"Concerned with the General Welfare of the Deaf of Iowa"

Mary Kathryn Kimmons

May 3, 1944 -- July 4, 2017

Mary Kathryn Kimmons was born in Des Moines, Iowa on May 3, 1944, the eldest of 3 children born to Rosemary and Harve Boyd. Mary K entered the world with a severe hearing loss which helped shape the course of her life. Lacking the ability to hear anything below the sound of a jet engine without hearing aids, she learned to read lips at an early age. She graduated from Westside High School in 1962, despite attending 10 different schools and never receiving any formal deaf education or training in sign language. Between owning a bakery and a mail delivery service among a variety of jobs, she raised 2 daughters and still managed to graduate from The University of Nebraska Omaha in 1982 with a BA in sociology, psychology, and education. She would later earn her Masters in Special Education from the University of Nebraska Lincoln. While attending UNO she became proficient in sign language. This provided her the medium to better serve the deaf community and pursue her passion to provide the educational opportunities for children that were not readily available to her. She could accomplish this throughout her career which included teaching positions as a high school teacher at Nebraska School for the Deaf; a preschool teacher and member of the cochlear implant team at Boys Town National Research Hospital; a junior high teacher with Ralston Public Schools; and finally retiring as the Director of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing for Westside Public School District in Omaha, Nebraska.

Regardless of her accomplishments, Mary K would prefer her "story" reflect her one TRUE passion. Her love for God. She was introduced to Jesus by her brother Pat and her relationship with Christ quickly became the catalyst behind her every pursuit. She loved serving at Christ Community Church, starting a deaf ministry and eventually joining forces with a variety of local deaf causes helping to create unity and to introduce people to Christ's love. She continued to serve selflessly; leading Bible studies, teaching Sunday school classes, creating curriculum, attending Bible Study Fellowship, planning parties, and basically helping in any and every capacity she could.

Mary K met the love of her life, Les Kimmons, at Christ Community Church, while forming a single parents group. Needless to say, they weren't a part of the group for long and married on April 25th, 1985. They successfully blended their families and were enjoying their 33rd year of marriage.

Her network of friends was immense and she loved studying the Bible with her BSF small group, playing bridge with several different bridge groups and playing bunco with the women in her neighborhood. When she wasn't
socializing, she was voraciously reading, sometimes multiple books at one time!

Finally, she loved and was deeply loved by her brothers Michael and Patrick, her daughters, Treva and Tanya, son Mike, and five grandchildren whom she tirelessly served and with whom she shared an intentional and uniquely special relationship.

MEMORIAL SERVICE Friday, July 14th at 11am at Christ Community Church (main sanctuary), 404 So. 108th Ave.  Memorials to Deaf Ministries at Christ Community Church or Deaf Missions in Council Bluffs, IA.

Thanks to Heafey Hoffman Dworak Cutler Mortuaries & Crematory, Omaha, NE and Janet Killam for the information.


Updated June 30, 2019