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Kim Stallsmith

Kim Stallsmith

Sunday, July 14th, 1957 Saturday, August 3rd, 2019

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Obituary

Obituary for Kim Laurel Stallsmith

True to God’s promise, I am writing to you from Heaven. My soul departed the Earth on Saturday, August 3, 2019, leaving behind my body which gave all in its attempt to survive cancer, but eventually it simply tuckered out.

I was born on July 14, 1957 to Robert W. and Alta Mae Taylor Stallsmith of Arrowhead Farm in Carlton,
PA, Mercer County. My childhood on the farm surrounded by my loving parents and siblings was
nothing short of idyllic. We tended to the animals and toiled in the fields working hard but we also had
wonderful times playing equally hard. We learned faith in God, right from wrong, a hard work ethic, the
value of education and what is truly important in life.

In the Cochranton School system I received an excellent education, graduated in the spring of 1975 and
headed to Clarion State College (now University) that fall where I majored in Political Science and
graduated magna cum laude in 1979. Throughout my life I maintained a passion for the politics of the
world with a focus on the USA. It was with great honor that I was afforded in my lifetime the
opportunity to cast a vote for the first African American Presidential candidate and the first female
Presidential candidate. When the final history book is written it will be a very small percentage of
Americans who will be able to claim that pair of firsts.

Over my working years I essentially had two careers. My first career was in the financial services
industry working for Federated Investors in Pittsburgh, PA and then for Nationwide in Columbus, OH.
After returning to northwestern Pennsylvania in 2002 I began my second career in the medical services
industry working for Orthopedic Associates of Meadville in the Billing Department until my retirement in
January 2019.

If you have read this far, then you already know that I enjoyed reading, cross-stitching, country music,
word puzzles, daily devotionals, walking at Woodcock Dam spotting any type of wildlife even if only a
groundhog, and pets. From the favorite dog of my childhood Snoopy to my recent cats Banjo and Fiddle
and all the pets in between including the perfect cat Twister, I found companionship, solace and simple
fun in animals.

I also found boundless pleasure and never waning support from my family and friends. They were my
chemo treatment companions, between treatment companions, drivers, caterers, prayer warriors ,
chore doers, helpers at work and cat caretakers. I tried to wear them out but they were indefatigable.
I was a member of Milledgeville Presbyterian Church in Carlton, PA and served multiple terms as an
elder, assisted with Vacation Bible School and for several years was the treasurer. We like to say we
were small in numbers but mighty in prayer. It is not a congregation but rather a church family.
My mother, father, an infant elder brother (the first person I found in Heaven and he is as wonderful as I
always imagined him), loving grandparents and cherished aunts and uncles pre-deceased me. I am
survived by my sister Gayle Steck and brother-in-law Jim who loved, cared for, provided for and
supported me in every step of my life. They also gave me the opportunity to attend the wettest

Kentucky Derby ever (my only one) in 2018, treated me to the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in
2010, and made it possible for me to see one of my favorite singers, Vikki Carr, live in 2016. Gayle and I
also visited Alabama, Arkansas, Texas and Wyoming on vacations together making unforgettable
memories. I am also survived by my brother Bradley Stallsmith and the world’s best sister-in-law, his
wife Linda. Linda and Bradley graciously host our family for every major holiday also doing the vast
majority of the cooking. The family farm, Arrowhead Head, remains in the family thanks to Bradley who
continues to care for it as my parents did. Bradley and Linda have two children, my beautiful on the
outside and more importantly on the inside niece Kelly and my wonderfully creative nephew Lucas.
Kelly, along with dear Josh, has given me two spirited, loving great nieces Bailey and Chloe Fera. Lucas is
engaged to Emily Flack and I am confident they will be happy together for many years. It has been my
pleasure and my honor to have been surrounded by such a loving immediate family.
In addition, I am survived by aunts Shirley, Louise and Wilda and uncles Albert and Robert plus many
super cousins and their families. My life was blessed with many great co-workers and wonderful friends,
the best being Cindy Roberts, along with her husband Terry and their children and grandsons. Cindy,
Terry and I met while working at Conneaut Lake Park in the summer of 1978 and the rest, as they say, is
history – a very rich history which I trust them to continue!

