Kim Heddy, succumbing to lung cancer at age 66, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at Kaiser Hospital in San Francisco.
A longtime Realtor at Century 21 Wine Country in Sonoma, Kim loved this Valley and gave generously of herself to her community. She was a mentor for the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance, gave rides to seniors through Vintage House senior center, and coordinated her office’s yearly donations of Thanksgiving food baskets to local families. She also mentored many new agents, sharing her wisdom and knowledge and guiding them in their real estate careers. Her quiet determination in everything she did was an inspiration to everyone she met.
Kim was diagnosed in June of 2011 with Stage IV lung cancer. She outlived the doctor’s prognosis by a year and rebounded enough to return to work. She attended the Century 21 International Convention in New Orleans. She and her husband, Dan, took a trip to Puerto Vallarta, then went on their dream cruise to Alaska where they celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary. And of utmost importance to her during this time, she was able to be with her children and grandchildren, celebrating birthdays and holidays. Kim found solace in her family and her circle of friends, from her Jewish faith, and from the support of her church, The Napa Valley Center for Spiritual Living.
Surviving Kim is her husband and the love of her life, local building contractor Dan Heddy; her sister Pam Chinelli, of West Hollywood; and half-brothers, Joel Shedden, of Lake Elsinore and Mikail Shedden, of Encino; daughter, Cheyenne Smyth, of Sebastopol; and stepchildren, Jennifer Godden (Peter), of Santa Rosa, Kevin Heddy and Ryan Heddy, of Sonoma, David Heddy (Hanna), of Portland; grandchildren, Violet, Mason, Ezra, Parker and Annika; stepmother, Renee Trager, of Los Angeles. Kim is preceded in death by her parents, Milton Leo Trager and Gwynne Tompkins; and stepfather, Thomas Shedden. Her family, a huge host of friends and clients, the Sonoma Valley real estate community, and her Century 21 Wine Country family all dearly share in her loss.
A celebration of Kim’s life is planned for Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Quarryhill Botanical Gardens, 12841 Sonoma Highway in Glen Ellen. Join them for remembrances about Kim and to share in food, wine, and music.
The family requests no flowers. Close to Kim’s heart were the WillMar Family Grief & Healing Center (P.O. Box 1374 Sonoma, CA, 95476) and the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance (P.O. Box 721, Sonoma, CA, 95476) if you care to make a donation in her name.
We say, “Godspeed, good friend,” until our paths cross again.