Kimberly Ann-Marrine McCole was born to (Cornelius) Michael and Kathleen McCole at Samuel Merritt Hospital in Oakland, Calif., on May 8, 1957.
Kimberly came home to Hayward to a big brother Michael, and later had 1, 2, 3 little sisters to follow: Robin, Kelly and Kathleen, who was later nicknamed Sam.
Kimmy attended St. Joachim’s school until moving to Pleasanton in 1965, then attended various elementary schools, as new ones kept being built to fit all the families moving to Pleasanton.
She graduated from Amador Valley High School in 1975 along with her dear friend Cheryl Patteson, and they remained best friends through all the years.
Kimberly (or Kimmy/Kiki), truly was a caregiver from age 2! She constantly cared for us all, even sewing matching outfits for all of her siblings in Pleasanton 4-H.
Kimberly was at the forefront of the soccer craze coming to Pleasanton and continued to also coach her siblings’ teams, as well w/ her Mom, Katie, by her side.
The list of attributes and the stories about the kindnesses that Kimberly bestowed on others would fill more pages than allowed.
Kimberly was with Longs Drug Stores as she attended Chabot College.
After leaving her job as a dispatch/coordinator as a 28-year-old young lady and caring for 2.5 years for her Grandma Marrine, Kimberly became a hair stylist and later also a massage therapist. She also was a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).
Kimberly observed many take their last breaths in their homes and always allowed them to do so with dignity.
Among her activities through life: Kimmy enjoyed soccer, boating, waterskiing, snow-skiing , golfing, camping as a child at Pinecrest Lake, and many others activities. In 1977, Kimberly went to a childhood friend’s wedding in Petersburg, Alaska; she ended up staying six months and had multiple marriage proposals, taught pre-school and shucked crab!
Aunt Kiki was loved by her four nephews: Max, Cole, Ben and Chad. They loved their Aunt Kiki and were always excited to see what creative gift Kiki had gotten them all for Christmas. Last year’s gift sat atop a 12-pack each!
Kimberly previously had a longtime relationship with dear family friend Rob Christ, and even though years went by, as he spoke through the phone to Kiki in her final days, she reacted to his dear voice with a simple tear.
Kimberly is survived by her dear mom Kate McCole (her father Michael passed in 2010), her big brother Michael (Judy), younger sisters Robin (Greg), Kelly and Sam (Patrick), along with her amazing four adult nephews: Max and Ben Heinrich, and Cole and Chad Kraft.
Kimberly was consistent with: love, helping everybody and her love of faith, family and friends, as she signed each card. Kimmy lived previously for our dad’s care and most recently to take care of our mom with the most grace and patience we’ve ever seen of anyone.
After a discovery of a tumor and subsequent surgery over Labor Day weekend, Kimmy just wasn’t recovering well and new challenges arose as she came back to our family home to recover. After an unanticipated discovery of more issues, we were able to bring our daughter/sister/friend/cousin/godmother to many and the utmost example of a warrior and the epitome of unselfishness home again and allow her to be surrounded by family, old friends, far-away calls and dignity and love, as she gave so many. She went to the Lord in the late evening of Oct. 17, 2019, as her mom slept upstairs and she was surrounded by her four siblings, as we cheered to her and played music, Kimberly waited until life was in full balance and the angels came in and swept their newest angel away... she was an angel on this earth.
Family and friends will be celebrating Kimberly’s life on Saturday, Nov. 16, at Crosswinds Church property: over the bridge to the barn. We will gather at noon and begin soon thereafter and after prayer, music and words, we will continue to hear and share stories of how Kimmy touched so many lives with some food, beverages and laughter!