Carol Kimbell Obituary (1947 – 2023) – Yuma, AZ

Carol Anita (Face) Kimbell

January 3, 1947 – January 11, 2023

On Wednesday, January 11th, 2023, Carol (Face) Kimbell beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and sister, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loved ones. She was seventy six.

Carol leaves behind her husband of nineteen years, Earl Shadden Kimbell, Jr.; her daughters, Ann and Sarah Clark; her three grandsons, (Zeke Wagner, Leo Wagner, and Cyrus Boyd), and her younger brother, Ray Face.

Carol is predeceased by her parents, Al and Ellenore Face.

Born on January 3rd, 1947, in Yuma, Arizona, Carol grew up on the Bruce Church cattle ranch (her father was the ranch manager) in the Gila Valley. In her youth, she was active in 4-H and at 14 years old won first place for her grand champion steer, named “Teddy Bear”. She graduated from Kofa High School in 1965 and went on to the University of Arizona, completing her master’s in education. She taught school in Yuma for over 20 years primarily at Gwyneth Ham and Otondo schools. She was a reading specialist for the last 5 years of her teaching career. Beginning in 2019, Carol and her husband lived in New Mexico where she cherished the gorgeous desert vistas, time with her husband, dog (Rusty), and cat (Loki).

She handled her stage 4 cancer and difficult medical treatments with grace and strength right up to the end.

All who knew Carol appreciated her kindness and ability to focus on others. She touched the lives of many of the students she taught. She was an honest and reliable person. She had a beautiful singing voice. She had a deep love for all animals. She walked most days until her health did not allow it. She enjoyed gardening and particularly liked tending to her rose bushes. She loved coffee and appreciated art and books. She had a youthful sensibility, was open minded, and cared about social issues. She always looked her best in fashionable clothes and jewelry. Her favorite color was red.

Her husband feels her loss deeply and is grateful for the years they had together. Her daughters adored her; they will miss sharing with her the life details that only a mother asks about. Carol was an attentive and loving mother and a dear friend to her girls.

Carol did not want a traditional memorial service, but she will be honored by her loved ones. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Yuma Food Bank ( or The National Parks (

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Published by Yuma Sun on Jan. 22, 2023.

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