With profound sadness we announce the tragic passing of our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt Yea-Sook "Joy" Kim RN MSN who went into God's loving arms on September 22, 2021. She was killed by a driver while crossing the intersection on her way home from her favorite park - a walk she took daily. Shortly before the accident occurred, Yea Sook had thrown a "Chuseok" Fall Harvest Festival (Korean Thanksgiving) luncheon which she greatly enjoyed with her many friends in Abilene.
She was born in 1946 in Hwanghae Province, Korea and was the eldest of six children. She attended and subsequently became an assistant professor of nursing at the Nursing College of prestigious Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. Yea-Sook immigrated to the United States in the early 80s with her husband and young daughter to live the American Dream. Throughout her life in the US, she was an entrepreneur and owner of a handful of businesses including a flower shop which she loved the most.
After following in business endeavors with her husband, she returned to nursing and then eventually retired to begin her true calling. Yea-Sook dedicated her retirement years to teaching nursing students in the global south/north through the World Christian Nursing Foundation. She volunteered many years for the foundation teaching in countries such as China, Cambodia, and Malawi. Her lifelong passion for knowledge and learning and her love for the Lord came together through her mission work in these countries. She lived each day of her life to serve the Lord and spread his love to every person she met. It would be hard to find someone with a purer heart and a kinder soul and a deeper devotion to God as Yea-Sook.
Her smile and laughter were incredible and infectious and reflected the true "Joy" in which she felt in her heart every day. The love of God could always be felt when near Yea Sook because she was a genuine personification of it. She spent her entire life spreading God's love, kindness, humility, and the promise of a new day. Yea-Sook was the most remarkably wise, calm, humble, tolerant, forgiving person we have ever known. She lived the way of Jesus not by talking, but by following his walk and leading by example. The world lost a truly genuine, pure and gentle soul with her passing.
Yea-Sook is survived by her devoted husband, Chang-Gurl; daughter, Jie and husband; grandchildren, Sora and Boone; Brother, Heung-Sun and wife; Sister Young-Sook and husband; Sister Kyung-Sook; a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father In-Bin; mother Hae-Chu; Sister Kwan-Sook and brother Kyung-Sun.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 11am at International Baptist Church 602 Palm St, Abilene, TX 79602 followed by lunch service at 12pm at the church (outdoor seating available). Please RSVP for lunch by Wednesday, October 20, 2021 by emailing the address below. The family asks that masks please be worn. In Lieu of Flowers please donate to Daeyang University where she taught in Malawi. Donations can be made through this link
GoFundMe: Donate to Daeyang University in Malawi https://gofund.me/98a66dd2
Or checks can be mailed to Jeong Ahn Educational Mission in Malawi 1506 Canyon Dr. Fullerton, CA 92833
Services on Zoom and/or YouTube Live stream. Please contact Yeasookkimmemorial@gmail.com to request the Zoom Meeting ID and passcode or the link to YouTube.