April 25, 1949 ~ February 20, 2010
Woolheater, Kimmalene "Kimmy", a lifelong resident of Redondo Beach, passed away suddenly on February 20, 2010 at her home. Kimmy was born in Torrance, on April 25, 1949. She graduated from Redondo Union High School in 1967 and worked for Allstate Insurance all of her life, retiring after 40 years of service. She was well respected by her co-workers, including the attorneys that she worked with and left an impact that will remain with them forever. Kimmy had a passion for playing the ponies and loved the horse races. She also enjoyed camping, the mountains, fishing, sailing and to be outdoors on sunny days. Kimmy loved taking trips to Laughlin, Nevada, Catalina Island, "Campo" in Baja, with her family and she especially loved to spend time in Palm Springs. Kimmy was a loving, caring person and the most generous person that you would ever know. She was an avid pet lover all of her life and was never without pets. She was a good listener and a true friend. Kimmy will be deeply missed by all of us & everyone who had the privilege of knowing the person who had a heart of gold. Kimmy leaves behind her Brother and Sister-in-Law, Ken (King) and Mary Leepa of Redondo Beach, her faithful companion, "Allie Cat", Uncles and Aunts, Chuck & Dorothy Carlton of Torrance, Maebelle Carlton of Lomita, Cecil and Betty Carlton of Yreka, Bill Carlton of Barstow, several cousins and her friends of many years, Vaughan Ryyth and his daughter Vanessa of Torrance. She is preceded in death by her Husband, James Woolheater, her Mother, Effie Mae Leepa and her Father, Kenneth Leepa. A gathering of family and friends will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2010 from 10AM to 1PM at Rice Mortuary in Torrance. The celebration of her life will begin at 10AM with a reception to follow at the mortuary. Kimmy loved the ocean and wished to be buried at sea. She had requested her brother to do the same for her, as he had done for her father. There will be a private service with her family & close friends for her final resting place. Kimmy would like donations made to your favorite animal rescue, Cancer Society or Diabetes Association.
Celebration of Kimmy's Life
Kimmalene Edwina Leepa, affectionately known as "Kimmy" came into this world on April, 25, 1949, into the loving arms of Kenneth & Effie Leepa.
Kimmy was such a joy for them. She was as smart as a whip. By the time she was two years old she had already mastered roller skating. To me this was unbelievable and until I actually saw the picture, I thought she was kidding me. So you can see this was just a start of how smart she was.
And then she went on to be Annie Oakley. She had the full outfit. She would be all decked out and then ride on her tricycle. She even named her tricycle "Trigger". And all of this was by the time she was 2 1/2 years old.
Kimmy loved playing Annie Oakley. So one day when her mother was close to 9 months pregnant with her brother she asked her mother to play Annie Oakley with her. She wanted to tie her mother up to the fire hydrant in front of their house. And her mother went along with the game. Little did she know that a 2 1/2 year old would be able to tie the knot so good that she could not untie herself. I know that someone had to come and untie her but I am not sure who did. As far as I know, it may have even been the fire dept. This was a story that her mother loved to tell everyone.
Shortly after, Kenneth Edward Jr. was born. At that time, her daddy smoked King Edward tobacco. So she named her little brother her "King". From that day forward he would forever be her "King". She never called him by any other name.
It was the Four Leepa's.......Mother, Daddy, Kimmy & King.
Kimmy loved to play the piano and accordion. She was in the school band & choir. She grew up with a true love of music. In fact, she still has her piano in her home.
Kimmy loved to go camping. She would go to summer camps and send postcards home to each member of her family.....Mother, Daddy & King.
The Four Leepa's would take trips to her Daddy's family farm in New Jersey. She loved the farm. From stories I have heard it appears to be like the Ponderosa.
There were many family outings. They were a very close family. And she had a wonderful childhood. She truly loved being a Leepa. She always looked out for her little brother, her King.
Her Mother & Daddy took an active part in their children's life. Her mother was her Girl Scout leader.
Christmas was always a special time for her. She loved more than anything to give presents and see peoples faces light up. She loved the traditional Christmas Eves with her mother's family, "The Carltons".
She graduated from Redondo Union High School in June 1967. Immediately following, she began her career with Allstate Insurance. Shortly after, she married her high school sweetheart, Jim Woolheater. And then he left to serve in the Vietnam War. Upon his return, their life together was tragically cut short.
She remained very close to Jim's family.
Kim loved to party and have good times. She loved to go to Laughlin and play the slot machines with her friend Vaughan. She loved to go to the horse races. Boy she loved to play those ponies! She also loved her vacation trips to the desert with her 3 closest friends.
Kimmy & her mother were Best Friends. It was very devastating for her when her mother passed away in 1982.
Shortly after, her daddy decided to remodel and have his children live with him. Kimmy being the oldest got the new addition....."White house with a view". And King & I lived downstairs with her daddy. We were the Walton's.
We would take family trips to Mexico (Baja, Ca.) She was the best clam digger ever. She would climb down on the rocks with King and get muscles off the rocks. She loved to go to the beach there, boating & fishing. And even tried to ride the quad once or twice.
Kimmy also loved sailing. She loved the ocean. She loved to swim. She loved the outdoors. She loved the sunshine and warmth of summer. Kimmy loved life!
But most importantly she loved people & animals. She was NEVER without a pet. She was full of life. She was probably the most generous person I have ever known. She truly cared about people and wanted to share happiness. She would truly give you the shirt off her back. She was a very positive person; she was extremely intelligent and loved to share her knowledge. She was a giver without expecting anything in return. She was a true and loyal friend you could trust and confide in. She would help anyway she could when someone needed help. She always thought of others before herself. She was a good listener.
Kim loved being with Vanessa. She loved Vanessa like a daughter...the daughter she never had. She loved spending time with her whether it be to help her with her homework, taking her shopping (and she loved to shop), taking her to get her hair done....you know doing things like her mom did with her.
Kim retired after 40 years. She was beginning to rediscover the things she had always loved to do....outdoors, beach etc.
There is so much more I could say about my best friend & my sister-in-law but there just isn't enough time to express it all.
I am so grateful that we became close friends and that she brought Kenny and I together. Of course there were times when I would tell her.....I won't hold that against you!
King, myself, Vaughan, Vanessa and her Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and many, many friends and co-workers & don't forget Allie Girl, Coco Loco & Baja Pinky loved her deeply and unconditionally and will miss her greatly. There just aren't enough adjectives to describe what a warm, loving, caring person she was. So let me sum it up what really describes Kimmy the most......she had a hard of pure gold & she was as beautiful on the outside as she was inside. Just Beautiful!
Kim.....Thank you for always being there for me. You were a good loyal friend & you will always be in my heart forever.
King finds comfort in knowing that you are back in mother and daddy's loving arms. And I too feel the same way. And that is what will help mend our broken hearts!!
Kimmy, you were the best big sister ever and King loved you so much, as you did him.
Love & kisses to you Kimmy from Kenny & I. Mud pies and scratches from Allie Girl, Coco Loco & Baja Pinky.
Everyone loves you Kimmy....
Until we meet again at the rainbow bridge!
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