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Kim Williams, Naturalist on NPR, Says She’s Dying

July 15, 1986 GMT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) _ Kim Williams, a naturalist and writer whose folksy commentary has been featured on National Public Radio, said she is dying of cancer.

Williams, 62, said in an interview with the Missoulian that she has refused chemotherapy and is prepared for death.

″It is no great deal,″ she said from her Missoula home, where she has been bedridden for the past week. ″I don’t know why everyone wants you to create this huge battlefield. I don’t want my body to be a battlefield.″

Williams has been a guest commentator on NPR’s popular ″All Things Considered,″ and appeared twice this year on ″Late Night with David Letterman.″

She says she plans to donate her papers and unfinished manuscripts to donate to the University of Montana.

″I am ready to go,″ she says. ″I’ve had a good life; I’ve done what I set out to do, and now it is time to move on.″

Williams has written four books, with subjects ranging from edible plants to her latest, ″Kim Williams’ Book of Uncommon Sense,″ in which she offers a ″practical guide ... for nearly everything.″

In May, she was diagnosed to have ovarian cancer. She went to Seattle for an operation last month, but the doctors could not remove all of the diseased tissue.

″I should never have gone to the hospital,″ she said. ″If our country had a policy ... where you have a choice when you want to die, then I would not have gone. It was painful; it was useless.

″I look at all the money they’ve spent on my cancer, and I am right back to where I was at the beginning. I am simply going to stay here and pass on; I am willing myself into another realm.″

Williams, who devoted a chapter of her latest book to dying, says she is keeping a diary of her experiences as a cancer patient.

On Saturday, she said she may not have the strength to continue writing. ″This might be where it stops - 28 pages,″ she said.