Juneau and Petersburg resident Kim Marie Paris-Hegar died Jan. 11, 2009, in Zihuatanejo, Mexico. She was 37.
Born Aug. 30, 1971, in Oregon City, Ore., to Jerry and Laura Hegar, she grew up and attended grade school in Willamette, Ore. She moved to Petersburg to join her dad and his wife, Ellie, and brothers in the summer of 1983.
She made many lifelong friends in high school and helped open and work for Pellerito's Pizzeria. She graduated from Petersburg High School in 1989.
Shortly after high school, she moved to Riverside, Calif. She returned to Petersburg in 1991 and moved to Juneau in 1993. She lived in Juneau on and off, spending summers in Petersburg for the next few years. In 1994, she spent a winter working at a ski resort in Winter Park, Colo. In 1996, she attended cosmetology school in Juneau.
In Juneau, she had many good friends, a local friend said. She waitressed at the Alaskan Hotel & Bar, Heritage Coffee, El Sombrero and the Hangar on the Wharf, and she managed the Alaskan & Proud coffee bar.
While on a trip to Haines, she met her husband, Adam Paris. They were married on July 22, 2000, in Portland, Ore. Adam's job kept them traveling around Alaska. They lived in Haines and Anchorage, and she spent a summer flagging on the Dalton Highway.
In 2008, she met Bill Shadley. They had recently moved in together and were looking forward to continuing their lives together.
She loved the sun. In January 2009, she, Bill and friends traveled to Zihuatanejo, Mexico, where she tragically passed away.
"When Kim walked into a room, it was amazing how the whole room responded to her gorgeous smile and the sparkle in her eye," her friends said. "Kim brought so much joy to those she loved."
"Kim loved life," they added. "She loved her friends, her family and Boo Boo kitty. She loved flowers, candles, giving balloons and stars. It is a sad day that we have to say good-bye. We miss you, Kim. You will always have a special place in our hearts."
She is survived by her partner, Bill Shadley; parents, Jerry and Ellie Hegar; mother, Laura Finney; brothers, Sean Hegar and wife, Annette, and their daughters, Annie, Kelly Hegar and daughter, Kelsie, Curt Wallin and children, Kyle and Krystin and James Hegar; grandfather, Jennings Dyrdahl; grandmother, Winnie Edmonds; uncles, Phil Edmonds and wife, Cathy, Tom Hegar and wife, Sharon, and Steve Hegar and wife, Joy; and numerous cousins.
Memorial services will be held in Juneau at 2 p.m. today at the Hangar Ballroom, and in Petersburg at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at The Moose Lodge.