Kim passed away the evening of February 20, 2022 after a brief battle with multiple forms of cancer. Although the time between her diagnosis and passing was heartbreakingly swift, she was surrounded and supported by her loving family in the final days of her life.
Kim was born in Pueblo, CO, in 1959 but moved with her family to Orange County, CA at the age of 9, and later to San Diego after high school. A lifelong proponent of education, she received her master’s degree in social work from San Diego State University in 1988 and spent her career helping women and children through her specialty in substance abuse prevention and treatment. She eventually returned to SDSU as a professor and program manager for social work graduate students where she worked until her retirement in 2018. After retiring, she relocated to Blaine, WA to be closer to her extended family and daughter in anticipation of the birth of her first grandchild.
Kim is survived by her husband Brian Leaman; daughter Marissa and son-in-law Mike; and her two grandchildren Dallas and Ryder (both of whom she described as her greatest joy). Kim is also survived by her brothers William and Jeffrey, sister Teresa, and her parents Adam and Thelma. A fierce family advocate, she was exceptionally close to her extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews of every generation. She was preceded in death by her brother Joseph.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday March 5th at 12:00 p.m. beginning at Greenacres Memorial Park Chapel (5700 Northwest Dr. Ferndale, WA 98248), with a walking procession to the graveside.
- Date & Time: March 5, 2022 (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM)
- Venue: Greenacres Memorial Park
- Location: 5700 Northwest Drive Ferndale, WA 98248 - (Get Directions)