Kraft Funeral Service

708 East Spring Street, New Albany, IN


Mary Elizabeth (Edwards) Garvin Mimms

May 20, 1932January 11, 2020

Mary Elizabeth (Edwards) Garvin Mimms, departed this life on January 11, 2020 at Autumn Woods Health Campus at the age of 87. She was born May 20, 1932 in New Albany, Indiana to the late Thomas and Rosie Edwards. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers; six sisters; and her devoted and loving husbands, Marvin Garvin and Rev. Stephen A. Mimms.

Survivors include nieces and nephews, Carolyn Sanders, Charlotte Rainey, Charles, Roger, Lawrence, James, Lindsey, and Joe Brown, Tyrone and Duane Campbell, and Harold Krank; step-granddaughters, Dina Flemister and Erica Waller; and numerous extended family members and friends.

She professed a hope in Jesus Christ in 1944 at Joshua Tabernacle Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. Mary worked at the old General Hospital in Louisville and Council for Older Americans Center and Transportation (LifeSpan) where she drove the van until she became ill. Mary worked as a volunteer at Green Valley Care Center, RSVP Food Pantry, and was a member of Second Baptist Church. Mary loved music and singing.

Mary was thankful to the staff at Autumn Woods Health Campus for their kindness and support. Mary never would say goodbye, she always would say “so long”. This time, she said to tell everyone goodbye, thanks, and that she loved you all.

Visitation will be from 5 pm ~ 8 pm Monday at Kraft Funeral Service, 708 East Spring Street, New Albany. Her Funeral Service will be at 11 am Tuesday in the Kraft Spring Street Chapel with burial to follow in New Albany National Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy are suggested to Second Baptist Church, 300 East Main Street, New Albany, Indiana 47150.

Online condolences may be made to www.kraftfuneralservice.net.


  • Second Street Baptist Church


  • Visitation Monday, January 20, 2020
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, January 21, 2020


Mary Elizabeth (Edwards) Garvin Mimms

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Paige Whitley

January 20, 2020

I had the privilege to meet Mary Mimms in August 2019 to speak with her about her grandfather Frank Dawson's journey from enslavement in Maryland and Kentucky to freedom - eventually settling in New Albany, Indiana. As a local historian in Maryland I had come across mention of Frank Dawson, and through Pam Peters met Mary. Mary was amazing. Gracious, kind and oh! what a font of knowledge and family history stored up in her brain. She could instantaneously recall obscure facts and family events. And she was warm and kind to share some of these with a stranger. May her memory be a blessing and her family's history live on.

Jerolene Curry

January 19, 2020

Praise God, i am soo glad God allowed my husband and i to get to know this beautiful and humble woman of God.we loved her and we will miss her. 💖


January 16, 2020

Enjoyed getting to know Mary when she was living at Mark Elrod, always pleasant, always a kind and thoughtful person. Never ever a bad word about anyone. She was truly missed when she moved into Autumn Woods, though we missed her, we knew that was her choice and many of us still got to see her and enjoy her company at the monthly breakfasts. Soar high Mary, you have gained your wings.