Kimberly Brown, 55, educator, scout leader

Kimberly Cooke Brown passed peacefully from this world to the next on November 6, 2014, surrounded by her loving family, following a four year battle with brain cancer. Diagnosed in 2010, Kim proved that she had an indomitable spirit, refusing to hear the odds of survival, and continued to live the same inspirational life that she led before her illness.

Born Kimberly Ann Cooke on December 6, 1958 in Boston, MA, she spent the first five years of her life in Duxbury, MA. (Duxbury was a particularly special place for Kim, as she spent most summers there from 1970 to 2014). Her family moved to Dayton, OH, then Rochester, NY, and Tampa, FL, before settling in West Windsor, NJ. Kim was salutatorian at her high school, then attended Bucknell University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education.

Kim was born to be a teacher. Her formal career began at the Chapin School in Princeton, NJ, before moving to Ridgefield, CT, where she spent 29 years as a mother, teacher, Girl Scout leader, and National Charity League volunteer. An active member at the First Congregational Church, Kim taught Sunday school, organized the annual Holiday Fair, and revamped the Confirmation program.

As her children grew, Kim went back to school, and got her Master of Arts in Teaching from Sacred Heart University. Following internships in Bethel and Wilton, she began work as a sixth grade science teacher at the Saxe Middle School in New Canaan. She was there for only two weeks when she received her diagnosis. Even in illness, Kim continued to teach all around her about love, courage, and grace.

Kim was an incredible and loving mother who adored her children, a beautiful and patient wife, and had a powerful faith in God. An aspiring writer, she wrote “If I leave this world, I leave knowing of God’s perfect love for me, and I trust that I will go without fear”. Our hearts are broken, but we know she is in a better place.

Kim is survived by her husband Chris, children Emily and Tom, parents Mason and Laney Cooke, and brothers Andrew and David Cooke.

A memorial service will be held at The First Congregational Church of Ridgefield, CT, 103 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT at 11:00am on November 11, 2014, with a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to any of Kim’s favorite passions, including Bucknell University, Girl Scouts of Connecticut, Young Life of Ridgefield, Huntingtons Disease Society of America, or the National Brain Tumor Society.