The Commercial-News, Danville, IL


July 30, 2013

Audrey Gail Kimball

Audrey Gail Kimball, 83, of Danville, passed away on July 27, 2013, at Presence Covenant Hospital in Urbana.

She was born on July 14, 1930, in Danville to William “Bert” and Effie (Johnson) Shannon in their home at Jenkins Ford.

She first married Frank Miethe, with whom she had two sons. Then she later married the love of her life, Jack Kimball, on Jan. 27, 1982. He survives.

Surviving her are her husband; four sons, Steve (Vicki) Miethe, Mike (Carla) Miethe, Jack Kimball Jr. and John Paul (Jamee) Kimball; one daughter, Mary Ann (Wayne) Martin; 13 grandchildren, Darby and Josh Miethe, Emily Makemson, Eric Sherer, Amy Escue, Kristi George, Nick and Andrew Miethe, Sheila Keller, Jill Kaluza, Ashley Kimball, Lacey and Harley Hamke; 15 great-grandchildren, Mackenzie, Karsin and River Miethe, Tenley Makemson, Kylie and Evan Sherer, Leighton Miethe, Parker Escue, Caden and Cooper George, Connor and Audrey Kaluza, Andrea, Harden and Owen Kimball.

Gail was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Charles, William and Cecil Shannon; and two sons, Mark and Glen Kimball.

She graduated from Westville High School. She worked at Henry Bireline Company for over 40 years before retiring in 1993. She was a past president of the Women in Construction and was W.I.C. of the year in 1995-1996. Gail enjoyed mostly having family gatherings at her home (Old Bristol Ridge), spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and attending school functions and sporting events for her family. She will be greatly missed by all.

A celebration of Gail’s life will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, A Life Celebration Home, in Danville, with Matt Harmless officiating. A visitation will be 1-3 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Sunset Memorial Park.

Memorials can be made in Gail’s name to Morey Chapel Church, 19194 E. 1100 North Road, Danville, IL 61834.

Please join Gail’s family in sharing photos, videos and memories of her through her Tribute Wall at




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