Doris Kimball Obituary

Doris  Kimball
Doris Kimball

June 8, 1927 - May 25, 2019
Born in Brooklyn. NY
Resided in Niantic, Connecticut


Niantic - Doris Kimball, 91, of Niantic and formerly Simsbury, and Bonita Springs, Fla., passed away peacefully at her home May 25, 2019. Doris was born July 8, 1927, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to the late Irene (Hoblin) and Rodmund Rockwell.

She spent her first 14 years in Brooklyn and then moved to Crestwood, N.Y., where she attended and graduated from Roosevelt High School and later the Katherine Gibbs School in New York City. She loved the city and was happy with her first job as a secretary and then as an assistant buyer for Frederick Atkins. She was married to David Kimball Sr., October of 1950, and left her job in 1953, to devote her energies to raising their family.

Doris was active in many sports. She loved swimming, biking and downhill skiing as well as tennis and golf. She was an accomplished seamstress and spent many hours knitting and crocheting. She loved to entertain, play cards with friends, and spend time reading quietly. Traveling was a great joy to her, and she created scrap books of her various trips with her husband. Another joy was attending Broadway shows - a love that she shared and passed on to her children and grandchildren.

Doris believed strongly in the importance of friendship. She was friendly and outgoing throughout her life. She kept her friends close over many decades by communicating with cards, letters, phone calls and regular social gatherings. If a friend or family member was ever in need of help - she would not hesitate to give of herself.

She was predeceased by her husband of 63 years, David Kimball Sr. She is survived by her five children, David Kimball Jr. and his wife, Margaret, Deborah Kimball, Karen (Kimball) Hyland and her husband, Michael, Richard Kimball, and Elizabeth (Kimball) Wilson and her husband, Michael. She is also survived by her seven grandchildren, David Kimball III, Sydney (Kimball) Montanez and her husband, Manny, Michael, Katherine and Daniel Hyland, and Alexander and Alyson Wilson; as well as her great-grandchild, Julian Montanez.

The Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 48 Grand Street, Niantic is in charge of the arrangements. Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, 2019. A celebration of life memorial will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, June, 12, 2019. The memorial will start at 11 a.m. Interment will be private. The memorial will include a time for friends and guests to share a special memory of Doris.

In lieu of flowers, and to honor Doris' example of friendship, please take a moment to connect with a friend or neighbor, or strike up a conversation with a stranger and share a smile.

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Calling Hours
Thomas L. Neilan & Sons East Lyme Funeral Home
48 Grand Street
Niantic, CT US 06357
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Celebration of Life
Thomas L. Neilan & Sons East Lyme Funeral Home
48 Grand Street
Niantic, CT US 06357
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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