Kimberly Darlene Oden

Published 9:16 pm Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Kimberly Darlene Oden died Aug. 24, 2019, at Thompson Health Hospital, in Canandaigua, New York.

Kimberly was born on January 23, 1973, to Sarah Lee Newkirk and George Howard Oden. Kimberly’s father preceded her in death in 2012. Kimberly was educated at Washington High School in Washington, NC; although, she graduated from Sanderson High School in Raleigh, NC, Class of 1991. Post high school, she entered the US Navy as a Sailor/Petty Officer and served her country from October 1994 until May 2001. Kimberly went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Campbell University (2003) and a Master of Science degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Capella University (2007). During her career, she worked as Mental Health Case Manager, Human Resources Technician, Training Support Assistant, Ratings Veterans Service Representative and finally, a Health Science Specialist-Veterans Crisis Line.

Over the course of her career she received numerous awards for her achievements. Her final days were resolved peacefully in Canandaigua, NY, the last place she called home. She was surrounded by family and had the support of close friends in her final moments. She leaves to rejoice in her memory, her son Brandon Tanu Park of Orange County, California; mother, Sarah Lee Newkirk of Washington, NC; sister, Angela Mariea Oden of Washington, NC; brother, Derrick Marcellus Oden and sister-in-law Michelle Denise Oden; two nieces Paige Alexandria Oden and Tailor Addison Oden of Richmond VA, Grandmother Willie Neal Oden of Washington, NC and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.

A Memorial Celebration Service will be held Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. at Southern Pamlico Event Hall, 519 Tranters Creek Drive, Washington.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for family and friends to please donate to Open Door Community Center, 1240 Cowell Farm Road, P.O. Box 2753, Washington, NC 27889 or via PayPal at