CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Kimberly V. Mothershead, 53, passed away peacefully at her home Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her children.
She was born Jan. 22, 1959, in Springfield, daughter of Donald Edward and Kathryn Keller Vance Sr.
Kim was a 1977 graduate of Chaffee High School and graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 1982.
After graduation, Kim found her calling to teach children with mental and behavioral disabilities in Bloomfield, Sikeston and Kelly Public Schools. She was co-owner and Director of the Board at Don Vance Ford in Versailles, Mo.
Other civic endeavors include previous owner of Midwest Agri Chemico, First Missouri Terminals, Midwest Grain and Barge and AgriTrans trucking. She served on Senate Bill 40 Developmentally Disability Board in Scott County to distribute tax money to agencies serving the developmentally and physically disabled for seven years and two years as presiding officer. Kim also served on the Board of Regents at Southeast Missouri State University for six years, and two years as vice president of the board.
She was an active member of the Southeast Missouri State University Alumni Council. She was also involved in starting the Women's Walk for Athletics at SEMO. Kim worked hard to bring children's book authors and illustrators to local schools during her eight years of service with Y.E.L.L. (Youth Education Literacy and Learning) organization, previously serving as the president and vice president. She was also involved with the United Way Grace's Reading Program. Kim served on the Women's Safe House board procuring funds and assisting with securing policies that ensure security and living conditions for women in need. She has been a very active advocate and leader for the American Cancer Society the past nine years.
Kim was a certified scuba diver and was working to attain a sport pilot license.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Jackson.
Survivors include: her mother, Kathryn Vance of Cape Girardeau; two sons, Russ (Trisha) Mothershead II of Owensboro, Ky., and Clay (Tiffany) Mothershead of Cape Girardeau; two daughters, Kathryn (Gregory) Sprengel of Dallas and Julie Mothershead of Cape Girardeau; a granddaughter, Amelia Mothershead; and a brother, Donald (Vickey) Vance Jr. of Marshfield.
She was preceded in death by her father, Donald Vance Sr.
Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29 at Southeast Missouri State University Wehking Alumni Center in Cape Girardeau.
A funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 30 at First Baptist Church in Jackson with the Rev. Tommy Weems and Pam and Dr. Andy Pratt officiating.
Entombment will follow at Cape County Memorial Park & Mausoleum.
Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.fordandsonsfuneralhome.com
Memorial contributions may be given to the Safe House for Women,
United Way Grace's Reading Program,
Wounded Warrior Project
SEMO University Foundation for Athletics, Education or the River Campus.