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Our sweet mom passed away peacefully the morning of November 25, 2022. Ila Kimber Stewart was born on May 11, 1934, to Eldred and Gwen Kimber in Ogden, Utah. She was the second of five children and maintained a close relationship with her parents and siblings throughout their lives. She attended Ogden High School and graduated in 1952. She made lifelong friends in school with Dixie and Ann, who she reminisced about often throughout her life.
In the early 50’s, Mom met another lifelong friend named Maxine. She would soon begin traveling to Moab where Maxine’s family lived and met Maxine’s “little brother,” who was nicknamed Buster. She moved to Clearfield, Utah and soon began a career as an office manager for a Chevrolet dealership where she worked for many years. She held her own as a career woman in the 50’s and 60’s before we realized how challenging of a thing that was.
After years of being friends, Ila and Buster (C. L. Stewart) started dating. They were eventually married and were later sealed in the Ogden LDS temple. This made Maxine’s children, who she loved, her real nieces and nephew. Buster and Ila had two children, Warren and Rachael, and made their home in ‘Old’ La Sal, Utah. They became a part of a community they would come to cherish. Buster became the Branch President of the small La Sal branch for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Ila was very supportive and served in various church callings throughout the years. She loved hummingbirds and always had a feeder outside the kitchen window in the summer months.
Ila was active throughout her life and enjoyed the outdoors. She snow skied in her younger days and played golf into her 80’s. She also enjoyed swimming, horseback riding, hunting, and fishing. Like any real Kimber, she played softball throughout her life and well into her 50’s. She spent many summers playing on the La Sal women’s team in leagues in Moab and Monticello. She loved watching sports: football, basketball, baseball, (the Atlanta Braves were her team), golf, the Olympics, and tennis (especially Venus and Serena).
In 1989, she began working for the State of Utah as a District Court Clerk for San Juan Country in Monticello, Utah where she lived until retiring in 1997. Her beloved husband passed away in 1993--making her a widow for almost 30 years.
After retiring, she served a mission for the LDS church at the Genealogy Center in Los Angles, California. She loved genealogy and continued the work after returning from her mission. Upon coming home from her mission, she moved in with her daughter and spent her time traveling, visiting family and friends, and golfing. She would often spend a couple of months at a time in Moab with her brothers Doyle and Verl, and son Warren. Along with golfing, she spent her time hiking and taking pictures of the desert cacti in bloom she loved so much. When she was up north, she would go to lunch, get her hair or nails done, or just sit and visit with her little sister Beth, whom she was especially close to.
Before Ila had grandchildren of her own, she had sweet Hailee in her life. When her grandchildren Daytona and Dashal came along, she loved them with all of her heart, and they gave her one more reason to visit Moab as often as she could.
Not many people can say their siblings are their best friends, but Mom’s were. She spent as much time as she could with them. They golfed together, played pinochle until the early hours of the morning, ate ice cream (a Kimber tradition), and attended countless family reunions. She loves all of her nieces and nephews and enjoyed watching them grow up and have families of their own.
Our sweet little mom never hung up the phone or said good-bye without saying “I love you,”, and it was the last thing she said before eventually slipping away. Mom was kind, compassionate, tolerant, and had a wry sense of humor. We know you never wanted to be the “last one standing,” but we are so grateful we had more time with you. We know the reunion with dad must have been amazing and we are sure he loved your beautiful long silver hair. We love you forever, you were the best mom we could have asked for.
Ila is preceded in death by her husband Buster; parents Eldred and Gwen; her brothers Duane, Verl and Doyle; and sister Beth. She is survived by her son Warren (Tracy), daughter Rachael (Jeff), granddaughter Daytona, grandson Dashal, many nieces and nephews, and other relatives.
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
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Lindquist's Bountiful Mortuary
Monday, December 5, 2022
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Sunset Memorial Gardens
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