In Memoriam : Celeste Kimball
Celeste Taylor Kimball - age: 97
(November 07, 1915 to January 09, 2013
There will be a celebration of the life of Celeste Kimball at Greater Grace Bible Church on 74 Deering Rd in Gorham, Maine on Saturday January 12th at one pm..
Family viewing will be held Saturday Jan. 12 at the Dennett, Craig & Pate 13 Portland Rd, Buxton from 10 to 12 noon.
Committal at family plot in Kimball cemetery in the spring.
In lieu of flowers the family wishes that donations be sent to Hospice of Southern Maine 180 US Route one Scarborough, Maine 04074 or Great Grace Bible Church (atten. Missions) PO Box 698, Gorham, Maine 04038
Arundel, Celeste Taylor Kimball, 97, lives now and forevermore with her Lord in Heaven. She went home peacefully on January 9, 2013.
Celeste was born on November 7, 1915, the third of seven children, brought into this life by her admired parents, Curtis and Delia Taylor of Lyman, Maine.
She loved growing up on the 200 acre dairy farm where integrity, honor and hard work embraced her. At the age of 8, she and her older brother, Bill, milked eight cows morning and night by hand. She enjoyed the harvest time when all the neighbors helped each other bring the crops in as the women prepared a huge meal to share.
Celeste graduated from Alfred High School at age sixteen. After helping the Kimball family down the road on their farm with house chores, for a time, she pursued a career in nursing. For 20 months she trained at the Webber Hospital in Biddeford.
She married Byron F. Kimball on her 21st birthday. All along the road of life she clung to the Lord to help her through. She, with the great care, amazing love, and multitudes of blueberry biscuits raised seven children. Her path was sometimes difficult, but her arms were always outstretched to the neighborhood to give a helping hand, to care for the sick, and prepare a meal for someone.
At age 55, Celeste drove a 60 passenger bus loaded with furniture south. This adventure of faith led her to Walhalla, SC, where she lived for 30 years. She became the assistant administrator of an active missionary school called Faith Training Center. During her last 15 years there, she accepted the role of missionary secretary and wrote over 50 letters per month encouraging missionaries around the world.
During her last years she returned to Arundel and resided with her daughter and son in law Mary and Phil Daniels. She eagerly embraced her friends, family and her church with contentment and peace as she endured physical challenges. She would readily give you a warm smile and a strong hug. She loved to daily devote hours in praying for everyone! Her life was well lived, a Godly woman, blessing upon blessings. Celeste will always be remembered for her sweet spirit and fervent heart after God. We miss you mama!!
She is predeceased by her infant daughter Judith, her husband Byron F. for 45 years, owner and operator of the sawmill in Arundel; her son L. Thomas, brothers Bill and Jim and sisters Jean.
She leaves 6 children Mildred and husband Robert Mitchell of Atkinson, NH; Frank and wife Mary of St. Louis, MO, John and wife Dianna of Arundel ,Me, Mary and husband Phil Daniels of Arundel, Me, Kathleen and husband David North of Cornish, Me, Celeste and husband Ronald Norris of Seneca, SC.
25 grandchildren and 47great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild
Barbara Reed Lent - January 10, 2013 Contact this person
To the Family of Celeste Taylor Kimball We are so sorry about the lost of your Mother Friend Grammother ect.. Celeste was an amazing person i remember going to a camp when we were kids visiting up in maine
. She will be deeply missed by all But, she is an angel of the lords so we know she is in her glory . Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you
Bonnie & Steve Hamm - January 11, 2013 Contact this person
"Well done thy good and faithful servant" is what I'm sure she heard her Lord say!!! Sister Kimball spoke volumes into my life and her love for us all was unconditional. Soon we will see you again and spend all eternity worshipping our Lord!! May Holy Spirit comfort you all during this time!
Lyn Vandenberg - January 14, 2013 Contact this person
Allen and I were so sorry to hear of Celeste's passing but know you have comfort in knowing she is with her heavenly Father. It is 40 years since we first met her in Walhalla and have very fond memories of her.
Roland Noel - January 16, 2013 Contact this person
It is with sadness that I have learned of the passing of Celeste, but it is with joy that I realize that Celeste is now in the arms of the Lord Jesus whom she loved so deeply. To the Kimball family, "may the moments, the days and the years of love which you shared with "mama" sustain you at this time of unspeakable loss". Like so many others, my life has been profoundly touched by Celeste in the deep recesses of my heart. Dearest Celeste, you are loved and missed