December 18, 1952 ~ December 30, 2008
O'Brien, Kimberly Jean, a 25 year resident of Torrance , passed away on December 30, 2008 in her home. Born in Los Angeles , California on December 18, 1952 she was 56 years old when she died. Kim was a teacher for over 28 years, most of which were spent in the Hermosa Beach School District where she taught 3rd and 4th grade. She loved teaching and was close to many generations of students as well as their parents. Kim leaves behind many supportive friends and colleagues at HBUSD.
Kim enjoyed the ocean and the beach as well as her second home in Palm Springs where she could swim, hike and relax. She was a photographer, a neophyte gardener and a home improvement addict. Kim loved to travel, have adventures and always said "Life should never be boring".
Kim was a member of both St. Lawrence and St. James Catholic parishes. For many years she coordinated a holiday "Adopt a Family" drive with her students and the church. She was a member of the Wellness Community and active in the Redondo Beach Relay for Life.
Kim is survived by her husband John, son Steven (Megan) of Barksdale AFB, LA, daughters Erin of Sacramento, CA and Kara of Torrance, CA as well as three grandchildren-Isaiah, Aidan and Scarlett. She is also survived by her father and mother, Jim and Barbara White, brothers Jay (Jennifer) and Jeff (Andrea) and sisters Cathy and Laurel (Bill) Atwood.
Kim will be remembered by all those who's lives she touched and deeply missed by her students and their families, her colleagues and friends, and especially by her family.
Visitation will be from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm on Thursday, January 8, 2009 at the Rice Mortuary Chapel at 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503.(310)792-7599.
Funeral Services will be at 10:30 am on Saturday, January 10, 2009, at St. James Catholic Church at 415 Vincent St., Redondo Beach, CA 90277.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Kim's name to:
Embrace Support Group
c/o Little Company of Mary foundation
4101 Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90503