Delores Irene Gurney Kimes

September 20, 1932 ‒ August 17, 2020

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: Delores Irene Gurney Kimes was welcomed into her Lord’s eternal kingdom on August 17, 2020.  Born Sept. 20, 1932 Crestline, Ohio to Dale and Cleda Irene (Brown) Gurney.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Kimes; mother, father, step mother Pauline (DeVito) Gurney; brothers: Dale (died in infancy), Carl (Ruby) and John Gurney; brother-in-law Larry Holden, son-in-law Dave Foster and nephew Phillip Lindsey.  She is survived by sister and best friend, Martha Holden, brother Wayne (Karen) Gurney; sister-in-law Jill Gurney, children: Brad (Brenda) Kimes, Karen Crawford, Paula Foster, Ken (Vicki) Kimes; grandchildren: Patrick & Andy Foster (Lauren Tuttle), Katie (Ryan) McQuillen, Jordan (Alex) Frey, Matthew (Katie) Kimes, Melissa Kimes (John Velez), Shay (Tré) Cross, Tess Partin, Vince (Lisa) Richardson, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A 1950 graduate of Shelby HS, Delores married Paul in 1951. In 1959, the couple moved their young family to Ruby Ave. in Mansfield. They lived in Madison Twp. on Keller Drive from 1975 until Paul’s death in 2008, after which she enjoyed life in her Lexington condo. Retired from United Telephone/Sprint in 1990, over the course of her long career she was employed at Shelby Mutual, Shelby Air Force Depot and Westinghouse, serving in various positions including management and executive secretary.

Delores remained a dedicated servant of the Lord through many church ministries, first at Diamond Hills Baptist, then at Eagles Mount (formerly Shout of the King) in Lexington where she kept the church building spotless and flowerbeds perfectly manicured until age 86.  An affinity for “facts and figures,” her mind remained sharp as she oversaw church finances until her death.  Delores’ incredible memory never faded as she flawlessly remembered birthdates, never failing to send a card, which always arrived on time!

Referred to as “Mrs. Clean” by Paul, those who knew her would agree that if there’s any truth to the saying, “cleanliness is next to godliness” then few were closer to God than Delores!  She had no time or patience for “sitting around” when there was work to be done and always maintained her high standards of excellence.  Born in the depths of the depression, Delores worked diligently to overcome the many obstacles she faced, helping to build a secure and satisfying life for herself and her family.

Her no-nonsense moral code often left her frustrated by the changing world around her. Yet as exasperated as she might become, her kindness and compassion always won out.  An exemplary daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, church member, employee, neighbor and friend, God’s eternal kingdom is surely enhanced by her entrance, even as this “side” is diminished by her absence. Hopefully God is prepared for the new standard of cleanliness His diligent daughter will expect in her eternal home! Delores Kimes could well be described as the quintessential “Mom.” Her “D. Kimes” brownies were legendary among those who enjoyed them over the years. She will be deeply missed and mourned by all blessed with the amazing gift of knowing and loving her.

A private family viewing, followed by a graveside service at Mansfield Memorial Park, is arranged with the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. Her family will hold a public Celebration of Life on Sat. Aug. 22 at 2 p.m at Eagles Mount Church, 60 Delaware St. (US Rt. 42) Lexington, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of North Central Ohio.

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  • I loved Delores she was always so kind and loving. She always showed dignity and grace she will surely be missed. Condolences to her family and friends . The world has lost a wonderful woman

  • Your mother was a gift to everyone who ever met her. She seemed to always be a part of my life. Her Smile and Her Laugh was contagious. Mom would always talk of their times together, she couldn’t wait for school to let out so she could go to their house and play Church. Prayers for all of her Family during this time of loss.

  • I have so many fond memories of my Aunt Delores. I played with her children on Ruby Avenue while my Grandma Cleda watched all of us. There were many celebrations at various family member’s houses and of course every summer there was the annual Lord-Brown reunion, which I last attended in 2018. My favorite times were the Christmas parties that were either hosted at Aunt Delores’ or Aunt Martha’s house, usually the weekend before Christmas. My aunts and uncles were wonderful hosts and there was plenty of room for all the kids to play. Thank you Aunt Delores, for your sweet love and how you taught all of us how important it is to connect with family.

  • Karen. I am sorry sorry for the loss you are experiencing I know how much it hurts as I know how much you loved and admired your mom. Things will be hard but they will get easier with time. Just treasure all the good memories that you shared with her and your family.
    I am here if you need to talk. Love you my friend. Ev

  • I have great memories of growing up on Emerald Avenue and crossing the “bags” yard to get to the Kimes house. Delores was the sweetest person and I don’t ever remember her getting loud or cross with her children or the Damude kids. We had so much fun all playing together. I didn’t realize that she was born in Crestline where I have lived since 1980. Big hugs to all of you-Brad, Karen, Paula and Kenny. May she rest in God’s loving arms!

  • Did not get to know her as well as we would have liked as neighbors, but we sensed her gentle spirit and kindness,at the condos where we all loved. We know she will leave a large hole in the hearts of the ones who loved her. Stan and Kitty

  • Aunt Delores was truly one of a kind—a beautiful and kind soul. Always smiling with kind words. I always enjoyed sitting at the table eating cookies while mom and dad and Aunt Delores and Uncle Paul would play dominoes. Special memories for sure. And, I always hoped I would get some of her delicious lasagna at the family reunion. You will be missed. Love you and love to all my cousins and their families during this most difficult time.

  • My love and prayers for all who miss this wonderful lady. My life was touched deeply by Delores on many occasions. She lived a good, long life, but too short for those she left behind. May God bless her family with peace and comfort in their loss.
    My sincere condolences,

  • Delores was a sweet, sweet woman and a wonderful neighbor to me. Condolence prayers to every one of her family and loved ones. Blessings to all of you. May we all be ready when our day comes, Love, Cynthia — Neighbor across her driveway

  • Dearest Paula, Brad, Karen, Kenny and families,
    Mrs. Kimes (Digger!) was always kind to me, casting a radiant smile my way as she worked so diligently. I am grateful for her long life and especially the gift of my beloved friend Paula and her wonderful sons! Sending love and peace to your entire family, who are in my daily prayers…
    Jane Wetzel Jako