Kimberly passed away January 10, 2014, following a lengthy battle with cancer. She was born on May 11, 1969, in Hinsdale, Illinois, and moved to La Jolla at the age of 12. |
In her 44 years, she lived a full life and made sure she left an indelible mark on the world. She graduated from The Bishop's School and then received her Bachelors degree at the University of California, Berkeley. During this period some of her activities included immunizing six thousand indigenous Guarani people in Paraguay, spending a summer building latrines in Uruguay, and working as a doula assisting in the birthing of babies. Kimberly felt great joy in helping better the lives of others.
Fiercely independent, Kimberly loved to travel (eventually visiting over 40 countries) and after graduating from CAL, took an eight-month solo-backpacking trip through Southeast Asia. She then received her Doctor of Osteopathy at A.T. Still University in Kirksville, Missouri. She completed her internship and residency at Downey Regional Medical Center in Downey, California. In 2001 she married Dave Schleef and moved to Portland, Oregon, where she had a thriving practice as both a family practice physician specializing in osteopathic medicinal manipulation and healer.
A deeply spiritual person, she felt a strong connection to the Earth and nature. She was innately maternal, advising and protecting both family members and friends throughout her short life. When Kimberly loved you, she did it with her whole huge beautiful heart.
She is survived by her husband, Dave Schleef; parents, Robert and Nina Doede; mother, Katherine Doede; sisters, Erika Doede, Lauren Schwartz and Aubrey Doede; and brother, Craig Doede.
A private family service followed by interment and a memorial service for family and friends was held on January 18, 2014, in Portland, Oregon.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to OHSU Knight Cancer Challenge, http://www.ohsu.edu/knightcancerchallenge.
Published in La Jolla Light on Jan. 31, 2014