Kimberly Ann Bawden passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on June 26, 2021. She was surrounded by her immediate family. She was born in Vallejo, CA on April 18, 1953 to loving parents, Frank Walton Wetmore and Mary Cornelia Wetmore.Kim had a sense of flair and showcased this through her beauty, personality and fashion. She held herself to the highest standards and was always compelling and bold in her convictions. After graduating from Vallejo High School in 1971, she went on to receive her bachelor's degree in French Literature and History from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA, where she was also a member of the Delta Gamma Sorority. Post receiving her degree, she worked for AG Spanos before attending Humphreys and McGeorge School of Law. While in Stockton, Kim met her loving husband, Jim, who was a young dentist at the time and lived in the same apartment complex. After a two-year courtship, they became engaged and married in 1978. Before Kim would marry Jim, he needed to pass an important test – Did he love dogs as much as she did? Especially Labrador Retrievers? Together, the couple adopted a black lab puppy and named her Tasha. After this shared experience it quickly became clear to Kim that Jim and Labradors would be two of the loves of her life. In 1982, they welcomed their only child, Alexis Bawden, the shared love of their life. Alexis was the best of both of them and she completed their family.In 2015, Kim retired and ended her career working with her father in their family business, Wetmore Swimming Pool Company. Kim had amazing knowledge of the business, loved supporting the local Vallejo community and would even bring her last family dog, Zoe, to help welcome customers at the door.Kim loved her family ferociously. They were her sanctuary, and gave her strength, unity and an abundance of love. Nothing gave her more joy than spending time with her beautiful granddaughters, McKinley and Munroe Kirkland. Like Alexis, their boundless energy, sports activities and determination kept Kim busy and on her toes. There was never a dull moment at the Kirkland household when "Mimi" came to visit.For those who knew Kim well, she was compassionate, generous and marched to the beat of her own drum. She was happiest seeing others smile and had a way of remembering facts, gestures and idiosyncrasies about others and that made you feel special. Kim gave so much to those she cared about and would do anything to help someone succeed. As she lovingly and often told her family, "I love you more than life itself." Kim was an unbelievable woman. She was a wife, a sister, a mother, a grandmother, and a friend. Kim was well-loved and will never be forgotten.Kim is survived by her husband of 43 years, James Clinton Bawden III; her sister, Francine Myers; daughter, Alexis Ann Kirkland; son-in-law, David Van Deren Kirkland; granddaughters, McKinley Bawden Kirkland and Munroe Van Deusen Kirkland and numerous extended family members.A private memorial was held for the immediate family. A celebration of life, in Kim's honor, is being held in Healdsburg, CA at Lambert Bridge Winery, her favorite.In lieu of flowers, the family requests you honor Kim by becoming a bone marrow donor through Be The Match at www.bethematch.org
Published by Times Herald Online on Sep. 21, 2021.