Kimma Lee McCluey passed away in her sleep on February 10, 2019, from complications of COPD. A Celebration of Life will be held for Kimma on Saturday, March 16, 2019, 11:00 a.m. at Jalapenos Restaurant in Boise, Idaho. Kimma is survived by her brothers Michael and John McCluey.
Kimma Lee McCluey was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, on September 22, 1962. Shortly after, she was adopted by L.J. and Leona McCluey, who resided in Tonopah, Nevada, with their son Michael. Kim was a tiny baby, and her dad Mac always told how she would fit on his forearm between his wrist and elbow. The McClueys were blessed with another child a year and half later. Kim’s mom, Lee, was told that she could never have children. She proved them all wrong and felt blessed to have three children -- step, adopted and biological. The happy family lived in Tonopah until 1967 when Mac won a transfer to Boise, Idaho. They were so happy to be back in Boise. Kimma was active in school playing the violin, being a Brownie and Girl Scout and helping the family raise animals on their mini-farm. Kimma loved horses and was found riding at every opportunity. Kimma’s real passion was caring for babies. She was always babysitting, working at daycares and fostering young children, for the rest of her life. Kimma earned her driver’s license at the age of 14 and got her first car shortly after -- Volkswagen Karmen Ghia. She was on the go from then on. Kim graduated from Capitol High School in 1981 and got her degree in cosmetology from Mr. Don’s institute. Kim worked as a hairdresser and cosmetologist for many years until she wanted a career change. Kim had several jobs over the years but found her niche as a delivery driver. She worked for St. Luke’s and later for Airborne Express, which later turned into the now familiar DHL.
Kimma had a huge heart and was always generous. She would give away anything she had if she thought it would make someone happy. She was always buying treats and toys for the neighborhood kids, even if it meant she would have to go without. Kimma never had any children of her own but always thought of her dogs as her kids and was very dedicated to their welfare. The best thing about Kim was her truly amazing capacity to forgive. She was happy to see you even if she was mad at you. We will all miss your kindness and forgiving nature. Kimma loved everybody.