Ask Jessie Kimball what she has most enjoyed doing in her life and the Chloride woman may stop to think a moment.
She worked in Girl Scouts for 25 years, painted for 30 years, has written more than 100 poems, is nearing completion in writing a novel, was the winner of the first Mrs.
Nevada contest, and has traveled the world with David Kimball, her husband of 37 years.
"I've got a lot to be thankful for," she said.
"I'm blessed with a wonderful husband and God has been good to us in saving David's life."
David Kimball has battled congestive heart failure the last two years, which has reduced the amount of traveling done by the couple.
But there was plenty of travel prior to the onset of CHF, as it is known in medical circles.
Jessie said they have visited virtually every country except China, Israel and Egypt.
"We were to visit Israel and Egypt twice, but had to cancel," she said.
"The first time it was due to the Achille Lauro incident and the second because of too much fighting among Israelis and Palestinians."
Palestinian terrorists hijacked the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro in the mid-1980s.
They killed an American, who had boarded the ship in a wheelchair, and threw his body overboard during the incident.
Jessie has been writing a historic romance novel off-and-on for the last eight years and is about three-fourths finished.
She has spent 15 years researching her subject matter.
"It's set in the 1890s in New England," she said.
"The heroine must move west due to a stock market crash and the death by suicide of her dad.
She goes to live on an uncle's ranch in the west."
Once the novel is complete, she hopes to find an agent to market her book to a publisher.
Jessie, who was born in Elko, Nev., began writing poetry during childhood.
"Most of my poems are about the outdoors and places we've been," she said.
She said she has won numerous awards for her poetry.
But the one she most cherishes is receiving Golden Poet awards from The World of Poetry in 1987, 1990, 1991 and 1999.
Oil painting was another love for Jessie.
But she stopped painting two years ago when David's health took a turn for the worse and spent additional time caring for him.
"I first began working in pastels and watercolors," she said.
"But I found I could work more with oils.
"Landscapes and seascapes are what I most enjoy painting."
Jessie also took up the piano early in life.
She received instruction in it for eight years from her mother, Winifred Simonsen, who was a pianist.
She spent another three years studying the piano under a piano teacher, Jessie said.
She has the "dubious" distinction of being the first Mrs.
Nevada in 1955.
She used the term dubious because it was so long ago.
was the site for the competition among 10 contestants.
"The competition was mainly about homemaking," Jessie said.
"You had to show you could cook, clean and care for a house.
"But there also was bathing suit and evening gown competition."
Throughout the 1980s, she was a judge for the annual Mrs.
America Pageant, Jessie said.
She got to travel to Hawaii and the Caribbean for the event.
Her 25 years in Girl Scouts includes 10 years with Troop 306 in Las Vegas, two years as president of the Frontier Girl Scout Council of Las Vegas, and six years as field vice-president of that organization, she said.
"We had about 35 girls in our troop," Jessie said.
"They raised money from wrapping Christmas presents each year and went camping at national parks like Yellowstone, Yosemite and Glacier."
David was involved in Girls Scouts for about 15 years.
He and Jessie were honored in 1973 with Volunteer Thanks badges presented to them by then Vice President Gerald R.
David said he owned a trucking company for 15 years that had offices in California and New England.
He also was a bus driver for 26 years.
"David used to deliver papers here (in Chloride) when he was driving a bus years ago," Jessie said.
"He liked this area, so we moved here four years ago."
Jessie also is a lay Eucharist minister in Trinity Episcopal Church in Kingman.
Her responsibilities in that capacity are to take the elements of communion to people who are ill and to be a chalice bearer during services.
Neighbors is a feature that appears Monday in the Kingman Daily Miner.
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