Rosemarie Sue Mims

August 20, 1939July 27, 2018
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Rosemarie “Sue” Mims, 78, of San Angelo, Texas died in her home July 27, 2018. Her many friends and family are invited to a Celebration of Life service on her birthday at 11 a.m. Monday, August 20th – her birthday. Address: Johnson’s Funeral Home, 435 West Beauregard Avenue, San Angelo.

Born in San Angelo’s St. John’s Hospital to Elton Teal and Marie Gerber Mims, Sue grew up on the family ranch she loved in Coke County, northwest Water Valley, Texas. She hugged and fed the “critters” on the ranch - from her beloved dogie lamb Nibby Tag to pet rabbits, numerous goats, and Skeeter, the dachshund dog named after her Uncle George. Sue could ride a horse as well as any cowboy and always helped round up the sheep and cattle. At sheep shearing time, it was her job to paint brands on the newly shorn sheep. Of course, Sue always took time to play with her brother and cousins on the woolsacks stuffed full of fresh fleeces.

Sue attended school in Water Valley where she was involved in most of the extracurricular activities and valedictorian of her class. After graduating from Water Valley High School, she attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas and graduated with a degree in Education. While pursuing her Masters degree at Ohio State University, Sue served as the “Buckeye” young women’s Student Dormitory Counselor. Sue then went on to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor as Director of Information Technology when the Internet was in its infancy. Thanks to her mathematical and self-taught computer programming skills, she put the entire University of Michigan system on-line. Sue left the University of Michigan for a position with the Herman Miller, the internationally known maker of the famous Eames Lounge Chair and designer office furniture. After her career with Herman Miller, Inc. in Zeeland, Michigan, Sue returned to San Angelo.

Retirement from one career led to another one that she enjoyed even more. Sue took an active role in the workings of the ranch where she grew up. With the help of cousins, Wade and Craig Demere, new fences replaced to old ones, new tanks and water troughs were built, and much needed brush control work was done. Like her Grandfather, J.R Mims and her Dad, Elton, Sue was adamant about preserving the land for future generations and immediately involved her brother and nephews in the operation of their historical Shelving Rock Ranch.

When Sue came back to San Angelo, she renewed her membership in the Water Valley Methodist Church, the church in which she grew up and attended with her brother, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Sue was a faithful member, served on the church board as well as being the District Lay person for the church at the annual Methodist Conferences. When the Water Valley Methodist Church closed, she was instrumental in turning the church into the Water Valley Community Center, which offers significant services to the area. Sue also became a dedicated supporter of The West Texas Organizing Strategy, a driving force behind major neighborhood revitalization.

Sue supported the teachers and students at Water Valley with her time, talents, and money. One of her favorite things to do was to watch her cousins Brock and Seth Demere play ball and star in the School plays and she was so excited to be in Austin when her beloved “Wildcats” won the state basketball tournament.

Sue is survived by her brother Robert E. Mims and his wife Joyce, nephews, Michael Robert Mims and John William Mims, Grandniece Madeline Holiday Mims, Grandnephew Alexander Becket Mims, First Cousins Kathi Coulter Johnson, William D. Sprague, Jr. and his wife Marilyn, Madelon Sprague, and Marianne Sprague Paul, plus many, many close cousins and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Luke Methodist Church in San Angelo, Water Valley Community Center, Water Valley Exes Association, Heifer International, or the charity of choice.


No services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.

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Craig and Sally Meyers

August 17, 2018

We shared some wonderful days with Sue when she took us to the ranch. She loved the land and the animals. We are blessed have these memories. Sue was the person we invited to dinner with a visiting children's author who wrote the book "Old Turtle". Her presence, her knowledge of Texas, and her passion for books was something we wanted to share with a visitor from Wisconsin. Rest in peace, Dear Lady!!!

Ken Stewart

August 6, 2018

I'll never forget Sue Mims for her insistent and persevering way of standing firmly for lifting the members of the community who have the least. We have lost a person who knew how to lead us to our better angels.

Beth Martin Flynn

August 4, 2018

I will always remember our last meeting a couple of years ago at the Water Valley homecoming. You were as beautiful and gracious as ever. I totally enjoyed sitting and remembering our past together.
Water Valley has lost another great leader.

Mel Sanchez

August 3, 2018

You sure will be missed by me ! As I was truelyblessed to have meet you! Thank for being so wonderful to me and giving me work!I sure am going to miss coming over to visit and helping out! May you rest in piece my dear friend! Love you always!
Mel Sanchez

Carren Treadaway

August 2, 2018

I am a teacher at Water Valley Elementary. Every year I was blessed with the generosity and love shown by Ms. Mims. She had a huge heart and loved the school. What a sweet and thoughtful woman.
Thank you for thinking of others always.

James Lewis

August 2, 2018

We are so sad to hear of your passing as it has been such a blessing for us to know you. We will miss seeing you in church on our visits back to San Angelo. Rest in peace with the love of so many!

Len Ainsworth

August 2, 2018

Always appreciated Sue for her breadth and depth of interests.

James Ditmore

August 2, 2018

Although you are with us in Spirit, We will sorely miss you my Friend! Rest in Peace as I know your Soul is enjoying the Bliss of Heaven! You have been an inspiration to everyone that knew you and you helped more than you knew!!! Everyone that knew you Loved and will Miss YOU!
Sue helped Water Valley ISD more than anyone knew! Her Love of Nature and Education was a Passion of hers and I for one, will Miss her Dearly!

Chris Voss

August 2, 2018

Dear friend,
I will always cherish our conversations about art and am thankful to have had the chance to know you. Your love and dedication to the students that made art at Water Valley Artist Society will ring in eternity. So thankful for all of your wisdom and the ways that you encouraged me as an art instructor. You will not be forgotten by me.

Chris Voss
Art Instructor, Adjunct Professor
Water Valley ISD, Angelo State University

Betty Dunavant

August 2, 2018

Saddened to learn of your passing. Your amazing spirit and many kindnesses not just to Don and I, but to so many who crossed your path will be remembered. You never stopped working for social justice and helping those less fortunate. You loved God and supported your church faithfully. You loved your family and friends and the land you grew up on with an amazing devotion. Rest now good and faithful servant of God.