Vail Daily obituary: Kimberly Corbitt Henderson, 1964-2015 |

Vail Daily obituary: Kimberly Corbitt Henderson, 1964-2015

Words cannot describe the collective bereavement caused by the untimely and tragic death of Kimberly Corbitt Henderson, 51, of Golden, on July 23.

Remembering Kim and grieving her loss are her husband, Paul, and son, Luke, of Golden; her father, Jim Corbitt, of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; her mother, Patricia (Patty) Corbitt, of Vail and Broomfield; her brother, Bo Corbitt, of Arvada; her stepmother, Carol Corbitt, of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; her stepbrothers, Patrick and Michael; and her sister-in-laws, Elizabeth, Maureen and Hannah; uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and myriad of friends.

Kim was a woman of uncompromising principles and strength, and she cherished her family and all that life had to offer. Born in Coral Gables, Florida, she spent her elementary years in Reston, Virginia, and her high school years in Frisco.

After graduation from Southern Methodist University with a double major in accounting and real estate, her love of the Colorado mountains and the abundance of outdoor activities brought her to Vail. She worked as an accountant for Eye Pieces, as a children’s ski instructor at Beaver Creek, and was a server at several restaurants in Vail.

An incredibly athletically talented woman, Kim was an avid rock climber and beautiful telemark skier. Kim above all had a passion and love for aikido, which took her to Japan to study and teach English. She had earned her second degree black belt. Meeting her husband, Paul, at aikido in Arlington, Virginia, she encouraged him to come to Colorado and they married in 2000.

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She continued her education by obtaining her CPA and was currently working for Sand Cherry Associates based in Denver. As a student of koryu jujutsu, Kim was a formally licensed instructor of Takamura ha Shindo Yoshin ryu, functioned as the organization’s kanjicho (general secretary) and traveled internationally representing the school. She was currently undergoing advanced level instruction at the headquarters dojo in Evergreen.

Kim’s crowning achievement was as a loving mother to her son, Luke, and a loving wife to her husband, Paul. Her energy, enthusiasm and joy are not only for which she will be remembered but should serve as a coaching session for all of those who knew her. Gone too soon from our lives, the memories she gave us are too beautiful to forget.

Contributions may be made to a Uniform Gift to Minors account that has been established in the name of Luke C. Henderson, care of Olinger Woods Chapel, 1100 Washington Ave., Golden, CO 80401.

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