Kim Roth, who was my co-moderator on the Christian Ex JW Group and was also an active participant on the California Ex JW group, passed away on September 20, 2010 from cancer. She was born November 16, 1951 and was 58 years old.
Kim was also an active member of Women-Awake and helped numerous ex JW ladies there as well. On Women-Awake, we call ourselves the “Ja-Ja sisterhood,” and Kim was a very much beloved “Ja-Ja.” Kim’s passing will leave a permanent hole on Women-Awake and one in our hearts. Kim enriched our lives, bringing love and cheer to many.
Doctors could never pinpoint what kind of cancer she had. Kim became ill around May of this year, suffering from sudden weakness, digestive problems and weight loss. After numerous tests, all the doctors could find were cancerous tumors in her liver that were not the primary source of the cancer. She actually had a different type of cancer that doctors never did find where it was coming from. She was going to try chemo, but since they didn’t know the source of the cancer, using wrong chemo would just have made things worse. So she never received the chemo, and never had any treatment for the cancer, because all the results of her tests were “inconclusive.”
Kim was a wonderful lady. She became a Jehovah’s Witness as a young woman. She was happily married to another young JW man and had two children with him. Then when the kids were young, he passed away from leukemia (refusing blood transfusions, of course) and Kim became a widow.
Some years later she married again. But it was an abusive marriage with a JW and they were divorced. She struggled through poverty and alcoholism. Finally, she pulled herself together through A.A., and then put herself through school to become a Registered Nurse. Kim loved being a nurse. She worked at the Pasco County Health Department for many years before taking her last job at the VA. Kim was also a volunteer at the Healing Hands Clinic since its inception.
About fifteen years ago, Kim became a Christian and later married her husband Roger who became her real soul mate in life. Both children of the ’60s, they loved camping, traveling, and riding their motorcycles. Kim readily admitted to being an “old hippie” and always wore her hair long and straight.
On Sunday, September 19, 2010 she took a turn for the worse. Many of you who knew of Kim’s plight were praying diligently for her. Thank you for your prayers. She has now reached her heavenly home.
The one who needs prayer now is her husband of nine years, Roger and her two grown children. They are going to miss her very much. I too will miss her very much. Even though we had never met in person, Kim was a good friend. I wanted to fly to Florida to visit her while she was sick, but did not have the opportunity. So I just prayed for her, and left her voice-mail prayers on her Blackberry.
I am very saddened by her death and that there was nothing short of a miracle that could save her life. We all wanted a miracle (and sometimes miracles do happen), but it was not to be.
The picture of her above is the way I will always remember her. I will always remember Kim as loving, caring, and one of the warmest people I have ever had the opportunity to know.
Services for Kim are as follows:
Friday, September 24, 2010; 7:00 p.m
Calvary Chapel Worship Center
6825 Trouble Creek Road
Port Richey, Florida 34653