Kimmy and I were besties… Sugar and Spice… Salt and Pepper… we were a packaged deal. I first met Kimmy just a few months after I moved to Arizona to go to ASU in 2003. I quickly found that meeting new people and making friends was not going to be easy. I started working at Sunchain Tanning Salon and Kimmy worked there too. When I was in training, my manager Becca told me I have to meet Kimmy. She is fun, outgoing, and will definitely be a friend for life. Becca was absolutely right and I am forever thankful to Becca for introducing us! So I met Kimmy and she invited me to a party that weekend at her boyfriend's house. I was apprehensive about going because I didn’t want to go to a party and not know anybody. I was very nervous, but my mom assured me I have nothing to lose and I should at least go. If I am uncomfortable, I can always leave. So I went and as soon as I got there, Kimmy spotted me, ran up to me with excitement, put her arm around me, introduced me to everyone as her new best friend, and the rest was history. She never let me out of her sight that night. I instantly knew she was going to be a great friend. On a side note – she would always laugh at me when I told this story. From there, we went on to being “Besties in the Westie”. We were inseparable. We even got to be roommates! We got an apartment in Ahwatukee and we had so much fun living together. The Harrill family took me in as one of their own. I spent many holidays with them at the magical Harrill Hideaway cabin and I will cherish those memories always. Kimmy and I went on a trip to North Carolina during 4th of July to visit Sommer, our “Bestie in the Eastie” and needless to say we had a blast! Countless birthday and Halloween celebrations (just to name a few of the many celebrations) with Mely and Jesse & friends! Kimmy, Cody, myself, and Alejandro (Hono) went on a Carnival Cruise to Mexico and made memories to last a lifetime. Not to mention all of our trips to Las Vegas and California…. I could seriously go on and on! Kimmy was my family… my chosen family… and life is not the same without her. I find myself constantly reliving our memories or hearing her voice and remarks she would make when I do something funny. When I graduated ASU in 2006, I was not ready to leave Arizona because Kimmy and I were having so much fun and life was good. I decided to stay in Arizona and I went on to live there for almost 9 years. My time in Arizona holds a huge place in my heart and will remain there forever and ever.
The passion she had for her family, friends, dogs, career and anyone she came in contact with were without a doubt forever impacted by her. The amount of lives she has touched is simply immeasurable. She had a very unique ability to make you feel so special, like you were the only one who mattered. A particularly amazing trait considering she had the biggest network of people of anyone I knew.
Kimmy, I love you. Thank you for your amazing friendship. The life lessons you have taught me are endless. You have inspired me to be a better person, then and now.