BROWNSVILLE, Vt. — Mona Lucretia (Jacob) Kimbell was born May 2, 1928 to James Clifford Jacob and Alice Singelyn in Grosse Pointe, Mich. She grew up in Grosse Pointe and studied at the University of Michigan and in 1948 met Arthur Raymer Kimbell of Boston, Mass. They were married on Dec. 30, 1948 and started their new life in Scituate, Mass. They were devoted to one another in a way that is all too rare. Arthur died in 2008. Mona has died in Hanover, N.H. on June 3, 2016 after a full life at the age of 88.
Mona and Arthur had eight children while living in the Boston, Mass. area before they moved to St. Albans, and later to Brownsville, Vt. Art and Mona moved to Wheelock Terrace in Hanover, N.H. in 2007.
Mona worked in the travel business in St. Albans and in Claremont, N.H. and she traveled all over the world, bringing her children trinkets from Asia, Europe, Africa and South America. She was always a committed citizen and served on many community boards and committees. Mona volunteered time with her children’s alpine skiing events, parent teacher organizations and church organizations. She drove for meals on wheels, was active in support for the Vermont Visiting Nurses Association, volunteered at the Windsor Library and Mt. Ascutney Hospital and was tickled to be able to contribute to the annual Brownsville Baked Bean Supper.
Arthur introduced Mona to Squam Lake early in their marriage and the family spent many summers there, exploring the coves and islands on the lake and hiking the Squam Range and the White Mountains just beyond. She regularly took respite from the din of a large family by sitting on the dock with a cup of tea in the early morning sunshine. Squam remains the emotional center of the family.
Always an active person, Mona was ahead of her time when she started jogging over 50 years ago. An offer of a walk had to be carefully considered as it often meant a 10-mile scramble. Mona had a beautiful crawl stroke and loved a long swim in a cold mountain lake. She took up skiing in her 40s and continued to ski into her 70s, taking advantage of the special senior ski passes. Mona loved to sing and could sing alto, tenor and occasionally base. Her gardens were always beautiful and her pies and bonbons were the best in the country.
The Roman Catholic Church was an important part of Mona’s life and she gave continually of her time (and pies) to various needs of the church. She volunteered with the Catholic Daughters of the Americas for several years. Mona received a ‘Mother of the Year’ award for the state of Vermont in 1988 from the American Mothers, an organization founded by Eleanor Roosevelt in the 1930s.
Her children, Arthur ‘Duke’ Kimbell of Raleigh, N.C., Abigail Kimbell of Terrebonne, Ore., Andrew Kimbell of Raleigh, N.C., Martin Kimbell of Campton, N.H., Daniel Kimbell of St. Johnsbury, and Charlie Kimbell of Woodstock survive Mona. Her daughter, Alice Kimbell Domey of Bradenton, Fla. predeceased her in 2011. She had 14 grandchildren (living in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, North Carolina, California, Alaska and New Zealand), and 12 great grandchildren.
The family of Mona Kimbell wishes to thank the staff of Wheelock Terrace in Hanover, N.H. for their outstanding care of their mother over the past few years. Too, we very much appreciate the expert compassionate service of Hospice. The family is holding burial service at the Brownsville Cemetery to begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2016, followed by a reception nearby. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Vermont Alzheimer’s Association at http://www.alz.org/vermont/.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock. An on line guest book can be found at cabotfh.com