Portland, ME — Kimberly A Dervis, mother, student and longtime Peaks Island resident, passed away May 30st, 2013 of leukemia at Maine Medical Center in Portland Maine. She was 35.
The daughter of Jennifer J. Dervis of Old Orchard Beach and Paul Dervis of Ottawa Canada.
She is survived by her two adorable children, Dianne, 13, and Tyler, 5. In addition, Kimberly is missed deeply by fiancé Michael Douglas, sister, Esme, grandfather Donald Dervis of Brookline, Ma, uncles Peter Dervis of Boston, Scott Herman and Brian Minnihan of California, auntie and beloved God Mother Anne Stamas, auntie Prudence Minnihan of California, and cousins Angela and Brydon Stanley, South Portland, Bergen Minnihan, NYC, and Alexandra Ilstad-Minnihan, California.
Born and raised in Boston, Kimberly attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School and remained in Boston to earn her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Suffolk University in 2004. A young activist, Kim was the youngest volunteer ever to work on the Boston Area Rape Crisis hotling. While at Suffolk University she interned at Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus. Opportunities to sit in meetings with politicians, and help organize fundraisers propelled Kim’s enthusiasm for the nonprofit sector. Since then, she was a devoted volunteer and enrolled in the Certificate of Graduate Study in Nonprofit Management Program at the University of Southern Maine. As Volunteer Coordinator on “Maine Won’t Discriminate” she witnessed the intensity and chaos of a campaign and the need for quick interaction and utilization of volunteers with different backgrounds.
After graduating from Suffolk University Kim moved to Peaks Island, Maine where she and her children lived until the summer of 2011 when Kim was diagnosed with leukemia. Kim and her family moved to Old Orchard in September of 2011 where she underwent treatment with Dr. Marjorie Boyd at Maine Medical Center. Kim trusted and loved Dr. Boyd and according to the doctor the feeling was mutual. Kim worked hard to fight the disease, never complaining only pushing to be there for those who loved her. At Thanksgiving, although sick from treatments, Kim put on her high heels (she was an avid lover of shoes) and attended the family meal in Kennebunkport. Kim was visited by most of her loved ones and friends during the last two years, many within days of Kim’s passing. Kimberly will be truly missed by all.
Kim was and is an inspiration; a celebration of her life will be held Friday from 11am to 2pm on Peaks Island at the Inn at Peaks Island.
Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral Services, 981 Forest Ave, Portland. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Kimberly’s guestbook.
Kim’s family asked that donations be made to:
The American Cancer Society
1 Bowdoin Mill Island
Topsham, ME 04086