Mary Diltz Kimmey
August 17, 1926 – September 5, 2018
Loving mother, doting grandmother, loyal friend, master crafter, green thumb, and caretaker of humans and creatures alike, Mary Bell Diltz Kimmey, passed away just after sunrise on September 5, 2018.
Born August 17, 1926 in Circleville, Ohio, she was raised in a Quaker family in Columbus with her five siblings. As a teenager, she worked at Mills Buffet where she served many visiting performers and celebrities, and met the handsome pilot Nelson Kimmey. On July 25, 1944, she married Nelson in Florida and began her adventurous life as a military wife, following his career to many states—returning “home” to Nelson’s family in Long Island for the birth of each of her children—before finally settling in Maryland in 1964.
She was well traveled, having visited three continents and all 50 states. She spent her summer hours in her garden, where she was especially adept at growing tomatoes, and her winter hours in her sewing room, where she handcrafted an abundance of beautiful items. She loved socializing and was always the life of the party, often remarking “I never met a drink I didn’t like.” Feisty, kind, stubborn, optimistic, and endlessly giving of her love, her things, her time, and her energy, she was a home to many and a friend to all.
She is survived by her three children, Nelson “Skip” Kimmey, Charles Kimmey, and Mary Lee Sadler. Survivors also include her granddaughters Amanda Sadler of Washington, DC; Leslie Moreno-Sadler and her wife Alicia of Austin, Texas; Lauren Fultz and her husband Nicholas and daughter Harper of Fort Irwin, California; Tara Kimmey of Denver Colorado; and Tammy Boone and her husband Michael and children Steven and Lexi of Springfield, Virginia.
Memorial gifts can be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children by mail Attn: Office of Development 2900 N. Rocky Point Dr. Tampa, FL 33607 or online here.
- Visitation Wednesday, September 12, 2018
- Funeral Service Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Mary Diltz Kimmey
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September 12, 2018
Dear Mary Lee and family,
We are saddened by the loss of your mother. She was a very sweet lady and kind to my nieces and family. She will be missed. We will keep you in our prayers.
Chuck Curtis and family
Nancy Sabella Roussell
September 11, 2018
I met Mary in the early 1970’s when I was a young woman navigating the challenges of a new marriage. She not only provided me with friendship through our shared love of crafting, she also provided emotional support and motherly advice. She was a steadying influence for me and, as young people say now, “she had my back.” I never forgot that.
Although we lost touch over the years as our lives went in different directions, we reconnected several years ago after seeing each other in the grocery store. We were able to spend more quality time together after I retired from working in 2015 by getting together every few weeks for lunch, shopping for crafting supplies or attending bead class at the senior center.
Mary was the type of friend that, despite our age difference of 26 years, I felt like I could talk to her about anything. It was a heart-warming friendship.
I miss her and will always think about her fondly and often….
September 11, 2018
To know her was to love her, for surely she loved you. You wouldn't forget her easily, her smile, infectious laugh and the twinkle in her eyes when she was being mischievous. Her stories of her life, made me sit mesmerized by all the places she had gone to and the things she experienced. She knew how to live, and live she did. She was truly a remarkable women, her talents were many. I don't think there was anything she couldn't do, with one exception; will her self to stay a little longer. We thought she would liver forever, at least I know we wanted her to.
Like a shooting star, we glimpse in AWL, now the light has gone out and we stand in darkness wondering what happened. I will remember that flash of light and I will treasure all the memories it brought, and thank GOD, I had the great fortune of knowing "QUEEN MARY".
Always in my heart, never forgotten.