Kimberly Ann Wilson went home to be with Jesus on Sept. 30, 2018 in Hawthorne after a short illness. “Kim” was born on May 26, 1968 at Mt. Grant General Hospital to Gloria and Gene Christensen.
Kim grew up in Hawthorne, attending the local schools where she enjoyed playing the clarinet in the school band and loved playing on the basketball teams. She also taught herself how to play the drums. Her favorite teachers that greatly influenced and inspired her were Mrs. Gartrell and Mrs. Craft.
Kim moved to Bremerton, Wash., when she was 16 to live with her dad. While attending Olympic High School she ran into Hawthorne friends who had also moved there. She was so happy to have a bit of Hawthorne with her, right there in Bremerton. After graduating from Olympic High School and working awhile she returned to Hawthorne. She went to work at the Base for Dirk Pierce Security as a Dispatcher/Acting Field Shift Supervisor where she met her husband, Bert Wilson.
Kim and Bert enjoyed traveling and participating in sharp shooting competitions around the state and had won several trophies for their sharp shooting skills. With the births of their two daughters, Karli and Taylor, they devoted their time to raising their little family.
After the loss of her husband, Kim got active at the primary school and participated in all the school activities her girls were involved in. She volunteered with the Hawthorne PTA and helped with fundraisers to purchase equipment for the school. She was most proud of being fundamental in helping to raise $26,000 in 2004 to acquire the Hawthorne Elementary School Sign, which still stands today.
Kim loved to work and loved being around people. She held several jobs including MC Pool Office Manager, El Capitan Hotel Receptionist, Hawthorne Recycling and Safeway Deli-Clerk.
Kim later worked for the Mineral County School District as a certified paraprofessional working in the classrooms Pre-K thru 12 for twelve years, many with special needs. In May of 2017 she received her Substitute Teachers License. Although it was extremely challenging, she enjoyed her work.
Kim had a great sense of humor and always had a friendly smile even for strangers. She had a big giving heart, made friends easily and was always ready to help anyone in need. Kim had many true and loyal friends for all the seasons in her life who loved her and whom she loved dearly. She had a great love for animals and supported the ASPCA. She was a true Dallas Cowboys fan and was a loyal Trump supporter from day one.
Her greatest joys in life were her daughters and her grandbabies. She was so happy and blessed to attend the birth of her grandbaby “Mia” on Sept. 19, 2018 in Fallon. She was also the most caring and loving daughter a mother could ever have. She will be greatly missed and forever loved.
Kim was preceded in death by her husband: Bert O. Wilson; grandparents: Mary Eva Trujillo Neal, Joe J. Trujillo, Dorothy M. Christensen, Wilson R. Christensen and Betty L. Hughes; her aunt: Mary Alice Arndt; beloved friends: Dawn and Jamey and best bud Boomer, her golden retriever.
Those left to cherish her memory are her mother: Gloria Hughes (David); her father: Eugene Christensen (Linda); daughters: Karli Wilbur (Cole) and Taylor Espinosa (Curtis); grandchildren: Kynslee and Liam Wilbur and Parker and Amelia “Mia” Espinosa; her “other mom”: Sue Lanham; grandpa: Max Hughes; brothers: David J. Hughes (Penny), Todd Christensen (Michele) and Joshua Christensen (Nicole); sisters: Patti Christensen (Erin), Gina Low (Buddy) and Jalene Jensen (Colin); uncles: Gilbert L. Trujillo, Bob Christensen and Johnnie Williams Jr.; aunts: Karen Christensen, Sharon Christensen and Diana Savage; numerous great aunts and uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and of course, her beloved kitty, Fearless.
A Celebration of Life service was held on Oct. 6 with Christian burial at the Hawthorne Cemetery.