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Hamilton homeless shelter executive director dies at 59

Linda Kimble
Linda Kimble

A woman who displayed “true, authentic care for the forgotten” has died.

Linda Kimble, who served as executive director of Serve City, a homeless shelter and food pantry in Hamilton, died June 28 after battling a long-term illness. She was 59.

Larry Wallace, board chair for Serve City the last two years, said Kimble’s “radar went up” when she met someone who had “slipped through the cracks.”

He said Kimble “cared for people, pure and simple.”

Her husband, Duane, said his wife was called by God to serve the less fortunate.

Serve City wrote on its Facebook page that Kimble was “a remarkable woman. A woman of passion and grace that stood in the gaps for the marginalized, disenfranchised and the forgotten of our community.”

Under her leadership, 622 East Ave. was transformed into a ministry hub to serve the community through the Lord’s Cupboard Food Pantry, CHOSEN Homeless Shelter and a clothing and household items boutique. She led efforts to expand the work of Serve City’s ministry to provide permanent housing for those transitioning from homelessness through the apartments, Choices and Shekinah.

Duane Kimble said his wife was smart and talented and was “amazing in her abilities to get things done, problem solve and coordinate with other people.”

He was asked what he’ll miss most about his wife of 37 years.

“That’s a tough one,” he said. “Her companionship. We were a team that raised children and worked at things to make our family better. It was a team effort.”

Wallace believes Kimble left Serve City in good hands. There are eight board members, and Elijah Balsbough has been named interim director.

Besides her husband, Kimble is survived three children and their two fiancées, Gabriel and his fiancée, Bethany Klett; Michael and his fiancée, Lexi Hughes; and her daughter, Angelina. She also is survived by her mother, Evelyn Snapp, a sister, Shary Snapp Duff, a nephew, Jason Duff and nieces, Ashley Sloan, Rebecca Snapp and Siera Snapp.

Because of COVID-19, services will be postponed until the weekend of Thanksgiving.

The Webster Funeral Home in Fairfield is handling the arrangements.