves. Psalm 34:18 Please accept our sincere condolences.

Condolence from Dina Anderson on September 25th, 2012 12:00 am

To Kim’s Family:
I am so sorry for your loss. As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life’s routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. Please find comfort in the following Bible verse, John 11: 11 where Jesus said: “… Lazarus our friend has gone to rest, but I am journeying there to awaken him from sleep.” Please also find comfort in knowing that our Almighty Heavenly Father holds out the hope of the resurrection and the ability to see our loved ones again.

Condolence from Judy Thorpe on December 15th, 2012 12:00 am

As we make our journey thru this life, death is the last stop. The Bible helps us in our time of sorrow. Even the perfect man,Jesus Christ, “Gave way to tears.” So greatly grieved was he over the death of his friend, Lazarous.John11:35 Jesus said “I am the resurrection, & the life.John11:25 What a wonderful gift we have been givin, to have the hope of seening our loved ones once again.

Condolence from Allison Elam on June 3rd, 2013 12:00 am

I knew Kim years ago when I lived in Durham. She was a sweet compassionate and fun friend. So sorry…………

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