Kimberly Anne (Murphy) Bohmann

On October 16th 1959, the world was made a brighter, better place with the birth of Kimberly Anne Bohmann (Murphy). That is the way the world will stay even after her passing on June 3rd, 2022.
Kim was born and raised in Lawrence KS with her mother, father, and sister where she attended local grade schools and, eventually, Lawrence High. Throughout her young life, Kim made numerous friends and bonds that would last her whole life. She began her adult life working as a hair stylist at Reflections Hair Salon where she continued to ingratiate herself into the lives of other Lawrencians.
After her children were born, she started working at the University of Kansas at the Watkins Health Clinic and eventually the Department of Theatre and Dance. There, she met hundreds of students and staffers with whom she made lasting impacts on their lives. She welcomed everyone into her life with a warm smile and without judgement. She never knew a stranger, and would welcome anyone to her home for thanksgiving dinner or for a wednesday night margarita.
The most shining tribute to Kims’ legacy are her children. A single mother for the majority of their lives, Kim instilled the virtue of giving, affection, and “love of life”. She unquestionably accepted the boys’ friends into her home almost daily. She gave her kids and their friends her time, her love, and all of the food in her pantry. She made everyday an adventure from camping in the backyard to letting the kids cook (even when they chose a whole fish with the eyes still on it!). Until her dying day her children knew that Kim loved them without conditions, or expectations. In turn, they have become the mirror of her character with unfailing kindness, and being the uncommon friend that Kim always was. They will carry on her memory with every bloody mary bar and “Hot Wings” barbeque.
Kim fought a brave battle with terminal breast cancer but still lived her life the way any one should be inspired to do.  She won her war and will live on in the lives of us who she made a lasting impact.
She is survived by her two sons Brett Bohmann and Blake (Katie) Bohmann, grandsons James and Henry Bohmann, mother Barbara Murphy (Wrench), sister Lisa (Jeff) Showalter (Murphy), and niece Sarah Showalter. She is preceded in death by her father Dallas Murphy.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Clinton Lake Overlook Park Shelter #1 on Friday June 10th from 3-7pm. The party is considered an open house and all are welcome to attend at their leisure. Lets celebrate Kim the way she lived her life with food, beer, and great music. North 1402 Road, Lawrence KS 66047.
In lieu of flowers, Kim wished for any donations in her name to be sent to the Innocence Project. https://innocenceproject.org/

Messages & Condolences

From Jill Stoneback(Whitaker)...

I’ve known Kim & her family since childhood. Many memories of going to her house after grade school & listening to music in her room. A very caring & dear friend who will be missed but never forgotten.

From michele simpson...

I met Kim at SJHS and we always had a good time. I will always remember those times. My sympathies to her family.

From Sheryl Henry...

I remember all the energy and spunk that Kim had. I am sorry for this big loss and send our love and sympathies to you all.

From Larry and Sheryl Saathoff...

We are so saddened to hear this news. Kim was a bright shining light in so many lives. May the love and memories comfort you all at this difficult time.

From Diana L. Huseby/Tindall...

My Dear friend Kim you have always been a special friend in my life. We’ve been friends since junior high school I love to come in to reflections with all you girls and you cut my hair and we’d hear all the fun gossip the beauty parlor. It was one of the funnest places my mom liked to go too. You was always a lot of fun and Junior high and high school sweetest girl I know God bless you and your children and your family. It won’t be the same without you this year at our reunion I was so blessed you came to the last one. Afterwards we really had a good time partying and enjoying life you are a bright beautiful woman caring to everyone Love you Kim miss you dearly until we meet on the other side.

From Kim L. Murphree...

This world, our community, has truly lost a bright loving light with Kim’s passing. So many stories, including mixed up grade cards at Broken Arrow Elementary, to the days of KU Theater, memories of Kim are full of smiles, grace, laughter, and her ever present positive encouragement and support of others. To her family, thank you for sharing her with the rest of us! She will be so missed by so many! I pray for you, and hope that you will find comfort in the knowledge that this passing is only a temporary separation. I hope that you will always remember her smile and her joie de vivre—she loves you still. To all of us who were lucky to call ourselves friends, close and away, let’s honor her memory by sharing joy and light with others as she always did. Godspeed, Kim. We love you.

From Martha Miller...

