Austin resident Kim Anne Johnson died in Austin, Texas on May 23, 2011, after a lengthy cancer battle. Kim was born June 17, 1955, in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Kim was raised in Aberdeen and graduated in 1973 from Roncalli High School and attended West Virginia University. Kim was diagnosed with Stage 4 brain, breast, bone, lung, and liver cancer on March 12, 2010 in Prescott.
Kim is survived by her best friend and soul mate; Brion Domman of Ahwatukee, Arizona, her father, Clarence Johnson of Sun City, Arizona; a daughter Dione Tilston Owens, Austin; a son, Keith Tilston, Austin; 4 brothers, Paul Johnson, Florida; Wayne Johnson, Wyoming; Mark Johnson, Nevada and Dave Johnson, Ohio; a sister, Joyce Johnson, Prescott. Kim is preceded in death by her mother in 2005.
Kim was a fashion designer and owned Denim Edge/ Austin Vintage in Austin for many years. She was an expert at buying and selling vintage clothing all over the world.
Kim was the essence of a free spirit, soaring with the eagles. Kimís theme song was My Way by Frank Sinatra. She lived life to the fullest and did it her way. She loved adventure and embraced change. Kim did not have a care or worry in the world. Kim had tremendous peace and joy in her life. She did what she wanted, when she wanted without regard to anyoneís opinion. To Kim it was no about what you do, rather who you do it with.
Kim never left the house without meticulous attention to her appearance. Kim would not go the grocery store without looking her best.
Kim was the eternal optimist. Kim had a gift to look on the bright side of any situation. Kim never spoke a bad word about anyone. Kim managed to shine, showering family and friends with encouragement and attention. As she battled cancer, she made those around her feel as though nothing extraordinary was occurring. For Kim, living in the moment defined her.
Kim enjoyed Whisky Row and ladies night dancing at Mattís Salon, Bird Cage, Jersey Lillyís, and Hooligans. Kim attended all the Wayward Boys events. Kimís favorite was the Hassayampa Inn on Thursday night.
Kim enjoyed the simple things in life. The Notebook, college football, wine tasting, exploring new places, playing pool, dark ale, live theater, Scrabble, sewing, and cooking for her family. Kimís passion was gourmet cooking. Kim was a superb gourmet cook. Kim was meticulous buying quality ingredients at Farmers Markets and Whole Foods for her culinary masterpieces. Kim poured her heart into every meal to make certain it was healthy and superior in presentation. Kim promoted a healthy life style and food without chemicals.
Kim donated hundreds of hours to Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters and numerous nursing homes in the Prescott area. Kim was a member of the Christian Science movement.
We are eternally grateful to Hospice Austin, Christopher House and Senior Care Onion Creek for the superior care the last year.
Cremation has taken place at Angel Funeral Home in Austin. Donations may be made to the Christopher House or Hospice Austin.
Kimmie was cremated at Angel Funeral Home in Austin, Texas on May 30, 2011.