1/6/1968 – 5/25/2021
Kimberly A. VanMeter-Steel, 53, passed away, on May 25, after a hard fight with cancer. She passed in her home with her mother and sister by her side.
Kim was born Jan. 6, 1968, in La Mesa City, San Diego County, California, the daughter of William Edward VanMeter and Mary Ann Ertl-Doop.
Kim attended Carpinteria High School, where she finished with the Class of 1986. Kim was a hard worker and a go-getter in all that she did throughout her life. She worked as a waitress at a few different places but for the past 20 years you would find her serving at IHOP on Upper State Street in the mornings and then at Harry’s in the evening. Her regular customers became the highlights of her workdays, especially on the holidays that she spent serving them.
Kim’s love for others showed through her interactions both inside and out of the workplace. In a later chapter in her life, she met her husband Richard Steel. He was her traveling partner, from cruises on boats to cruising the Pacific Highway with the Santa Barbara Corvette Club.
After Richard’s passing, Kim continued to travel with friends and family, keeping his memory alive and seeing the world one trip at a time. She delighted in trying the amazing cuisine along the way.
Kim’s smile could light up any room. Her friends quickly became family and family was her first priority. She was a woman who loved everyone for who they were and never feared what others would think. Kim is, and will forever be, the life of the party and the best at picking out the best songs for the occasion. Cheers to her!
In addition to her husband, Kim was predeceased by her father, grandparents, uncles and her niece. In addition to her mother, Mary Ann Ertl-Doop, Kim is survived by her stepfather, Tracy Doop; her sisters, Christiaan VanMeter-Bailey and Kate Wilson-Doop; her brother, Travis Doop; niece, Challis Charles; and her son, Nixon Charles; along with many aunts, uncles and friends.
The family will hold a celebration of life for Kimberly on Aug. 17. Please contact Mary Ann Doop at (805) 886-5453 for details.