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Irene A. Kimm

August 21, 1922 ~ April 03, 2019

Visitation: April 07, 2019 3-5 PM
   Location: Dokken-Nelson Sunset Chapel
Service: April 08, 2019 11:00 A.M.
   Location: Bethel Christian Reformed Church
Graveside Service: April 08, 2019 10:00 A.M.
   Location: Churchill Cemetery

Irene Agnes (Van Egmond) Kimm entered glory on April 3, 2019. She was born August 21, 1922 to John Van Egmond and Alice DePoel (Uiterdyk) Van Egmond at Coffee Creek, Montana. Her first eight years of school she attended Arrow Creek Grade School and began high school in Stanford. Later her parents moved to the Churchill area where she finished her high school education at Manhattan (public) School. 

In the fall of 1941, she attended Calvin College where she later earned a teaching certificate after two years. She went to teach in Denver Colorado for four years teaching second grade. These were during the years of World War II. When the war ended, she returned to the Bozeman area and began teaching at Manhattan Christian School. 

Irene married the love of her life, Wilbur Kimm on June 11,1948 and became a potato farmer’s wife but later would return to teaching school for four more years. She loved gardening and raising beautiful flowers. In 1949 their son, Bill was born and their daughter, Gwen in 1950. In 1962 Leland and Miriam joined the family and later in 1964 their last son, Scott was born. 

Irene was a faithful wife, lovingly caring for her husband as he suffered many years with rheumatoid arthritis. This meant many times sitting long hours at the hospital while knee surgeries, etc. were performed. In 1995 at the end of potato harvest, Wilbur went home to be with the Lord. She then filled her years doing Bible Studies in her home, reading novels to women she knew, writing faithfully for Crossroads Bible Studies and baking her loved blueberry muffins to bring to others. She did lots of embroidery work and loved playing her piano; she still played beautifully at 96. Through all these years she was a faithful prayer warrior for her family. She lived to enjoy time with her 13 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Wilbur; son-in-law, Ray Leenstra; brothers, Pete and William (Betty); baby brother, Harold; her half siblings, Ann (Phil) VanderHoek, Luwina (John) Groen, Hermina (John) Bos, Henry (Ida) Uiterdyk and also her in-laws, Evelyn (Henry) Triemstra, Dorothy (George) Flikkema, Allan Kimm, Marian (John) LeFebre, Harold Kimm, Jay VanderArk, Helene (Dave) Hathaway. 

Irene is survived by her children and their families: Bill (Marian) Kimm: Jason and Yvonne [Willem, Benjamin, Eliza, Joshua, Sarina], Mark and Erika [Lyle, Koen], Jodi and Alan Venema [Tori, Addie, Zoe], Lori and Brian Van Eps [Eli, Ava];  Gwen Leenstra: Brigette and Steve Crowell [Gracie, Sofia], Quentin; Lee Kimm and Ginette; Miriam VanEps: Nicholas and Heidi [Molly]; Jeremy and Kelly [Jude, Emery, Elliette, Adilin], Patrick and Tina [Cyan {Jaymes}, Aspen, Breya, Jakoby], Shelby;  Scott (Denise) Kimm: Jonathan and Samantha, Aaron and Damon Orton, Rose. 

As part of the family and special to Irene are Justo and Miriam Arenillas [Irene, Leo] and Megan Pai. Irene is also survived by her in-laws: Willemina VanEgmond, Dee Cornelison, Evie Kimm, Dorothea Kimm, Elinor VanderArk, Will and Joanne Alberda and numerous special nieces and nephews. 

Memorials may be made to the Manhattan Christian School Foundation, 8000 Churchill Road, Manhattan, MT 59741 We would like to thank our pastors and all those who faithfully visited and cared for our dear mother.

 

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