EVANSTON - Helen Kim (nee Lee) died at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, 2012 in Evanston, Illinois. She was born February 12, 1927 in Shinchon, Korea. She earned degrees from Jung Ang Boyuk teacher's college, Severance Nursing School, and Ewha University in Seoul. She was a nurse, a teacher, and hosted a national children's radio program in Korea. In 1961, she immigrated to the United States and married Rev. Mark (Myung Sup) Kim on September 8, 1961 at Riverside Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. From 1969-2010, Mrs. Kim was a piano and vocal teacher to approximately 300 students; she was an accomplished artist and performer. She was president of the Mason City Music Boosters, member of the Euterpean Society and UP Women's Fellowship. She directed the adult and junior choirs of the United Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Kim was naturalized as a US citizen in 1974. In 1985, she was named Illinois Mother of the Year.
Mrs. Kim is survived by two daughters, Nancy Kim (Terry) Phillips of Evanston, IL and Joyce (Jeff) (Kim-Rohrer of Montgomery, IN; one son, Peter (Sally) Kim of Palatine, IL; seven grandchildren, Mark, Matthew, and Melody Rohrer; Josh and Grace Phillips; and Payton and Elliott Kim; one niece and one nephew.
Extended family: Ms. Marcia Royalty of Pflugerville, TX; Ms. Janet Stuehrenberg of Clayton, IL; Mr. and Mrs. Larry Royalty of Clayton, IL; Mr. and Mrs. Rich Royalty of Quincy, IL; Ms. Pam Nuessen of Quincy, IL; 12 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband Mark (Myung Sup), parents and sister.
A memorial service for Mrs. Kim will be at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15, 2012 at the King Home in Evanston, IL. A visitation will be at Hurley Funeral Home on Sunday, April, 22, 2012 from 3-6 p.m. in Mason City, Illinois. A private graveside service will be followed by a luncheon open to the public on Monday, April 23, 2012, 12:00 pm at the United Presbyterian Church in Mason City, IL, where, in honor of Mrs. Kim's memory, friends are invited to perform music and share stories.
Memorial contributions may be made to United Presbyterian Church of Mason City or Midwest Palliative & Hospice Care Center.
Online memorials for the family may be left at www.hurleyfh.com