My dear friends,
I’m so very sorry to learn about Kim. I’ve thought of you all this past week, I had you in my prayers and heart but I didn’t realize that the need was for Kim. Lisa, I’ll fondly remember the times Kim would come into Brand X, and our fun at Carlos O’Kelly’s. As we left (with a margarita to make us happier), Kim tripped over the free-standing curb and hurt her knees-the next day she was to go skiing with her beau. I think we were more worried than she was! Kim: a great daughter, sister, mother, aunt, and friend. Free from pain, she’s in Heaven with God, your grandma, and Dallas. My prayers for your hearts to heal will begin. Thank you for sharing the joy of Kim in my life. <3 Martha

From John and Joyce Dillon...

Our deepest sympathy to you Barb and your families. Our boys thought the world of Kim. David would always tease her when she would come see Dallas at the Sheriffs offfice. The Murphy’s were a big part of David’s live. Our sympathy to all.

From Mary Johanning...

My sincere sympathy goes to you all. Kim was such a wonderful inspiration to us all. May your memories give you strength during this time. Prayers to the family

From Jeanne Klein...

Kim always brightened the UT office with her cheerful, welcoming smile and winning ways. Always a pleasure to gab with her on the front porch and hear her insightful viewpoints. She will be missed but not forgotten by staff, faculty, and hundreds of students.

From Michelle H Hayes...

Kim, you welcomed me into the family of Theatre & Dance with generosity and laughter. Bright spirits never fade. I am so grateful to you, and send comfort and peace to your family. Love lasts forever…..

From Nicole Hodges Persley...

You were one of a kind Kim. May God bless your family and may you Rest In Peace. You touched us all in so many beautiful ways. Thank you for your generous heart and gracious spirit.

From Lois Mersmann...

Mrs. Murphy,

I am so sorry for the loss of your daughter, Kim. Keep all of the precious memories of her close to your heart. You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you and grant you peace.

From Carol Langston...

I will miss her terribly. She was such a bright light. I grew up with her. I will miss her smile,laugh and caring personality.

From Ally...

My deepest sympathy to Kim’s whole family. She was an absolutely wonderful human. May her memory forever be a blessing.

From John Pohlman...

I confided to her, at the last high school reunion, that she was my first kiss. It was in the rafters of Allen Field house at the ‘71 Elton John concert. I’m saddened we weren’t able to talk again. She was such a nice person.

From Lisa Baxter...

Heaven got an Angel! Rest in Peace Kim! You’re free of pain! Damn Cancer!

From Carol Kappelman...

Barbara and Lisa I am so saddened to learn of Kim’s passing. Kim always had a huge smile and a kind word. My deepest condolences for you and her family.

From Carol Supancic...

I’ve known Kim and her family since Junior High. We had so much fun and so many great memories. Prayers and Condolences for the family.

From Kristi Sebastian...

My Kim mom was the best

Love and hugs to everyone

From Cris Chaffin...

What a beautiful obituary! Franci and I knew Kim, her sister and mother. My heart goes out to you all. Breast cancer sucks!

From Elizabeth (Elliott) Shackelford...

I was blessed to work with Kim during my time at KU in the Dept of Theatre in the office. Like her obituary states, she made a lasting impact on everyone she met! I loved her humor, sense of spirit and immense kindness. I loved working with her daily and she was such a bright light! Sending my deepest condolences to the family. She will be greatly missed.

From Kim (Crissler) Royle...

Kim took over cutting my brother’s hair when I left Lawrence for New Mexico. I knew he was in good hands. One of the sweetest ladies, I will miss her. My condolences to the family.

From Janet Cotton Bauman...

Sincere sympathy to Kim’s family.
I will always cherish the times we had together as children; the few times as adults.

From Don Cook...

I first admired Kim for her insightful parenting and most recently for her bold bravery facing cancer. Bless all whom she loved and peace for Kim.

From Stefanie Woolverton...

I was blessed and am beyond grateful to have known and loved Kim. We met at South JR. High when I was new to Lawrence. She welcomed me without question and we remained friends for life. She was one of the kindest, sweetest human beings I’ve ever known. Always positive and uplifting. And her laughter was amazing. Sending her family and all those who knew and loved her my condolences, prayers and hugs. She will be forever remembered.

From Patty Wiggins...

Sincerest sympathies go out to her family that will miss her dearly. My condolences go out to all of her friends, which are numerous, who will miss her lively spirit, her generosity, and her loving spirit that we all were able to enjoy. The world has lost a most beautiful soul. May family and friends find comfort in each other in these next weeks, months, and years. She will always be in our hearts and souls.

From Cindy McNicoll...

I’m at a loss for the words.
I will always have memories of fun times…
LHS days , Our reunions, life in Lawrence…
all the fun we had.
Plus
Your beautiful smile.
You will be missed..

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