Kimberly Anne Youngblood, nee Weller, was born on November 3, 1968 to Robert and Sherrie (Soper) Weller in Lone Jack, Missouri. Graduating from Lone Jack High School in 1986, Kimberly attended cosmetology school and had been working in that profession ever since. Her talents took her all over Colorado – to Woodland Park, Cripple Creek, Ouray, and finally to Norwood, where she made many friends and lots of clients.
“She just liked to make people beautiful,” said her husband Michael Youngblood of Redvale.
Kimberly also loved making beautiful things, such as stained glass and other arts and crafts. She wore many handmade adornments such as jewelry, dresses, and trinkets, and treasured many special things created in nature, including crystals, fish, butterflies, and kitties (as she called them). She had a green thumb and plants adorned every corner of her house.
She adored the great outdoors and spent much time at local lakes such as Buckeye and Miramonte, camping, hunting and fishing.
“Whenever she went to the mountains,” said Michael, “she always had to have a handful of wildflowers.” When Kimberly couldn’t get enough sunshine outdoors, she got her suntan at the local tanning booth, which was a ritual for her. She also adored music and dancing.
Michael and Kimberly were married in 2003 after a three-year courtship. He spotted his beautiful redhead at a pig roast outside of town in 2000.
“There she went,” he said about their first encounter. “She walked right in front of me and she was beautiful. I told her if she wanted to ride on the back of my motorcycle, she’d have to gather up some glasses and a coat. Wasn’t 10 minutes later, she was on the back of my bike.”
Kimberly deeply loved Michael, and together they shared their love for motorcycles. When she was young, her father took her for many rides on the back of his Harley Davidson, and later, she lived for motorcycle cruises and rallies on her own bike and that of her husband.
It was her parents that engrained the adventurous spirit into Kimberly as a young girl. When she was between the ages of 10 and 12, Kimberly got to travel to all 50 states with her parents in their Westfalia van. It was at that time Kimberly first fell in love with Colorado, during a hiking trip with her father 30 years ago.
Kind and gentlehearted, Kimberly was also generous, continually giving friends and family presents small or large. She was very family-oriented – “real tight with her family,” according to her husband – and she saved everything she was given, treasuring her own family and her new family and all the birthday cards, mother’s day cards, and trinkets she gleaned throughout her years from them.
Kimberly shared her beauty with the world on a daily basis, through her job and her presence here. She was a very striking woman and “wild like fire,” according to family, and very faithful to those she loved. Simply, Kimberly was part of the natural world in which she dwelled. Like a wildflower, she possessed a lively, unique spirit and unending beauty that will be treasured forever.
Kimberly’s survivors include grandparents John and Betty Weller of Branson, Missouri and grandmother Virginia Williams of Independence, Missouri; Aunt Janet and Uncle Jesse of Tennessee; Aunt Linda of Independence, Missouri; husband Michael Youngblood; Kimberly’s stepchildren Dylan, Fawn and Codi Youngblood, and several cousins. She had many friends and family members who will feel her loss, as well as those faithful among her clientele in Southwest Colorado.
A memorial gathering will be held the afternoon of July 24 at the Youngblood residence in Redvale (321 Road 35.90). One evening prior, a memorial benefit dinner will take place at the Norwood Community Center from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, please phone Janet Glockson at 327-4587.