Remembering longtime West Seattleite Vicky McKim, 1947-2013

Family and friends have said goodbye to Vicky McKim, and are sharing this remembrance:

Victoria Lynn Kaiser McKim
October 30, 1947 – July 6, 2013

Vicky went home into the loving arms of her Savior Jesus after courageously fighting mesothelioma. Her steadfast faith sustained her throughout her treatment and she was a willing witness for Christ.

Vicky was born and raised in Springfield, Ohio, the oldest of five daughters, to Roger and Joan Kaiser. She was active in vocal and dramatic activities, both in and outside of school. She graduated with a BS in Education from Otterbein College and taught elementary school in New Albany and Harrisburg, Ohio, and then regularly substitute-taught in several parochial schools, primarily at Hope Lutheran School in Seattle.

Vicky and Ken, founding owner of Greentree Animal Hospital in West Seattle, began “going steady” in high school, a love affair that continued for more than 50 years.

They were married in December 14, 1968 in Springfield, Ohio and lived in Columbus, Ohio until Ken graduated from Veterinary College in 1971. They then moved to West Seattle and never left. Jennifer was born in 1972 and Jeremy in 1975. She enjoyed many fun times camping and hiking with her family and friends, loved to scrapbook, and invested time in her friends.

She was an active member of Hope Lutheran Church, where she most loved to sing in the choir. She also served on the School Board and Call Committees, as well as serving in many other activities. She was an outstanding cook and baker who did not hesitate to share her culinary skills and creations with many.

She was an exceptionally devoted grandmother, spending time and traveling often to visit her six grandchildren. She also enjoyed times in Cle Elum, Washington, at Ken and Vicky’s retirement property. Most of all, she treasured the time she spent with her Lord, praying, listening, worshipping and sharing her love of Christ.

Vicky is survived by her loving husband Ken, daughter Jennifer (Glenn) and their three sons Owen, Ian and Seth; son Jeremy (Sydel) and their daughter Bailey and sons Hunter and Sam; her mother Joan Kaiser and sisters Christy, Becky (Denny), Connie and Mindy (Bruce), along with two nieces, seven nephews and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

A memorial service was held on July 20, 2013 at Hope Lutheran Church. Memorial gifts can be given in her name to Hope Lutheran Church in West Seattle.

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12 Replies to "Remembering longtime West Seattleite Vicky McKim, 1947-2013"

  • Molly July 24, 2013 (9:41 pm)

    Vicky was a remarkable woman; a friend to all, and is so missed already. Such a treasure!

  • fiz July 24, 2013 (10:57 pm)

    I will forever miss her clear, sweet voice and gentle, loving spirit. She is gone too soon.

  • Jill Loblaw July 25, 2013 (1:52 am)

    So sad to hear this news. My thoughts and prayers are with Ken and his family.

  • Herb Haines July 25, 2013 (9:20 am)

    Ken, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless you all.

  • Brendan Jackson July 25, 2013 (12:47 pm)

    Vicky was and is a lovely and thoughtful person and will be missed. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to the Family…..

  • Ms. Sparkles July 25, 2013 (2:55 pm)

    I never knew Vicky, but Dr. McKim helped two of my beloved dogs pass on a few years ago – he was a kind and calming presence and I’m sorry for his loss.

  • Mindy July 25, 2013 (7:14 pm)

    I will miss you my dear, sweet, wonderful sister. xo

  • WestSide45 July 25, 2013 (7:18 pm)

    Vicky was unbelievably nice. If one can be certifiable in niceness, it was she. Ken, I know you may never get over this, but we will get through it.

  • Jeralee Knittel July 25, 2013 (9:10 pm)

    Vicky is now singing with the Angels

  • SAR July 25, 2013 (9:48 pm)

    I didn’t know her well, but over the years she was so kind and made me feel comfortable. I feel like I know her better then I did because it was easy to see her heart. Rip

  • Mary and Kevin Reynolds July 26, 2013 (10:41 am)

    It was our honor to have met and known Vicki. Her sweet dispostion made every gathering so much more enjoyable. Our sincere condolences.

  • Susan Cady July 26, 2013 (12:49 pm)

    We are so sorry to hear Vicky has passed away.
    She was such a lovely person.
    Susan Cady
    Stein , Erik and Sarah Willanger

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