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Kymber Johnson

February 17, 2010 ~ December 6, 2021 (age 11)

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Kymber Rhea Johnson was born on February 17, 2010 in Whitefish, Montana to her parents
James and Ashley Johnson. The second of three amazing girls that they would bring into this
world. Kymber brought spice to their life with her witty banter, infectious smile, kind heart and all
around undeniable presence to the people she loved. On December 06, 2021, Kymber, safely
wrapped in her mothers arms and surrounded by her family in the comfort of her home, went to
be with the Lord and ended her 2 year fight with cancer. Never letting it get the best of her
always positive attitude and never faltering in her faith and love of living the best life she could.
Kymber will be welcomed with open arms and love by her Great Grandmother, Connie Rhea
Birky and her Great Grandfather, Bill Gress. She is survived by a multitude of family that include
her parents and two beautiful sisters, Kaydence and Kaycee, her aunt and uncle, Ely and
Brittany Yerian and their children Korah and Ethan, who were truly more like a brother and sister
to Kymber than just cousins. Korah and Kymber share very close birthdays and always
combined their parties to celebrate. She also has her aunt and uncle, Steven and Keely Goe
and their two daughters, as well as aunt and uncle, Cameron and Megan Johnson and their two
children and uncle Cody Birky. As well as numerous grandparents, which include Hal and Dawn
Birky, Jeff and Kathy Johnson, Jacque Gress and also Great Grandparents Dale and Betty
Birky, LaVerne and Bob Johnson and Mike and Jeri Hickey. Her family was immense and strong
just like Kymber, which is why it also stretched far beyond that of just immediate family and
brought her to have an army of loved ones that included a fortress of friends who became
family. Kymber attended Kings Kids Preschool for her early years and then moved on to Glacier
Gateway Elementary, just as her older sister did and right alongside her cousin Korah. Although
she didn’t get to enjoy the many adventures that Columbia Falls Junior High would have
brought, she did frequently visit in hopes of joining her classmates and she was well known by
all. Kymber’s true love for life and adventure was what most if not all people will remember and
talk about. Her love of all things motorized: razoring, boating, dirt bikes, you name it and she
would want to be on it. She also enjoyed camping, which really was her family's second home in
the summer. Being with family and always being able to laugh and make people laugh was her
specialty. If Kymber was in the room, there was a certain light heartedness that poured out onto
everyone; it was infectious and amazing to say the least and if for some reason you didn’t seem
to be having a good time or needed a laugh Kymber would always remind people to “stop being
a dingleberry”. To put it best, Kymber was a force to be reckoned with. So when she was
diagnosed 2 years ago with a rare and aggressive bone cancer, she came in full force with her
positivity and was up for the fight. Battling not only the amputation of her leg but also making the
profoundly hard decision on what kind of amputation to get. In true Kymber form she chose the
more radical approach so that she could still do sports, run, play and be as energetic as she
once was. Never taking the easier road was her style. Although Kymber did not beat her cancer,
I think we can all say that without a doubt, she gave it the fight of its life and that in the end she
was indeed the force to be reckoned with. Kymbers family would like to thank all of the family,
friends, strangers, community and anyone in between for all of their love and support, from
donations, to prayers and all of the positive thoughts and sentiments. It gave more strength to
them than they can convey and truly is inspiring to know so many people cared.The family
knows that many will want to celebrate Kymber and be in attendance at her funeral, with that in
mind they will be waiting until after the holidays to do a Celebration of Life, as right now they
would like to focus on being with family and getting through the holiday season

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