I would also like to thank the doctors and staff at Meadville Medical Center and the Yolanda G. Barco
Oncology Institute, specifically Dr. Jason Brown and Nurse Dawnmel Grove. Working day after day with
cancer patients takes a certain, very rare kind of special person and the folks at “The Barco” are those
people.

You can come support my family and tell them a few stories they may not have heard at my calling
hours and funeral service. Calling hours will be Thursday, August 8, 2019 from 2:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M. and 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the Ryan M. Warren Funeral Home at 544 Chestnut Street, Meadville, PA and the funeral will be at the funeral home on Friday, August 9, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Brian Ennis of Milledgeville Presbyterian Church presiding.

Please take a moment to share a memory or condolence with the family on Kim's Book of Memories at www.warrenfh.com

In lieu of flowers, if you are so inclined to make a memorial donation, please make it to either the charity of your choice or the Meadville Medical Center Foundation for the Yolanda G. Barco Oncology Institute or the Crawford County Humane Society. Thank you, Kim.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, August 8th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Ryan M. Warren Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc.
    544 Chestnut Street
    Meadville, PA
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Thursday, August 8th, 2019
    2:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Second Visitation

    Thursday, August 8th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Ryan M. Warren Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc.
    544 Chestnut Street
    Meadville, PA
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Thursday, August 8th, 2019
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Service

    Friday, August 9th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Ryan M. Warren Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc.
    544 Chestnut Street
    Meadville, PA
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Friday, August 9th, 2019
    11:00am
    Officiant
    Pastor Brian Ennis
  • Interment

    Fairfield Cemetery
    36 Condit Road (Mr James Address)
    sandy lake, PA
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |

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June Wagner

I've been so sad to hear of Kim's passing. She was truly a best friend to me from at least 6th grade and through high school. Her obituary is exactly what I would expect, well written and from the heart. She sent me a letter when she first had breast cancer, but I didn't know it had returned. We had so many happy times at the farm, oyster soup suppers at the church, riding bikes and shooting hoops in the basketball court her Dad made in the upstairs of the barn. We both loved to read, do puzzles, were statisticians for the boys basketball team and well, just told each other everything. Friends. She was an amazing person and I loved her. If you really know Kim, then you'll know she would smile if I said Arunob. I'm so glad you were my friend, and I always think of you when I watch White Christmas as we used to do every year and sing "Sisters".
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Terri Oleski

I am so grateful for the time I have known Kim, although too short. She was a huge influence, my mentor, and friend. She was hard working and very meticulous. She treated everybody fair and was always positive. She was my boss and everything she taught me was done so with patience and she was very thorough. She was the best teacher. We loved the same kind of music. I loved listening to her childhood stories and the many wonderful things she experienced in her life time. She had an amazing sense of humor. I loved Kim and I am going to miss her very much,
Comment | Posted at 11:50am via Condolence
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Tina Carnes

Kim will always remain in my heart and mind. She taught me so much that made me a better and stronger person in many ways. She always was so great to be around, may it be at work or in a causal event. I miss her greatly and always will. Happy to know that she is in Heaven and is in peace. I loved her heart, she was beautiful. Love you Kim, Tina Carnes
Comment | Posted at 11:47am via Condolence
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Betty Moore

My family and I got to know Kim when she lived around the Pittsburgh area. She did alot of tutoring for people who had problem reading and writing . One of my family was her student and we became good
friends through the years. She moved to Meadville and we still stayed in touch. Such a good ,kind, loving, considerate and inspiritional woman. My family thought very highly of her and she will be missed. My Deepest Sympathy to the family. God Bless. From Betty Moore and family from Pittsburgh.
Comment | Posted at 12:48pm via Condolence
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Linda Aiken

Kim was one of the special people God placed in my life. She was my mentor and friend. She never lost contact with me when I moved away. To be her friend was a great honor. I will miss her.
Comment | Posted at 07:02am via Condolence
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