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Kimberly Ann Clevidence-Leysen


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Kimberly Ann Clevidence-Leysen Obituary
Kim passed away unexpectedly on April 10 at her home in Mesa Verde, not far from where she had been born 56 years earlier to Patricia and Oscar Clevidence. A beautiful, bright toddler, she soon became big sister to her brothers, Chris and Guy, and to her sister, Kerry. As the family grew, so did their activities that Kim relished. One of her favorite places was the family chalet in Mammoth where, after becoming an expert skier, she gained much pleasure from teaching others the joy of skiing. Her other special place was the family beach house where friends were always welcome, and where she could swim, ride her beach cruiser, and watch the dolphins play along the shoreline. During her youth, the family took annual trips to Hawaii, another tradition for bonding with family and friends. Kim attended Carden Hall and Marywood High School before graduating from Chapman University with a degree in Child Development, a perfect major for her role as mother and preschool teacher. After graduating, she married Erik Leysen, and they raised two daughters, Brittany and Kirsten. She later had a lengthy career with Hyundai Capitol in Fountain Valley and Irvine. Friends and family remember her warm smile, her teasing sense of humor, her natural artistic ability, and her caring heart, reflected in her love for animals and her particular delight with her first grandchild, Elliana Rose, born last year to Brittany and Lyle Yourex. In addition to her parents, siblings, daughters, and granddaughter, Kim is survived by Chris' wife, Tracy; Guy's wife, Tracey; Kerry's husband, Rich; many nieces and nephews, family, friends, and her two well-loved cats, Sugar and Sam. To honor the family's wishes, only a private family memorial will be held. Donations may be made in Kim's honor to the Orange County Humane Society in Huntington Beach, CA.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Aug. 30 to Sept. 2, 2017
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