The pain of losing a loved one is a universal human condition, but the loss of Kimmy is a deeply personal experience felt most achingly by those who knew her best. She will be mourned as a mother and a wife, a daughter, a sister and a friend.
As the daughter of an Army man, Kimmy and her family traveled to different states throughout her childhood. She was able to call Texas, Maryland, California and Utah home. She graduated from Watkins Mill High School in 1994, and she spent the majority of her adult life in Montgomery County, Maryland. She also attended Montgomery College and Dixie College. She worked 15 years at Montgomery Village Intermediate School in the Special Education Department, and she was a hardworking advocate for people with disabilities.
As a young woman, Kimmy loved listening to music and going on adventures around the military base. She’d grudgingly allow her kid sister Rosie to join in on these jaunts, and they became thick as thieves over such things as huge bags of Doritos from the PX. Kimmy often kept to herself, but her siblings knew how much she cared for them. She’d chase away bullies messing with her little sister, or she’d bring home handfuls of caterpillars to show off to them. She made life interesting.
Kimmy’s children, Alexis (12) and Aeden (7), were the most important things to her. She accomplished a lot in her short life, but raising two beautiful and intelligent human beings is perhaps her greatest legacy.
Kimmy is survived by her husband, PJ Kastens; children Alexis and Aeden Kastens; parents, Kim and Victoria Mansfield (Hirschi); sisters Jennifer Mansfield and Rosie Lee (Mansfield); brother Blaine Mansfield; grandmother Jeana Hirschi (Kearns); and aunt/uncle Annette and David Hirschi-Boden.
- Funeral services will be Wednesday, June 29, at 10 a.m. in the Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel, 110 S. Bluff St., St. George, Utah.
- A viewing will be from 9-10 a.m., prior to services.
- Interment will be in the Tonaquint Cemetery, St. George, Utah.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Spilsbury Mortuary, 435-635-2212.
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