OBITUARY

Kimberly Dawn Collins

December 3, 1959June 2, 2021
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Kim’s Story: Kimberly Collins was welcomed to Heaven by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on June 2, 2021. Kim was born on December 3, 1959, in Granite City, IL. She moved to Jacksonville, FL as a teenager and was a proud graduate of Edward H. White High School where she was active in the school’s NJROTC program.

Kim was a beautiful and faithful wife of 41 years to husband Carl and a loving Mother to son Johnathan. She would most want to be remembered in these roles, but she was so much more. She was a strong and intelligent woman of God who supported her Navy husband for 17 years, managing a household and raising their son in his absence. She loved her family deeply and gave selflessly to others. Kim enthusiastically volunteered at her son’s schools and at Church. Kim recalled fondly her work experiences at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Cracker Barrel, and as an Ombudsman for the USS Enterprise (CVN-65). Kim had a beautiful smile, an infectious laugh and a wonderful sense of humor.

Kim is survived by her husband Carl and Son Johnathan, brother Anthony Littlefield, sisters Angela Pedigo, Michelle Wilson and Nichole (Jamie) Ford. Kim is also sister to Rachel Griner, Lanelle (John) Hatcher, Danny Collins, Bonnie (Dan) Quasnick and Diane (Howard) Ellis. She is niece to her Aunt Carolyn Wilson, and is “Aunt Kim” to nephews, nieces and cousins too numerous to name but loved, nonetheless. Kim also is succeeded by the saints of Westgate Church and the other church families within which she’s been blessed to worship over the years.

Kim follows to Heaven her grandparents John and Sarah Dorancricchio, father Thomas Veath, mother Jeanna Shafala, mother-in-law Rachel Collins, aunt Kay Rendon and other family members for whom she had great love. Special thanks to the countless healthcare providers at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital, St. Vincent’s Riverside Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center and Woodland Grove Health & Rehab Center for the loving care you provided Kim in recent months and years. Thank you also to the Brooks Home Healthcare nurses and therapists who took such good care of Kim, and the doctors and nurses at Memorial Hospital CCU who lovingly prepared Kim for her homecoming. You all blessed Kim and her family with your compassionate care.

Services for Kimberly will be held Thursday June 10,2021 at 7:00 PM Westgate Church at Faith Memorial Baptist Church 6731 Ramona BLVD. Jacksonville, Florida 32205

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  • Celebration of Life

    Thursday, June 10, 2021

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Mike Barnhart

June 17, 2021

My sincere condolences to Kim's family at this time of great sadness. Kim died too young with so much more left to give to this world. I went to high school with her at Ed White. I remember meeting her several times as a mutual friend who was a member of NJROTC and she was always a sweet and intelligent soul. <3

-Mike Barnhart

Cindy and David Vartanian

June 11, 2021

We were so sorry to hear of Kim’s passing. However, her absence here means that she is in the presence of the Lord! Although, we haven’t been able to spend time with you recently, we fondly remember the times we had together. I know your beautiful smile and wonderful laugh will be missed greatly! Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Carl and Johnathan!

Dale and Karen Crosson

June 9, 2021

We were blessed to have Kim and Carl as friends here in Jacksonville and when they couldn’t be here because of orders to another Naval Base. We gladly welcomed them back! Kim always had an infectious laugh and giggle, we will miss spending those good times in her company. We are thankful that she is no longer having to fight her health battles anymore and is in the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus. We continue to lift up Carl and Jonathan and the extended family during this time of loss in our prayers for strength, rest, peace and joy. May God bless you all!

Julie Duncan

June 8, 2021

Aunt Kim, it’s so difficult to reconcile that you’re no longer physically with us. You radiated positivity and humor, making you the perfect match for Uncle Carl.

When reminiscing on all the memories I have of you, there’s too many. You were such a kind soul, when my mom and I were reunited with the family—you went out of your way to make sure not only I felt loved but also my mom and brother. My mom decided to move back to Jacksonville, in part because she wanted me close with you, Uncle Carl, and Johnathan. You invited us to Christmas and holiday events—and were my first real introduction to good ole southern food. You took us in when we had no other family in Florida, for that I’m forever grateful.

You welcomed and loved everyone and that radiated from the life you lived. We miss you, we love you, we’ll see you again.

Angela Pedigo

June 7, 2021

My beautiful sister Kim,
You are forever in my heart and I love you so much. I never thought I would have to be without you. 💔
I know you're with Jesus...😇
You were an amazing, loving, protective sister.
Love you with all of my heart Kimmie !!
Your Sissy,
"Ang"

Howard and Dixie McIntyre

June 7, 2021

We were so sorry to hear of Kim’s death, but we know she is in the presence of our Lord with no more pain and suffering. We are praying for Carl, Jonathan and all of the family!
With much love, Howard and Dixie McIntyre

Lamar and Sharon Crumbliss

June 7, 2021

There are so many fond memories that cover many years and many miles. We miss you Kimby, but this is not goodbye, this is just see you later.

John Gillis

June 6, 2021

Thankful to have had the blessing of knowing Kim and Carl in High School through the NJROTC program. Kim was always kind, soft spoken, and helpful to others. My last memory with Kim was on facebook several years ago, when we found out that Carl and I were serving in the same theater of operations at the same time, assigned to the same Task Force, except serving on different ships. RIP our sister in the Lord, and Lord please give comfort to the family and friends in knowing that she is with you now. God bless everyone. Amen.

Richard Montcalm

June 5, 2021

Kim and her husband Carl were 2 of my best friends in high school, all of us joined by being in the NJROTC program. Although life and the military separated us all, I remember Kim as a kind, giving vibrant soul that never had a harsh word for anyone. i regret not keeping contact with them and send my prayers to Carl and JP. We were all so lucky to know her and know that she is looking down on all of us knowing that she was loved by everyone who knew her.

Keri Quasnick

June 5, 2021

No specific memory comes to mind as I reflect on my Aunt Kim. Instead it’s a feeling when I think of her, feelings of happiness, laughter, listening to her outrageous stories, and more laughter. There is one question I always had in my mind regarding Aunt Kim. It was “how much coca-cola memorabilia is too much?” The answer was no limit. It’s too the point now that I think of her every time I sip from a coke and that’s such a blessing for me now as I wait to join her someday. She is and was such a fighter. I don’t think I have the fight in me as much as she does. I can only assume it was her faith that carried her through each and every battle. She never ceased to surprise me by overcoming or coping through a tough hospital stay or surgery. Your story is far from over Aunt Kim. As the days and years go by you will continue to be in our thoughts, hearts, and memories. Until we meet again.... Keri.

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