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Woman of Wilson : Kim Edwards

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Kim Edwards relocated from her Knoxville home to the Nashville for work after graduation from the University of Tennessee. As it turns out, moving was good for her love life too.

Kim met her husband, Ray Edwards, at her apartment pool in Brentwood. She thought he was cute and didn't want to take off her sunglasses in front of him. "I didn't have my makeup on," she joked.

After two months of dating, the pair began to talk about getting married and almost a year later in July of 1987 made it official. "People say you'll know when you meet the right one, and it is true," Kim said.

Kim became stepmom to Ray's two children, Wesley and Katie. Together they have a son, Adam.

They bought their first home in Franklin and also lived in Tullahoma before Ray's job as a partner at Powell and Meadow Insurance brought them to Lebanon in 1999.

Kim is the Executive Director of The Waterford, an assisted living facility in Smyrna.

"Our residents and their families appreciate that they aren't home alone - bored and lonely. Here they get three good meals a day and have people in their age group to socialize with," she said, adding that they are in the process of building another location in Hermitage.

In her spare time she enjoys shopping, making jewelry and painting at The Art Mill. She and Ray recently returned from a trip to South Africa, where they went on a safari and visited Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Women she admires are Oprah and her grandmother, Velma Allison. "My grandmother ran a restaurant and had an incredible work ethic. She was just a great person."

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