Mary Isabell “Izzy” (Jack) Kimball, passed away very peacefully on May 17, 2016 at her daughter’s home in Chewelah, Washington at the age of 85. She was born on July 10, 1930 in Lima, Ohio, the daughter of Mervin and Helen (Hartzell) Jack.
As a young girl, Izzy’s family lived in Texas for a time and later moved to Western Washington. Izzy graduated from Central Kitsap High School in 1948. She studied book-keeping, short-hand and typing, knowing she wasn’t going to college. She married Robert E. Kimball on Christmas Day 1948 at her parents’ farm at Claire’s Marsh. They made their first home in Tracyton. Izzy worked at Kerr Motors in Bremerton for four years as a bookkeeper. Her next job was having three children in five years and being a bookkeeper for their own masonry business that they started. When her kids were teenagers, she worked as a legal secretary for a lawyer in Bremerton for two years. In the late 60s they purchased the old Mobile Oil property at Hostmark St. and Hwy 305 in Poulsbo, WA. They built “Ye Olde Fireplace Shoppe” which she managed and operated for almost 10 years.
Together, Izzy and Bob lived on their sixty-three foot boat “Ursa Major” for ten years with numerous trips and stays in Alaska. They lived in Ketchikan for two of those years. They had a life full of people and adventure.
Izzy was a crossword puzzle enthusiast and also loved jewelry and “bling”. She learned to make glass beads with her son, Bob. She called her son, Bill her “Buddy”. They would take off on excursions across the state or across town on errands and find all kinds of adventures.
Izzy moved to Chewelah, WA to live with her daughter, Chris in 2012. She lived there for the remainder of her life. She asked Jesus to be her Lord and Savior in 1948 and is now with Him and her husband, Bob. Izzy was a very caring and loving wife and mother. She will be greatly missed.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Kimball Sr.; her parents; brothers, George Bollerslev and Dan Bollerslev.
Izzy is survived by her daughter, Chris Nash and husband, Earl of Chewelah, WA; sons, Bill Kimball and wife, Anne of Poulsbo, WA and Bob Kimball and wife, Sandy of Poulsbo, WA; brothers, Brian Jack of Ft. Worth, TX and John Bollerslev of Edmonds, WA; nine grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.
A memorial service for Mrs. Kimball will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at the Gateway Fellowship, Poulsbo, WA. Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com. Danekas Funeral Chapel & Crematory has been entrusted with the arrangements.