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Sandra “Sandy” Leigh Kimbrough

Sandra “Sandy” Leigh Kimbrough (née Parmenter), formerly Sandy Painter, passed away at her beloved home in Wentzville on December 7, 2023, after a heart-breaking period of decline due to dementia.

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Although her life was far too short, she did her best to always live on her own terms and experience everything the world had to offer. 

Born on December 21, 1964, to the late Charles and Audrey (Neumeyer) Parmenter, she grew up in Florissant, MO with her two older sisters. She is survived by her husband Edward Kimbrough of Wentzville, MO, whom she was overjoyed to marry in 2017 and was blessed to have him care for her until her last day on earth. Sandy leaves behind her two children, Casey (Christopher) Logan and Ryan (Teneja Griffin) Painter. They were her greatest loves and sources of pride. She also leaves grandchildren  - Evelyn, Leigh, Logan, and Aiden Griffin; sisters, Karen (Bob) Giddings and Leslie Downey; nephew, Kyle Downey; niece, Rachel Downey; and cousins, Paul Jay (Karen) Ryburn, Paul Justin (Kati) Ryburn, Jacob Ryburn, and Allexa Ryburn. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by beloved aunt Dorothy Ryburn, Uncle Paul J Ryburn, and brother-in-law Daniel Downey.

Sandy could often be strong-willed and stubborn – qualities that sometimes brought difficulty but often served her well as a single mother – and she was also incredibly loving, generous, outgoing, and kind. She enthusiastically supported her children wherever their interests took them. As a result, she was a devoted Girl Scout leader for many years (where she loved each of her girls fiercely, even as they moved on into adulthood.) She was also an active 4-H parent and project leader and rarely missed a cross-country meet, horse show, or football game despite usually working jobs that required overnight shifts.

Sandy cherished her friendships, both old and new. She was the sort of person who could get along with almost anyone and seemed to run into people she knew everywhere (including on trips to places as far as Key West and Seattle.) She loved animals of all kinds, and any creature who needed a home would find a happy one with her. Sandy was most content in nature and adored camping, float trips, gardening, walks in the woods, and bonfires.

Despite being a woman who remained true to her beliefs and Christian faith, Sandy was open-minded and a seeker throughout her life. She wanted to understand both this world and the next on a deeper level, wherever that understanding took her. She continuously sought love, adventure, knowledge, fun, community, and independence and always kept an eye on the goals she had for herself and her family. Sandy is deeply missed, but her legacy will surely live on through those who love her.

A celebration of life will be planned for spring 2024. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Missouri Humane Society.