Obituary for Kimberly Tilock

Kimberly Tilock, age 53 of Nairobi, Kenya, formerly of Northfield, passed away Monday morning, January 27, 2020, at Methodist Hospital in Rochester following a heroic battle with lung cancer. Kimberly Ann Tilock was born May 17, 1966, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to James and Christine (Ellison) Tilock. At the age of five she moved with her family to Northfield. Kim graduated from Northfield High School in 1984 and attended the University of Minnesota and the University of Essex (England) receiving her BS in Economics in 1988. She went on to graduate school at the University of California – San Diego, receiving […]

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Kimberly Tilock, age 53 of Nairobi, Kenya, formerly of Northfield, passed away Monday morning, January 27, 2020, at Methodist Hospital in Rochester following a heroic battle with lung cancer.

Kimberly Ann Tilock was born May 17, 1966, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to James and Christine (Ellison) Tilock. At the age of five she moved with her family to Northfield. Kim graduated from Northfield High School in 1984 and attended the University of Minnesota and the University of Essex (England) receiving her BS in Economics in 1988. She went on to graduate school at the University of California – San Diego, receiving her MA in International Relations in 1994. Kim married Matthew Lovick on December 30, 2010, in Las Vegas.

Kim worked for Global Communities, a non-profit international development organization for the past 20 years. She designed and managed economic, agricultural, community development, disaster response, and health and nutrition projects in eighteen different countries throughout the Mid-East, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America; her last capacity being the Country Director for Kenya. Kim was a board member of LivelyHoods, an organization devoted to creating jobs for talented youth and women in urban slums. She wanted to make a difference in the world and her actions made better the lives of countless people. She was determined, curious, strong willed, and set the highest of standards for herself. She enjoyed hiking, running, participating in marathons, and was able to make strong friendships with people everywhere. She was an incredibly loving wife and mother and she will be so greatly missed.

Survivors include her husband, Matthew Lovick; her son, Quinn Ellison Lovick; her mother, Chris Ellison of Northfield; her father, James (Judy) Tilock of Minneapolis; her brother, Aaron (Tasha) Tilock of Falls Church, VA; her nephews, Alexander, Gavin and Spencer; her brother-in-law, William Lovick (Ellen McCarthy) of Ann Arbor, MI; her mother-in-law, Elizabeth Callahan of Lake Havasu City, AZ; aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

A celebration of Kimberly’s life will be held at a future date. Memorials preferred to LivelyHoods, https://www.livelyhoods.org/.
LivelyHoods
11766 Wilshire Blvd Suite 900
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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12 Comments

  1. Ibrahim Alkinoon

    Kimberly Tilock is my direct manager for years when we worked together In my country (Iraq). She was the founder and the director of the first micro-finance program in Iraq. No Iraqi at all, who worked with Kimberly at that time can forget her great personality and what she did for Iraqi people either through the services of the program that she led under very critical security situation and in high-risk environment or through the unlimited support, training, lecturing, teaching the employees who worked with her especially the Iraqi ones. She always reminds us that she started the program and we have to lead it in the future to serve our people and our country. On a personal level, she is the best manager ever that I worked with and I can’t forever forget her great role in my life. Rest in peace Kimberly

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  2. Faten Fauzi

    With great sadness and sorrow, I received the news of the death of dear Kimberly Tilock, the former Director of the Global Communities/Iraq Branch. Kimberly ,Thank you for All what you done to our communities, and us as a staff . I had the honor to work under your supervision and learn from your experience and skills. You believed in me and encouraged me to pursue my sucess , You had a great role in building my professional personality and reaching what I have achieved so far. You truly changed many lives for better, you will be missed so much . May your beautiful soul Rest In Peace . you will be always in my prayers and thoughts

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  3. Rick and Nancy Delmonico

    We are so sadden by the news of Kim’s passing, our prayers are with the Tilock and Lovick families. At this time of sorrow, may you draw strength and hope from your memories and from one another.

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  4. Fredrick Juma

    Its with great shock and sadness to learn about Kimberly’s death. She was the husband to my former Boss Mathew Lovick at REGAL-IR in Nairobi,Kenya. I had never met Kimberly in person, but we all pray for her soul to rest in eternal peace. To Mathew Lovick, Quinn Ellison and Tillock family and close friends, we pray for you that God may grace you a peace of mind during this sad moments in your lives. God gives, God takes away when we still love. Matt! and family, be strong and we will keep praying for you all !…Fred Juma (Nrbi, Kenya).

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  5. CAROL R SCHAER

    This is just such such sad news. Kimberly was such a bright light at Global Communities and she will be remembered as a champion of the underserved around the world. My condolences to her entire family. May she rest in peace.

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    • James Akai

      Matt and Quinn have lost an incredibly good friend and woman in their home. The Tilocks have lost a world class daughter. Global Communities has lost one of their strongest human resource. The economic development community from the non profit sector has lost a fine brain! I learnt of Kim’s demise in a very unlikely way. May God grant comfort to Matt, Quinn and the Tilocks.

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  6. Dave and Tracey Eliason

    We express our deepest sympathy to the Tilock family on Kim’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.. May you find joy and peace in reflecting back on her memory .

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  7. Monique Weber

    On behalf of Feminenza I am passing on our sincerest condolences to Kimberly’s husband, son and extended family. We worked together with Kimberly in 2015 and 2016 in her role as Director of Global Communities in Nairobi Kenya. In all our engagements with her we were struck by her engagement, commitment, humanity and real interest in people and her desire to help the most vulnerable of society. May she rest in peace and we wish the family a lot of strength in coming to terms with what can only be a huge loss. The legacy of Kimberly’s work lives on in the many lives she touched. Monique Weber, Chair of Feminenza Kenya

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  8. Carlos Sanchez

    I went to graduate school with Kim at UCSD. I just found out today about her passing while having a virtual reunion with some classmates. I was shocked and saddened to hear the news of her passing.

    I’ll always remember as being witty, funny, smart, and a kind hearted.

    My sympathies and best wishes to her family.

    Rest in peace Kim.

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  9. Grace Nyawade

    My sincerest condolences to Matt Lovick & entire family. Indeed Its a great loss. Kim will be dearly missed by her husband Matt, her son Quinn her family, colleagues and friends. I happened to have met and interacted with her on several occasions courtesy of her husband who happens to be my long time colleague and as well as a good friend . May her beautiful soul rest in peace and may Kim’s fond memories live on forever with her loved ones.

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  10. Hillary Miller-Wise

    We just learned of this now. So tragic. Our son, Boden, was friends with his son in Kenya. If anyone could connect us to Matt so our son could express condolences to Quinn, we would be grateful.

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  11. Seth Armus

    I was close to her throughout, and after, college. A wonderful, tolerant, and deeply sincere person. Very, very unusual, soul. I can’t believe it.

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