In Memory

Celia J. Forbes (Kilmer)

Celia J. Forbes (Kilmer)

Dear Friends, April 16, 2014 Another MHS 1959 classmate has passed away. Cella Forbs Kilmer passed away Monday, April 14th 2014 at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, IA. Public visitation will be held from 3-5 on Thursday (Tomorrow) April 17th at Mitchell Family Funeral Home where family will be present to greet friends. A condolence from the class will be sent to the service.

Celia Kilmer, 72, of Marshalltown, Iowa, passed away on Monday, April 14, 2014, at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. Public visitation for Celia will be held from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Mitchell Family Funeral Home where her family will be present to greet friends. Memorial contributions may be directed in Celia’s name to her family. For further information or to send a condolence please visit or call (641) 844-1234.

Celia Forbes was born on August 28, 1941, in Marshalltown, Iowa, the daughter of Willard and Martha (Herm) Forbes. She was raised and educated in Marshalltown, graduating from Marshalltown High School in 1959. Celia had an adventurous soul, she enjoyed moving throughout Iowa, Colorado and later to Arkansas. During her life she worked as a waitress at Zeno's Pizza, owned her own restaraunt in the 1960's and was a factory worker for a number of years. In 1996, Celia married Jim Kilmer and a few years later, retired to Arkansas where they lived for 14 years. In January of 2014 Celia and Jim moved back to Iowa to be closer to family. Celia had many hobbies and passions including camping, fishing, travel, puzzles, C.B. radios, collecting dolls and most importantly family. Left to cherish her memory is her husband; Jim Kilmer; children: Susan (Alan) Clapp, Tom (Tammy) Bowman, Jason Mitchell, Scott Kilmer, Tom Kilmer, and Melissa Walker; lots of grandchildren and great grandchildren; three sisters: Betty (Kieth) Claude, Mary (Jack) Heltsley, and Pam Forbes. Celia is preceded in death by her parents; one son, John Coldren (2012); and one great-grandson, A.J. This is a photo Cella had on her profile page:

And this is what she wrote:

“Worked at Fishers until 1972. Had 4 kids .3 husbands & loss two, and divorced one. Married lst husband in 1961. 4th 1996 We love to camp, have a short haired cat named smoky. Have a 3 bedroom double wide in the country. Love the country. Last job I had before leaving Iowa, was a main frame computer operator in a warehouse, & record keeping business. Loved it but started having problems with arthritis. Ending up on ss disability. Had 4 children all living in Iowa Have a hard time getting around & I am on oxygen at night. Have congestive heart failure. I can't go too far from home. Married to a wonderfull man. He cooks & cleans. On oxygen at night. Have congestive heart failure. I do bead jewelry, embroidery, love to sew. Have done alot in my life. some I regret, some I love to crow about!!! Since being in a whell chair part time, and in bed, I have had alot of time to reflect on my life. Getting older helps. Some little things mean alot. Other things don't mean a thing.My faith means alot to me, and I would love to see my children explore all the possible things , that I couldn't. We have 5 boys 2 girls. We have 17 grandchildren. We have 3 great grandchildren”

Cella’s death makes number 66th on our list. I think that’s enough for a while!! Please keep in touch and take care!  My best regards, Chuckie