Kimberlie Anne Haas, 60 years old went into the arms of Jesus at home on Hospice on October 13, 2023, following a courageous five-year battle with metastatic Ocular Melanoma.
Kim was born in Littleton Colorado to Col Joseph B. Hick M.D. and Laurie Braun September 27, 1963.
She grew up showing Saddlebreds, Morgans and Arabian horses at a national level in a seven-state region. Kim was very successful during this period of her life. She always attributed her love of horses and show career for helping shape her into the women she was. Kim spent many of her early years traveling Europe, Korea and Germany while her dad served in the army.
She graduated from Fruita Monument High School in 1982 (the last class to walk at the high school, she was always proud of this). Kim was the beloved class president during her senior year at Fruita Monument High School. She attended Mesa College for her prerequisites prior to moving onto Colorado State University. She graduated with her masters as an Occupational Therapist from Colorado State University in May, 1988.
Kim worked as an Occupational Therapist (OT) at all three hospitals in the Grand Valley, various nursing homes and home health agencies during her 35- year career. As an OT she helped start the first therapeutic riding program in the Grand Valley.
It was during her time at Mesa College she met her husband of 35 years; Tom Haas. Little did they know, prior to starting their journey together, how intertwined their friend groups were thanks to Tom’s college football career and her outgoing personality. It was due to this that they met and fell in love. Kim continued to support Tom as he coached college football and then later on, every middle school sport possible and high school volleyball. They spent countless hours together in the mountains, camping, fishing, hunting and moving cattle. Their adventures were never a dull moment. Perhaps their greatest adventure together was raising their three children, Shawn, Kylie and Rachael. She passed her love of horses onto all three of her kids. All of whom kept her busy running between rodeos, 4-H, FFA, and various sporting events all around Colorado and nearby states. She was passionate about providing the best education to her children and homeschooled all three of them, Shawn through his freshman year and Kylie and Rachael through high school. No matter what she was doing, she was always putting others first.
Kim was the mom that always had extra food and made room at her table for whatever kid came through her door. At County Fair and rodeos she made sure her cooler was never empty and neither was any kids’ belly’s. She always had a smile on her face and a cheer for every child in any of the various activities her children were involved in.
Following her mom era, Kim was able to purchase her beloved horse Jameson (JJ) and competed in Colorado, Utah, Arizona in 3-day eventing and show jumping. This gave her a new purpose and drive. Although showing Jameson, could never replace her favorite purpose, being a Mimi. She never held back when sharing about her four grandbabies; Tel (12 yo), Sorrel Anne (1 yo), Kaysleigh (4 yo) and Coleman (3 yo). She never missed an opportunity to be in Montana to make memories with Sorrel and Tel, or her Mimi Tuesday’s caring for Kaysleigh and Coleman. Even in the last few weeks as her health deteriorated Kaysleigh and Coleman spent every Tuesday with Mimi, this time caring for her, as she had cared for them.
Kim was a devout Christian and held strong to her faith in Jesus through the trials of the last five years. Her faith was evident in how she lived each and every day, with love, kindness, peace, patients, and joy.
Kim was preceded in death by, her beloved dad, Col Joe Hick, M.D., step-mother Pat. Her Grampy and Grammy, and her in-laws Lisle and Octa Haas.
Kim is survived by her husband of 35 years Tom, her son Shawn (Lexi) Haas of Montana, Kylie (Chance) Winn, Rachael (Cody) future VanWinkle, her four grandchildren; Tel, Sorrel, Kaysleigh and Coleman. Her mom, Laurie and step-dad (Bob). Sister Lesli (Todd), brother Cliff (Lisa) and four stepsisters and multiple nieces and nephews.
We will have a Celebration of Life for our beloved wife, mom and Mimi on November 4, 2023, 10:00 AM at River of Life Church 701 24 1/2 Road. Grand Junction CO, 81505.
In lieu of flowers please consider making a memorial contribution in honor of Kim to:
Grand Valley Oncology Survivorship Program; 2596 Patterson Rd, Grand Junction, CO 81505
A Cure In Sight; 01 Iredell Dr. Edenton, NC 27932