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Kim Marie Calhoun
December 4, 1957 ~ January 10, 2024 (age 66) 66 Years Old
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Kim Marie Calhoun, fondly referred to as “Mimi” by her family, completed her life on January 10, 2024, after living fiercely with pancreatic cancer for 32 months. She died at home surrounded by family. She is survived by her beloved spouse of 20 years, Jacqueline (Jacque) Suzanne Combs, her son Joseph Keith Davis (Erica Burrell), her grandson Samuel Dean Davis, her granddaughter Stella Elayne Davis (mother Desiree VanCuren, step father Chaz VanCuren, half-sisters Cambria and Aurora, and our beloved co-grandmother Jan Tucker, and grandparent Hailey Tucker). She is also survived by her brother Keith Benton Calhoun (daughter Wesley Calhoun Bell (Martin), and two great nieces Chapel and Addison Bell); two step daughters Lucinda Chafin and Leslie Black. Kim is survived by a large extended family of beloved in-laws and bonus family members, for whom she cherished and was cherished. She was preceded in death by Jonathan Calhoun Davis (eldest son and father of Stella), Thomas Ray Calhoun and Emma Jo Benton Calhoun (parents), Linda Lancaster Calhoun (sister-in-law), and Hollie Marie Calhoun (niece).
Kim was born on December 4, 1957, in Puckett Mississippi, a largely farming village in rural south-central Mississippi. She spent her childhood there, developing a love for “good dirt” and helping others. Kim attended Clarke College in Newton Mississippi, spent a summer employed at Ridgecrest Conference Center, Black Mountain, while working for the Baptist Mission Society, (now known as BMS World Mission), before relocating to the Asheville area. She completed her Bachelor of Arts with a focus in Religion at Mars Hill College (now Mars Hill University) in 1982 and decided to make western NC her home. She was a lifelong learner with specialties in human services, community capacity building and social work. She spent her vocational life serving those living with mental health and substance use challenges. She worked for United Way of Buncombe County 211; Trend Community Mental Health, and upon the divestiture of MH/SA/IDD services from the state of NC, was instrumental in her support of the founding, mission and vision of Sixth Avenue Psychiatric Rehabilitation Partners (DBA Thrive). She continued her work with area providers Mountain Laurel Community Services, New Vistas-Mountain Laurel, Family Preservation Services, NC Brookhaven, and Blue Ridge Health Services. She spent her final vocational years with UNC Health Pardee as a psychiatric emergency clinician in the emergency department and with Vaya Health, connecting those most vulnerable to a community network of support. She was tireless in her work, a fierce advocate for anyone marginalized in our communities.
Kim and Jacque met as a result of their shared community work, values, and religious practices. They found a church home and spiritual community at the Cathedral of All Souls, where they were both confirmed. They were joined in Holy Union on September 25, 2004 and would exchange vows again, to be legally married on November 2, 2014. Kim supported Jacque’s call to ordained life in 2017 and they have cherished their time and relationships at Calvary Episcopal Church since that time. Kim and Jacque created a sacred and beloved space in their home and have invested time in nurturing their beloved community whether family, friend, or colleague. We knew Kim as an old soul, a joyful laugh, a comforting hug, a warm smile, sunshine and light, a tender, fun and abiding companion. She embodied grace, grit, humor, courage, and resilience. She loved and cherished the whole of her large and diverse family and cherished any time she was gifted to share with them. Kim also enjoyed Mississippi State football, cooking, music, gardening, canning, reading, and puzzles. Kim valued family, creation, “good dirt”, good music, good people, good laughs, and had an extra-ordinary gift of being as she would say “ordinary”. She has left us with a legacy of what it means to be relational, to create family, to live gently by faith, love, and hope, and to create positive change the world, humbly…one person at a time. She had a passion for life, being in the moment, never complaining, and she lived fully, into every breath, until she took her last. We are forever changed by her abundant love and life lessons.
Our collective communities (family, churches, friends, bonus families, colleagues, neighbors, healthcare providers) have companioned us in a way that is humbling and profound, particularly throughout Kim’s cancer journey. Our family is forever grateful and we continue to be sustained by your compassion and relationship to us. Thank you.
We will gather to celebrate Kim’s life at the Cathedral of All Souls, 9 Swan Street Biltmore Village, Asheville, NC. The service is on February 10 at 2pm, followed by a reception in the parish hall. Per Kim’s wishes, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Calvary Episcopal Food Pantry, PO Box 187, Fletcher, NC 28732. Please note your donation as a memorial gift to Kim Marie Calhoun. Gifts to this food pantry will also support The Lord’s Acre community garden.