Mrs. Esther Miller Kimbrell, age 90, passed away at her residence, surrounded by her daughters, on Thursday, December 28, 2017, just shy of her 91st birthday. Mrs. Kimbrell was born January 10, 1927 in Rome, Ga., the daughter of the late Jane A. and George W. Miller. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Charles A. Kimbrell, and her sisters, Mrs. Louise Nash, of Ohio, and Mrs. Ralph McCord, of Rome.
Mrs. Kimbrell attended Cooper Hall and Rome High School and graduated from the University of Georgia in 1948. While at the University, she was a member of Chi Omega Sorority and Mortar Board. After graduation she married Charles A. Kimbrell, of Augusta, Ga., and they moved to Coral Gables, Fla., where they resided for 40 years. While in Miami, Mrs. Kimbrell was an active member of her community, serving as a volunteer on several boards, including The Junior League of Miami, and later, a sustaining member of The Atlanta Junior League. When her husband served as President of the Orange Bowl Committee, Mrs. Kimbrell gave of her time and many talents to Orange Bowl projects. A longstanding member of Granada Presbyterian, she loved her church and volunteered in almost every aspect of church life. Raising six daughters, she was naturally a valuable member of every PTA. While most people head to the beach in the summer, the Kimbrells headed to Rome to be with family. Eventually, when Mrs. Kimbrell’s husband retired from his law practice in Miami, they moved to Rome and joined First Presbyterian Church, the same congregation in which Mrs. Kimbrell was raised. Mrs. Kimbrell’s priorities were always her faith, family and friends. She was happiest when surrounded by her children and grandchildren. The ultimate sports fan, she was always cheering for her favorite teams, the Atlanta Braves and the Georgia Bulldogs. Mrs. Kimbrell’s daughters will always remember her as their best cheerleader, supporter and friend, as well as a devoted and loving wife. She was, quite simply, the best mother in the world.
Mrs. Kimbrell is survived by six daughters and their husbands: Sally Kerestes (Bill) and Lee Hight (Charles), of Rome; Jane Smith (Gordon), of New York & Atlanta; Katy Hoehl (John), of Issaquah, Washington; Anne Whittelsey (Sheldon), of Opelika, Alabama; and Beth Robertson (David), of Atlanta. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren: Katy Hatch Hollingsworth (Charles), David Hatch (Catherine), Charles Hight (Erin), Mary Hight Sawhill (Matt), Betsy Hight Richie (Brian), Fielding Smith Martin (Will), Kimbrell Smith Teegarden (Andrew), Gordon Smith Jr. (Kristen), Jack Hoehl, Mary Kate Hoehl Hickinbotham (Drew), Nellie Hoehl, Chip Hoehl, Whit Whittelsey (Nan), William Whittelsey, John Whittelsey, David Robertson Jr. (Kristen), Charlie Robertson, and nine great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Kimbrell’s family is thankful to her special caregivers, Sue Crowe, Melissa Crowe, and Judy Hester, and to the Heyman Hospice staff who lovingly cared for her at the end of her life.
A celebration of Mrs. Kimbrell’s life will be conducted Friday, January 5, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Rome. The family will receive friends following the service in King Hall. In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests memorial contributions be made to First Presbyterian Church of Rome, 102 East Third Ave., Rome, Ga. 30161, or the Good Neighbors Ministries of Rome, 208 East Second St., Rome, Ga. 30161.
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