March 01, 1980 ‒ June 25, 2020
MANSFIELD: Kimberly Michelle Rucker, age 40, peacefully passed away Thursday morning, June 25, 2020, at OhioHealth Hospital in Mansfield. In 2018, Kimmy suffered a terrible accident and after she courageously fought two years of health battles, she has finally found peace in heaven. Some may have noticed that after she passed away a loud thunderstorm broke out over the Mansfield area… anyone who knew Kimmy could just imagine her up in heaven—already rearranging the furniture!
She was born March 1, 1980, to parents William & Grace (Knasinski) Champion in Mansfield and graduated from Mansfield Senior High. Kimmy worked ten years with Big Lots starting as a cashier and worked her way up to the furniture manager. She previously worked for Little Blessings daycare and it was a great fit for Kimmy’s love of kids. She enjoyed nurturing children and it didn’t matter if they were her own or other people’s—she treated them like family—and the kids loved “Miss Kim.”
Kim was always on-the-go and had a knack for organizing. She was a social butterfly and made friends easily in grade school, high school, at work, and all throughout her life and consistently kept in touch. She was an excellent cook and was famous for her Pot Roast, Mac N Cheese, Green Bean Casserole, and especially her Lasagna. She enjoyed hosting “party nights” for friends and family where there was always good food and usually a rousing game of Rock Band with Kimmy as the lead vocalist. Friends and family will dearly miss her loving spirit.
She is survived by her loving husband whom she married May 30, 2003, Rontrell Rucker of Mansfield and her mother Grace Champion. There were so many children who called Kimmy “Mom” and they include: Alexiz Rucker, Viviana Rucker, Rontrell Rucker II, Aliece Rucker, Sele Mills, Williscea Mills, Amber Braudus, and Treyana Rucker; grandchildren Rael, Larry, N’kenji, Mya, and Ky’linne; siblings Jackie (BJ) Champion, Jason Knasinski, Kelly Champion (Kenny Bister) and Josh (Janelle) Champion; her father-in-law Ronald (Marcia) Rucker; her mother-in-law Arlesta Jefferson; sisters-in-law Senyana Jefferson, Sherell Rucker, and Roniesha Rucker; and brother-in-law Travon Rucker. She is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends.
Kim was preceded in death by her father Bill Champion and nephew Ian Champion.
Her family will receive friends 3 to 6 PM Friday, July 3, 2020, in the Finefrock Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes (350 Marion Ave in Mansfield) where a memorial service honoring her life will begin at 6 PM officiated by Celebrant Dave Roberts. Contributions in her memory will be used to create an education fund for her children. Please make checks payable to Kim Rucker Benefit Fund and bring to her services or send c/o Snyder Funeral Homes, PO Box 3085, Mansfield OH 44904.
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