Kimberly Parent

Kimberly Kay Parent, age 45 of Princeton, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 at her home surrounded by loved ones. obit Parent, Kimberly

Kim was born April 24, 1967, the daughter of Twyla (Hildreth) and Gerald Murphy. Kim is survived by her children, Nicole Parent and Heather Druar; husband, Jeff; mother and father; sisters Debbie and Julie; brother Nick; grandchildren Jonathan, Owen and Alivia; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Kim grew up in Minneapolis. She had many fun-filled years in her youth which was spent with close friends she made throughout her life.

She met Jeff in 1984, they married in 1988 and had two beautiful girls whom they loved very much. Kim and Jeff had something most people spend their entire life looking for- they each had found their soulmate in the other.

They did everything together and were always best friends before anything else. Even as Kim grew more ill, Jeff took care of her every step of the way and never left her side.  Kim’s youngest daughter Heather also took work leave and moved back into the home to help care for Kim.

Kim was always a loving and vibrant person. When she walked into the room everything lit up. Her laugh was contagious and you could look at her smile all day. She was the first one on the dance floor and the last one off. Kim was always the life of the party. Everyone wanted to be around her because she had this way with people that made you feel comfortable. She was so kind hearted and loved everyone for the perfections as well as their flaws. This led to her having many friends and she took pride in her relationships. She had a unique bond with all of her friends and never hesitated to put the people she loved before herself.

Kim loved being around things that made her happy, such as her dogs, family/friends and, of course, horses.

Jeff remembers Kim going out in the pasture after a long day and she would just hug them and pet them. She loved being with her horses and found peace in riding. Kim’s entire life was an amazing journey. She never settled for less than the best. No matter how hard Jeff and Kim had to work they always lived life to the fullest. Whether it was family vacations to Florida, Yellowstone National Park or cruises, Kim was always out to do it all. So there is no question her journey did not stop the day she passed, rather began another chapter to an eternity in heaven where she will again be with her family and friends one day.

A special thanks goes out to Kim’s team at Mayo Clinic, Pastor Marty of Trinity Lutheran Church, Louise and Mary of Fairview Hospice Care and Dean from Williams Dingmann Funeral Home. Kim was accompanied through the fight of her tumor by some of the finest people we, the family, have ever met. They developed a relationship with Kim and she never felt like anything but their friend. Their positive attitudes and uplifting spirits helped in the battle. They made Kim strong and optimistic. Their kind words and positive thinking made her outlook brighter and she fought for a long time and they always stayed at her side. These people gave Kim everything from in home daily care to fighting with their all and brainstorming in hospital rooms to giving her spiritual guidance when she felt lost or down.

They also developed a relationship with the family, which is forever grateful for giving Kim such amazing care and love. The family could not have done it without them.


A visitation will be held Tuesday, January 29, from 5 to 8 P.M. at Williams Dingmann Funeral Home in Princeton. Funeral services will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church on Wednesday January 30, at 11:00 A.M. with visitation 1 hour prior to the service at the church.