Mary “Mimi” Marie (Shearrow) Rice Hopper

April 11, 1939 ‒ May 17, 2020


April 11, 1939-May 17, 2020
If you are about to throw away that beautiful wrapping paper, stop.
Mary Marie Shearrow Rice Hopper (you probably knew her as MiMi ) entered eternal life on May 17, 2020 after a long illness.
During her 81 years of life, Mimi, the original keeper aka recycler, or currently “repurposer,” taught us some valuable lessons .
  1. Don’t rip the paper ! Save that beautiful wrapping paper. In fact save the bows, the handwritten cards and their envelopes too. You never know when your kids will live 2000 miles away or fly 39,000 feet above, a hand written “love you Mom” is a nice way to keep them close. And envelopes are excellent for scorecards or groceries lists.
  2. Learn to sew. You can make a matching wardrobe for your daughter from your fabric scraps. Even your jock son can have a matching sky blue blazer for Easter.
  3. Feed the animals. Stray cats show up, make them yours. Your yard will be filled with birds, bunnies and “Buddys.”
  4. Always have a cough drop and a tissue in your pocket. Maybe a graham cracker or two. And a Pepsi for the car ride.
  5. Be an Avon lady. Plenty of gifts for your children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, neighbors and friends . And everyone smells good and has skin so soft.
  6. Play piano. This comes in handy when you learn to play the wash tub bass for your bluegrass band. Music should be played daily, whether it be Tom Jones, Frank Sinatra , Andrea Boccelli , or Jim and Jessie. Oh, and make all your family members play an instrument so they can join the bluegrass band.
  7. Play Cards.
  8. Play Mexican Train Dominoes.
  9. Stay up too late playing both when friends and family visit.
  10. Square Dance. Makes you participate and appreciate colorful outfits. And the sewing comes in handy here too.
  11. Learn to paint. Then pass this skill to your daughter and your grand daughter .
  12. Attend everything. Baseball, football, softball, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball, plays, dance recitals, musicals, art shows, awards ceremonies and Graduations. Do this “multigenerationally.”
  13. Laugh hard. Cry hard. And by the way crying at the drop of a hat proves worthy if your daughter decides to be an actress, she can get jobs doing just that. And people will be impressed.
  14. Be proud of where you are from. (Chillicothe, Ohio.)
  15. Go to church. (Presbyterian forever) and know your plaid and buy every clothing item you can think of to represents your Clan in the Kirkin’ O’ the Tartans.
  16. Have a garden. Pull weeds. Lima beans are a must in your garden.
  17. Drive across country. 10 times. At least.
  18. Be sensitive. Builds character.
  19. Be stubborn. (You can tell a Welsh man but you can’t tell him much)
  20. Visit nursing homes. Take care of the weak.
  21. Enjoy the simple things in life. A good trailer, a good chair, a good cookie or cake. A handmade birdhouse, a smile, a warm pair of gloves, a good magnet for your fridge or to put in your back brace, and “don’t tell me it doesn’t work!”
  22. But most of all love your family with all that you have, from your deepest place. The family you are born into, the family you have raised, and the family that you gather along the way.
Mimi’s spirit and lifelong investment of love and time is carried on by her two highly adored, videoed, and photographed children Thomas Wesley Rice Jr., wife Cassie, children John (Natalie) and Audrey Rice . And Georgeanne Marie Rice McGinley “Gigi”, husband Ted McGinley, children Beau and Quinn, and her beloved husband
James C. Hopper.
Mimi is reunited with her mother and father Doretha (Gordon) and George F. Shearrow. Her brothers George (wife Evelyn), and John Ed Shearrow, and her favorite first nephew, Edward “Eddie “Shearrow (sorry Chip, but you do hold that title currently). Most likely they are all at the “cabin” waiting on George’s hickory smoked ribs, drinking a beer and listening to the player piano .
Mimi is survived by her sister-in-law Mary Ann Shearrow (Wooster), her nephews, cousins, great nieces and nephews, step children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, friends and family too numerous to list but not forgotten .
Graduate of Chillicothe High School 1957
Graduate of Ohio State University 1975
Daughter of the American Revolution
Mrs. Rice
Mrs. Hopper
However you knew her and loved her, in lieu of donations, in her honor, please take the time to appreciate a beautiful sunset, or the smell of a lilac bush, or the architecture of a rose. Or if you can, call your mom to tell her you love her with all your heart.
And save the wrapping paper .
That would make her cry happy.
A memorial service will be held at Central College Presbyterian Church chapel, sometime in the near future. When we can hug. And sing to her and her new best friend Jesus.
Mimi was a loyal supporter of the
Ross County Historical Society
45 W 5th St
Chillicothe, Ohio 45601

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center is honored to serve the Hopper family.

  • What a precious tribute to an obviously amazing woman. Sure do wish I could have known her…
    Actually, I think I do. She lives fully in her daughter Gigi. I love how God does that.
    Love and deepest sympathies.

    Kim Whitaker
    Nashville TN

  • Deepest sympathies to Jim and to Mimi’s family. I will miss our talks that we had at the Bricklayer’s luncheons and the Hopper family reunions through out the years. Rest In Peace Mimi. You will be missed.

  • I am truly sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed playing some Bluegrass with Mimi. She was a very nice person to be around. May God bless her and her family. God speed MiMi.

  • What a beautiful tribute to your beautiful mom! I still have gift tags from my mom and brother which bring great comfort. Your mom was very wise! Sending my deepest condolences and prayers for all.

