Kimberly Ann Hix
Kimberly Ann Hix (Kim), age 53, formerly of LITH, Elgin, Park Ridge, Arlington Heights, and most recently Grayslake, IL, passed away Saturday, August 25, 2018 in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, her “favorite place on the planet”.
Kim graduated from St. Edward’s Catholic High School in 1983; received an Associate’s Degree in Accounting from Elgin Community College, launching her into her chosen profession. Kim had worked for Santa Fe Railroad, Rand McNally, DARC Corp., Aramark at the Universities of Chicago, and recently for UL in Northbrook, IL.
She had a passion for reading, photography, music and dance, mainly ballet and tap. She was on the board for the Chicago Tap Theater, and would also participate in the “Do It Yourself Messiah” for several years during the Christmas Season. On February 2, 2006, Kim was introduced to a Celtic Rock Band from, as lead singer Alan Doyle would say, “The tropical island of Newfoundland”, Great Big Sea, and she never looked back. Due to her interest in their music, she attended over 200 (I believe the exact number is 211, but who’s counting) Great Big Sea concerts and literally made hundreds of friends over a 12 year period of time from within the United States and Canada.
Kim had a smile that was so welcoming and would light up any room, a robust laugh, and an enormous, caring and gentle heart, not to mention her outstanding sense of humor, witty charm and occasionally maddening stubbornness. Kim was not just a sister, an aunt, a friend, a co-worker, a niece, or a cousin. She was someone everyone looked forward to seeing, and picking up conversations where they left off as if time stood still. Her motto was “Live with no excuses; love with no regrets”, and that she did. She lived every day to the fullest and always found something positive in each and every day to share. In reference to meeting people, she believed that strangers are friends at we haven’t yet met.
Kim is survived by her sister, Jennifer Hinners (Hix), and her nephew Zachery Hinners and her niece Emily Hinners. She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul Davis Hix and Bonnie Lee Mary Hix (Nockels) and her grandparents.
Visitation will be from 4:00 – 8:00 at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium LTD., 410 E. Belvedere Rd., Grayslake IL and a memorial mass will be held at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6401 Gages Lake Rd., Gurnee, IL at 10:30 am, with visitation from 9:30 – 10:30. A luncheon will follow mass.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Chicago Tap Theater (http://chicagotaptheatre.com) or the Kim Hix Memorial Fund for the Newfoundland & Labrador Folks Art Society (http://www.gofundme.com/Kim-Hix-memorial-fund)
She sounds like a wonderful wonan. I wish I would have known her Jennifer. So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and all her friends.
Kim was an amazing woman who lived every moment like it was the best time of her life and made sure everyone around her had a good time as well. The number of people across North America mourning her is a testament to the life she lived. Her loss is keenly felt but her memory will live on in our hearts.
Our deepest condolences to her family. Seek comfort in the indelible mark she made on so many.
Fran, James, Kaesye & Finn
Kim was such a warm hearted person whose smile lit up every room she entered. We had some great times together over the years seeing Great Big Sea all over the country. I will always remember her laugh and her sense of adventure. She will be greatly missed in our community.
I loved Kim, her generous spirit, sense of adventure and sweet kindness. She was and is well loved by so many people. I know I will never forget the times we had in Halifax, Toronto, Chicago, California, in the Caribbean, and in Tarrytown, NY.
My deepest condolences to her family. I know what a devoted daughter, sister, and aunt she was.
Kim was a force of nature, one of the nicest people I had the privilege of knowing. She was my friend and I will miss her forever.
What a lovely tribute, I wish I would have known her. Jennifer, I am so sorry for your loss, and you were blessed to have Kim in your life, just as she was blessed to have you in hers. My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. If I can do anything, please let me know
Kim was a wonderful person, a true friend, kind, caring, genuine, and someone who TRULY made our world better just because she was in it…now she is making Heaven an even nicer place to be! I know she and Ms. Bonnie rejoiced at their reunion. Prayers for peace, comfort and healing for all who held her dear. Slainte, my friend…
I have been admiring Kim through all the beautiful tributes her friends and family have posted. I went to high school with her and always thought she was such a vibrant and kind person. I really love the Great Big Sea music I just discovered because of her. Thank you for sharing it. I look forward to the kitchen party in Heaven someday. Her love of music, travel, photography, and people are my favorite things about Kim.
You will always have a special place in my heart, Kim, as a fellow Great Big Sea fan. I am so glad I got to talk to you for quite a while when I last saw you at Jackson-Triggs in Niagara-on-the-Lake in July. Among other things we chatted about was our upcoming trips to Newfoundland, me and my husband going there in early August, and you going later that month. Howard and I were devastated to learn of your untimely passing in your favorite place on earth. You made the world a better place, and we’ll always remember your giant smiles and your kindness. Rest in peace. Condolences to Jen and your whole family, and to all those who were fortunate enough to have known you. You were, and are, a gem!! Cheryl Weiss from New Jersey
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