Kimberly Ann Vaughn

1960 - 2019

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Kimberly Ann Vaughn, born January 7, 1960 in Akron, Ohio, passed January 5, 2019 after a well fought battle with cancer. Having fought and conquered several personal battles in her lifetime, cancer was the only one she couldn’t win. Kimberly, also known as Golden Dawn, had a creative talent that knew no bounds. Kimberly lived a magical life with the fairies, dragonflies, and the Goddess who surrounded her in every aspect of life. She designed many beautiful, elegant pieces of jewelry and had customers near and far. Her most recent piece of jewelry went to Germany. Kimberly retired from Bluffton Fireworks to pursue her creative passion in her highly sought after artwork. She was especially thankful for the support of her co-worker, Johnny Beagle, during this time in her life. Kimberly leaves behind her best friend and loving partner, Cindy Girard and her two children, Krystina and Jessica. Cindy took remarkable care of Kimberly and loved her consistently through this long and difficult battle. Family and friends are all incredibly grateful to Cindy for providing a light in Kimberly’s life during her final years. Kimberly’s children include Tory Western, Rhiannon, and Majick. She had four grandchildren whom she adored. Kimberly leaves behind many beloved friends and family members, including her mother, Carol; her stepfather, William D. Huff Jr.; her sisters: Kelly (Reid) Foust and Kristen Campbell; and brother-in-law, Dave Campbell. Additionally, she leaves behind many nieces and nephews, including Emily Williams, Joseph Greer, Aubrey Greer, Jacob Campbell, Nicole, Annabelle, and Lillian Campbell, her Goddaughter. Many more relatives still survive including her cousin, Bruce Vaughn. Kimberly will live on through all of her most treasured family and friends surviving without her. Kimberly was preceded in death by her children, Rhiannon 9-16-2011, and Majick 1-4-2016; her father Terry Vaughn; grandparents: John and Elsie Vaughn; and grandparents: L. Dale and Helen Swift. Kimberly’s grandmother, Helen Swift, had the biggest impact in her life, starting as a young child when she read her, “Silver Pennies”, which opened her eyes to a world that she would never know how to live without. Adoptive mother, Ruth Strimpel, shared similar interests of gardening, travel, and shopping. A special thanks to Armes Cancer Center, Dr. Derek Thomas, Angelic Mercer, Bridge Hospice, Rhonda Swisher, Cancer Treatment Service, Dr. Paul Sears, Ann and Woodrow Morse II, Mary and Michael Phillips, Lois Iliff, Peggy and Kevin Zacharo, Tammy Van Riper, Kathy Lini, and Patricia Conine, for helping Kimberly through her illness. Also a special thanks to Ann, Elaine, Paula, Deanna, Peggy, Darline, Kathy, and Julie, sisters of her heart. Kimberly was a person so intricate there are not enough words to express the soul she carried. She belonged to Alcoholics Anonymous for 33 years. Her sponsor was Ruth O, Akron, Ohio. Her lifelong dream was to have her art in a gallery, which she accomplished. A wish she had was to visit Wales. She also had items in several boutiques. Kimberly was a great chef, but she refused to do the laundry, dust, or clean! She enjoyed wire wrapping, jewelry, designing, crochet, sewing, quilting, leatherwork, glass work, gardening, and cooking. Anyone who knew Kimberly would know she had a spirit not to be reckoned with. Her daughter Tori says Kimberly can now be the magic witch woman she always was. She hopes Kimberly knows how much she was loved and helped make Tori become the woman she is today. Kimberly was truly stronger than she ever imagined and those who knew her know how true this was. Loved and never forgotten. In accordance with Kimberly’s wishes, a celebration of life will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, Findlay. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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To : family
Date :Wednesday, January 9th 2019
From : ruth ottiger
Much Love and Peace to you all.I'm so sorry for the loss of kimmie. I loved her very much and will always carry her with me.Please let me know if I can do anything when needed.I was in hospital having surgery when I found out. I just got home. What a beautiful testimony.I am beyond honored to be even mentioned. My heart is heavy. Love and prayers to all.

To : Carol and the rest of Kimberly's family
Date :Thursday, January 17th 2019
From : Melanie
I'm so sorry to hear of Kimberly's passing. I didn't know her well, but my experience of her was that she was a kind, gentle, open soul. She seemed to light up upon connection with others.
I've lit a candle and called to all those she's known that have gone before her to walk with her on her journey (including critters!). I don't know how it all works when one passes, but I can only imagine that where ever she is she's reveling in this new experience!
Carol, my heart goes out to you. Please feel free to reach out for support if it fits for you.
Melanie (fellow gardener and critter lover from the rooms)

To : Whoever wrote this eulogy
Date :Friday, January 18th 2019
From : Family
We honor Kimberly's life and all of her accomplishments. However, the author of this eulogy needs some serious physcological help.