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Kimberly Denise (Kiner) Kiner

March 25, 1980 ~ September 13, 2017 (age 37)

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September 22, 2017

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Coleman & Hicks Funeral Home and Crematory
101 S. Karwick Rd. / P.O. Box 171
Michigan City, IN 46360

September 23, 2017

Time: TBD
The Uptown Center
907 Franklin Street
Michigan City, IN 46360

Funeral Service
September 23, 2017

11:00 AM
Life Temple Church of God in Christ
3709 US HWY 20
Michigan City, IN 46360

Interment following funeral service
September 23, 2017

Swan Lake Memorial Gardens
5700 E US Hwy 20
Michigan City, IN 46360

Attorney Kimberly Denise Kiner, J.D., 37, affectionately known as “Kim”, of Michigan City, Indiana accepted her wings on Wednesday, September 13, 2017.


Attorney Kim was born March 25, 1980 in Jackson, Mississippi.


She was a graduate of the Michigan City High School Class of 1998. Kim was inspired to practice law by the late Susan Hemminger, the first female judge in LaPorte County and founder of the LaPorte County Teen Court Program. Despite being told by Kim’s high school counselor that she would never be a lawyer, Kim earned school credits working for local attorneys as a high school senior. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, with a Concentration in Criminology, from Valparaiso University in 2002. She earned her Juris Doctor from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2010. On October 29, 2013 Kim was the first African American Woman to serve as a judge pro tempore in LaPorte Superior Court 4. She had a passion to practice Law.


 Kim attended Christ Universal Temple Church in Chicago, Illinois. She enjoyed reading and mentoring because education was important to her. In elementary school, she received the President’s Award. Kim also played volleyball and track in school. She was self-empowered and greatly involved in community outreach. Kim loved travelling. At the age of 12, she had the opportunity to be an exchange student and travelled to Mexico. She also studied in Japan and London, England. In 2000 Kim travelled to China. She loved her family and friends, especially her nieces and nephews.


She leaves to cherish her fond memories, her parents, Lois Jean and Eugene C. Dawson Sr., Michigan City, Indiana; two brothers, Eugene C. Dawson, Jr., and Charlie Lewis both of  Michigan City, Indiana; five sisters, Atlanta E. Williams, Middleton, Maryland, Racquel (Walter III) Gordon, Austel, Georgia, Brandice (Von) McNeal, Florence (Christopher) Herron and Teveyea Mitchell all of Indianapolis, Indiana; nieces and nephews, A’bril C. Kennedy, Destinee Young, Trenton A. D. Williams, Cadence N. Dawson, Zy’Ir Dawson, India K. Dawson; goddaughter, Jewel Asiso; grandparents, Florece (Robert) Henderson, Michigan City, Indiana; special aunts, Bobbie Gerron, Marie Bureau and Gladys Kiner; special cousins, Rae-Londa Woodard, Keesha Allen, LaTasha Hodges and Shannon Hodges; special friends, Carrie Griffin, Danielle Corley, Marie Taylor and Erica Miller; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, attorneys and colleagues.


She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Frances Kiner and William Greenwood; paternal grandparents, Thelma Dorsey and Will Brown.

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