December 9, 1975 – November 11, 2022
In Loving Memory ~
Kim’s warrior heart gave all it could, and when she was done it peacefully stopped, leaving her family and friends devastated, but rejoicing that there will be no more surgeries, no more drugs, and no more pain.
Kim is survived by her husband Andrew, children Olive,Marshall, and Samuel; parents Karen and Peter Eidet; parents in-law Wendy and Ken Affleck; brother Peter and his children, Maggie and Liam; her honorary brother Phil Croze and his children, Jackson and Olivia; sister Lisa Ronald; sister-in-law Catherine Affleck and her children, Charlie and Johnnie; sister and brother-in-law Lindsay and Scott Foster and their children, Henry and Cate.
She will be deeply missed by her aunt Laurel (Mark); uncle Warren; aunt Sharon; as well as a large extended family and too many friends to count.
Born in Calgary, Kim moved to North Delta as a baby with her parents and brother. She attended Sunshine Hills Elementary, and for high school rode the bus into Vancouver to attend Little Flower Academy, graduating in 1993. Kim attended SFU for a degree in Sociology / Anthropology and English.
Kim loved her high school and university years – education, both for herself and her family was an extremely important value.
Kim spent many childhood summers with her family at Christina Lake; she often reminisced about time spent camping there, laughing at old pictures and loving the fond memories she had of those years.
Sports and athletics were a huge part of her life as well, with many evenings and weekends devoted to practices, games, and tournaments. Basketball, baseball, soccer, and field hockey were favourites as a young person; as an adult Kim continued on with baseball and soccer as long as her health allowed.
Competition and camaraderie, and pushing herself to get better and stronger every season were things she loved.
Beginning in the 1980s and carrying on into the 2010s, Kim attended Anvil Island (Daybreak Point Bible Camp) as a camper, program director, and eventually camp director with Andrew. That Anvil Island connection led to her joining Granville Chapel in the early 90s, and from those two places, among others, she formed lifelong connections with friends who will dearly miss her.
Kim built a faith that was solid and crucial, but never naive and unquestioning. Picking up her last Bible, Kim had left a marker at James 1: 2-8 – Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything, if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind…
Kim did not doubt – she struggled, argued, questioned, prayed and meditated often – but she was never in doubt, and never shy to tell you her opinion on anything, whether you wanted to know it or not.
Travel was a huge part of what Kim lived for, whether it was family trips as a child to Greece and Corsica; Barkerville, Disneyland, and Disneyworld with her own family; on her own to the UK to visit family, or Thailand for months at a time – a country and people she loved, and to where, if she had her choice, she would have returned.
Experiencing new people, cultures, and places meant a huge amount to her – everyone who knew Kim was amazed at her ability to talk to anyone, anywhere, anytime, and make friends – many of whom became life-long.
In 2000, Kim and Andrew were married (she liked the idea of being married in the year 2000 so it would be easy to remember!) and soon had kids Olive in 2003, Marshall in 2006, and Samuel in 2008. In the fall of 2003 the family moved to Vernon, which quickly became home, and her kids became the focus of her attention – she loved them unconditionally and spent all of her time and energy working on what was best for them.
In 2009 Kim was diagnosed with Leukemia, and the prognosis was not good, but Kim was never someone who gave up easily. She worked incredibly hard to keep her health as long as she could, and she succeeded, staying amazingly strong until the last few months when her body just couldn’t fight anymore.
Kim had a strong sense of who she was, what she believed, and what she wanted. She also had a strong sense of justice and hospitality, and her home, her resources, and her time were always open to everyone. She loved her family and friends and always worked hard to look after people, whether it was an invitation to stay at the house, or recognizing a birthday or significant event, Kim loved to provide support.
As she knew her life was coming to an end, she wrote, ‘I am happy to move on to the next adventure, leaving the physical life to the spiritual unknown. Life with family and friends was too short. In lieu of flowers, please donate to autism charities, the Red Cross, or in support of youth at risk and youth – oriented LGBTQ initiatives.’
Over the last many years Kim was supported by numerous medical professionals and family and friends, both near and far. We are grateful for the care and support from Vernon Jubilee Hospital, Kelowna General Hospital, and the doctors and nurses who took care of her.
As a family we are grateful for Kim, just as we are sorrow-filled at her passing. A service will be held at Vernon Alliance Church at 10:30 am, Saturday November 26th.
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