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  1. Syed Balkhi

    I have had a chance to hang out with Kim at numerous events, and I always had a great time. She was extremely nice and can hold a conversation for hours. I will definitely miss her.

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  2. Angela Bergmann

    Being local, I got to see and get a hug from Kim several times a year. One thing that will stand out is walking her back to her truck in Kent after the Northeast Ohio WordPress Meetup for the WP 10 year anniversary. I’d recently quit smoking in February and she told me how proud of me she was. She also gave me the most comforting hug ever that night, after telling her everything I had recently gone through. I’m sad I’ll never get another hug from her at a Meetup or WordCamp, and I’ll forever miss her support on Twitter. We lost a great person and her absence will be felt for a long time to come.

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  3. Suzette Franck

    I am honored to have hugged Kim at #WCSF two different times. She will be missed by everyone #wpmom

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  4. Justin Tadlock

    Of all the people I’ve always wanted to meet in the WordPress community, Kim was at the top of the list. I can’t remember the first time I spoke online with her. I just remember her always being around and always having something nice to say.

    What I remember most about her is that she took the time out of her day to encourage me in my non-WordPress endeavors. Whenever I’d write a post about gardening or raising chickens, she’d have something encouraging to say or to offer helpful advice. I have WordPress-related posts with 100s of comments. But, it’s those few comments on personal posts that make blogging seem worthwhile. Those are the ones that you remember.

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    • Jeff Chandler

      Funny you mention that Justin. When doing research, I routinely came across comments from Kim on different blog posts of WordPress people that had nothing to do with WordPress. For example, you wrote something about getting fruit out of your garden and she congratulated you in the comments. She seemed to be everywhere, giving encouragement and a pat on the back for a job well down.

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  5. joe

    Kim was a great person, she’s going to be missed for sure. She had a hug and a smile for everyone.

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  6. Jesse Petersen

    I’ve already missed her a lot in the mornings on our #wpmorningcrew hashtag because, like me, she was an early riser. Sometimes when I was a boor on Twitter, she would calmly and mom-like introduce me to a new perspective, never a snap back or a bite. That trait is making me change my tone.

    Her last tweet to me was wishing me a happy birthday two days before she passed:

    Hey @jpetersen, Happy Birthday! Hope your special day is filled with everything happy and wonderful. :)

    How could you NOT like this woman? As a fellow Buckeye (though I’ve moved), I felt closer to her knowing she lived like my grandpa did for so long and how my grandma still does, on a farm on top of a hill in north-central Ohio. We are all better people for knowing her, even if only on social media or in Docs.

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  7. jakilevy

    Thanks for this kind and thoughtful post.

    It’s been said before, but worth saying again – Kim is the perfect example of a person who is not a self identified developer having an incredible impact – and that community, compassion, and connection is what we’re all about. A shining example of leadership and kindness.

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  8. Emil Uzelac

    I am still shocked and can’t believe this at the same time. We met in SF this year, been in the same Hotel, shared a ride few times and even walked to Automattic’s HQ.

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  9. Chip Bennett

    While it seems like I knew her since forever, due to her WPWeekly appearances, i only met Kim in person for the first time at WC Columbus a couple years ago. Even so, she made me feel like one of her family. Kim was the heart and soul of WordPress community for anyone who knew or even merely interacted with her. We have lost someone truly special. Rest in peace, #wpmom.

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  10. kathlb44

    I didn’t know Kim but it sounds like a huge loss that I missed her. We should always take pride in and acknowledge those who step to the forefront and take an active role in leading and helping others, for those are the true leaders and visionaries. Those who give the rest of us a “leg up” when we need it most.

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  11. reportica

    I never met Kim Parsell in person but I have been encouraged by her generosity. So glad to see that I was just one of many who let her know she was appreciated. This is such a beautiful tribute.

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  12. Chip Bennett

    By the way: WordPress 4.2 “Parsell” has a nice ring to it. Maybe we can make that happen?

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  13. Ahmed Kaludi

    I am extremely sad to hear this! Condolences her and family

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  14. Nile Flores

    Jeff- Thanks for telling us about Kim’s passing over here at WPTavern. She means a lot to many people, and I know that includes yourself. She will be missed. I’m still shocked. She was a very warm and welcoming woman, and even my grandma remembers her when she was in the Enon area. I’ve shared this with the All About WordPress community on Facebook as well. Kim will be missed.

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  15. endunham

    I’ve met her only once at your meetup maybe 5 or 6 yrs ago. Since I haven’t been active much in NE Ohio WP community, I do regret that I should have done it to get to know her! Even if it was only once, she surely impressed me a lot as a strong woman, savvy tech lady and more! Thank you, Jeff for sharing your memory and thank you Kim!

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  16. Janice Person aka JPlovesCOTTON

    I had no idea…. Kim was one of the first people who really encouraged me to step out beyond the free WP hosting. She did it in the most understanding and encouraging way… taking time to figure out where I was, what I was doing and what would help me. Seemed anytime I tweeted about a concern or issue she was there to help. Sorry for the loss in the community.

    Since I work in agriculture, Kim and I would often trade tales of rural life and farmers, many of whom have come to embrace blogging and other forms of social media in the last several years as people desired to learn more about where their food comes from. Kim’s undertanding of both of those really helped me challenge myself and forge a path forward that let me develop a self-hosted site. She will certainly be missed.

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  17. Kim Woodbridge

    I had no idea Kim had passed. I met who through Twitter and she was always so helpful and encouraging about offering WordPress assistance and answering questions I had while learning. Right now … I am stunned. She will really be missed.

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  18. Lorelle VanFossen

    I just got the word. So heartbroken. Kim was there for me so many times, and such a great joy to work with. I wish I’d taken more time to get to know her better, she was such a joy.

    The WordPress Community is a little dimmer without her shining example.

    Thanks.

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  19. Shari Heath

    I just found this and have enjoyed hearing how much my sister had impacted the lives of so many. Thank you for introducing me to “country lady” you knew. I know how much impact the WordPress community had on her. Your accolades would embarass and please her very much.

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  20. Bond Nwonye

    Sad to see she’s gone. Grateful to her for her good plugin, which I have used. Thankful for all her huge contribution to WordPress codecs and documentation. Absolutely amazing work done.

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  21. the boy wonder

    I never knew Kim parsons, but I’m happy I came across this post. Sometimes i worry about whether the internet keeps people from genuinely caring about others as actual “people”. Each time i see something like this, it’s a reminder that we can transcend the veil of technology. Kim seems like she the type of person worth knowing online, or off.

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    • Shari Heath

      Yes my sister Kim was a very affectionate person and very involved in WordPress and its people. She always took care to connect with her online friends on a personal level.

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