Kim Gilmour (1957 – 2022) Obituaries – Medford, OR

Kim Marie Gilmour

September 16, 1957 –

January 15, 2022

After a long illness that eroded her strength but not her spirit, Kim Marie Gilmour died peacefully at home on January 15, 2022. She was born Kim Marie Anderson on September 16, 1957 in a military hospital near Chicago to Ralph and Kimie . (born: Yoshi) Anderson. She grew up in Rohnert Park north of San Francisco.

His passions were varied but intense.

Her love of friendship has kept her in touch with her classmates since she was young. For decades, “the girls” came together every year to swap stories and share memories of recent joys and sorrows. Several flew in from the Bay Area to be with her during her final days, when she was still alert and able to smile.

Her love of travel inspired her husband Dave. Together they visited 10 provinces in Canada, 36 states in the United States and 27 foreign countries after his retirement and before Covid-19 swept the world. She often pushed Dave towards experiences that left lasting memories: tandem paragliding in the Alps, sailing in Cinque Terra, hot air ballooning over Czech castles and the Australian hinterland, eating snails in Paris , ride an elephant in Thailand and ride a Segway through the crowded streets of Rome.

His love of fishing has yielded meals of steelhead fresh from the mouth of the Rogue, halibut in Alaska, yellowfin tuna in Fiji and snapper in the Florida Keys. But it also gave peaceful days of reading along the shores and banks when the fish weren’t biting.

His love of poker has given him lasting friendships, lots of laughs and an occasional winning hand.

His love of cooking has taken him to food tours in Japan, Spain and Portugal, and cooking classes in New Orleans, Auckland in New Zealand, Barcelona in Spain, Chang Mai in Thailand and Verona in Italy. The smells of exotic dishes often filled his home in Central Point, and his pantry and refrigerators were always stocked with the ingredients for the next meal. His greatest joy was Thanksgiving, when our house was filled with children and grandchildren and the dining room table overflowed with freshly cooked turkey, ham, gravy, stuffing and vegetables.

Her love of quilting drew her to quilt shops and quilt shows wherever she traveled, and fabric swatches always accompanied her when she returned. Quilting also gave her some deep friendships that also helped sustain her through her declining months.

Raised as a Lutheran, she had a strong sense of an afterlife that would be free from physical pain and filled with the essence of those who once gave her joy but are no longer with us. She had many deep friendships within her church community.

She was predeceased by her parents, Ralph and Kimie Anderson and her brother Bobbie Anderson.

She leaves behind her husband, Dr. Dave Gilmour, her brother Ricky Anderson, her children Joslyn Robich, Kyle (Shawna) Robich and Maryssa Hendricks, as well as her grandchildren Kaidyn Robich, Kaleb Robich, Gabriel Chavez, Jason Chavez and Kymber Mroz.

She requested cremation, with her ashes spread out on a hillside overlooking San Francisco Bay. A memorial service will be held in the spring, to allow the two out-of-town friends to attend and for Omicron to calm down.

Published by Mail Tribune from January 18 to January 23, 2022.


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