  • This is one of the most beautiful and uplifting online memorials I’ve ever seen! How she inspires even now! Blessings on your welcome home party, Mimi, for a life well lived. Hugs to the family as hearts gather and savor the best of all your many memories. Peace and blessings for this new journey of stretchier hearts and a broader canvas of family. Love on. 🙏🏼✨

  • What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful lady. Rest In Peace Mrs Hopper. I am so sorry for your loss prayers for the family.

  • Thoughts and many memories return of years ago, when we were all so very young . Will carry these memories along with the love we all have for our Mimi. Prays to your family for strength and peace.

  • So very sorry for the loss of your family’s matriarch. So much if what was in her obituary reminded me of my own mother and grandmothers. My sincerest condolences. Richard Doll

  • Gigi and family,
    Such a wonderful tribute to your mom!
    Thinking of you and praying for peace and comfort.

  • Gigi… I’m so very sorry to hear about your Mother.. Treasure your memories, they will help you get through this difficult time.. You and your family are in my Thoughts and Prayers..
    Hugs to You..
    Debra Peters

  • Jim, Tommy, Gigi and all of Mimi’ family.
    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this very difficult time. What great memories I have of some of Mimi and my escapades during earlier years. What good and bad times times we shared.
    Will love you always🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Mimi was a oner, she was beautiful, and funny and a terrific friend. She will be missed. God Bless her.

  • So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to ALL of your family during this difficult time. 🌹🌹
    Loved the tribute!!
    Tom Ullom 🙏🏼

  • Gigi and Tom
    So sorry for the loss of your mother. She was a fun lady that knew what mattered in her life, her family. Lots of fun memories over the years. I am sure that she is having one amazing gathering in heaven.

    Hugs and forever keep those memories,


  • So very sorry for your loss Gigi and family. Praying for comfort, strength and peace as you navigate life without her.
    Sincerely, Mary Croce Donaldaon

  • So very sorry for your loss. What a special tribute to an obviously wonderful lady. Thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  • Heart felt condolences from my log house in the woodland hills of southern Ohio. Beautiful tribute obituary of your beloved mother. The wholesome pioneering spirit of Ross County Ohio apparent in the description of your mother’s bountiful and purposeful life. My family roots in pike county Ohio just down the road and the next country south. God blessed you Gigi with no less than a beautiful mother you deserved.

  • Ok so now I never will be a be to throw away wrapping paper again. I am deeply saddened to hear of the loss of your Mom. There really are no words to say that will make the grief any easier, but rest in knowing how blessed you were to be raised by this wonderful woman. Carry on these wonderful words and keep the memories close to your heart always. My deepest prayer and sympathies to the family.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.
    Thank you for sharing such a wonderful tribute with all of us. So many of her attributes are evident in all of you.

  • So sorry for your loss, Gigi…Your Mother was a joy growing up. My Prayers and thoughts are with you!!


    Denise Knight. (Kaczmarek)

  • What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful lady! She will not be forgotten. Condolences to all who loved her. May you find peace in your wonderful memories.

  • So sorry for your loss Gigi .. The beautiful tribute conveys how loved and blessed you were in having “Mimi “ as your mother. I pray that the cherished memories you share with your family and friends
    will aid in the comfort and strength given you, at this difficult time. May she Rest In Peace with all her
    Loved Ones that are greeting her in Heaven.

    With Love,

  • Gigi and Tom,

    I am truly saddened to hear the loss of your wonderful mom. I hope that happy memories, like the valuable lessons you have already shared with all of us, will help you and your family get through this difficult time.

    Fantastic tribute on life’s lessons and how your mom lived life to the fullest.

    You are all on our thoughts and prayers…love to you both!

    Doug and Dan

  • Dear Gigi, and all of the special people Mimi’s Life,
    This was a lovely, personal, meaningful and fun-filled tribute to your Mom. Your creativity and zest for life, and hers, shows through, even in your grief. I love the many ways you are honoring and celebrating your mom’s full and well-lived life.

    Carol, Steve, Emily and John O’Day

  • These beautiful words brought Mimi to life in my mind. I can feel all the love in her life, love that will continue in the hearts of everyone lucky enough to know her. Hugs to you, Gigi, and to your family.

  • Lots of memories camping and playing music, and of course with Danny and Jimmy. You will always be remembered for all the good laughs. Hugs to the family.

  • Her talents were many. Her paintings are remarkable. Her laugh was contagious. Her complaints were few. Her hospitality was ever offered and always appreciated. Her presence was a blessing (making me feel as if I had gone home again).
    Hugs to Jim, and all of her family, near and far

  • What a beautiful remembrance in her obituary, I wish I could have met such a lady! I am sorry for your family’s loss.

  • What a wonderful gift you gave to Mimi in this beautiful tribute! She was a very, very special friend and she shall always be remembered and cherished with my love.

  • Jim,Tommy,Gigi and all the family – Gene and are so sad to learn of the death of Mimi.. our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very difficult time..
    Mimi and I had just talked a few weeks ago about getting together as soon as this virus was somewhat under control.
    Thank you for sharing a beautiful well written tribute to your Mom. She was a remarkable lady.. we will miss her!!
    Gene and Alice

  • This was exquisitely written of a life exquisitely lived. I’m so thankful I got to be on the receiving end of number 12. I will always remember what it felt like to incite that generous laugh and see that smile as big as the sun that lit her whole face! It was impossible to resist catching that same fire and warmth on your own! I’m thankful for the way it lives on in my beloved friend, Gigi. I’m thankful for her spirit larger than life which I believe with all my heart is larger than death as well. I love you and thank you Mrs Rice for all the gifts you’ve left in your wake.

  • Our love and prayers are with you and your family at this time of sorrow.
    May the joy of the sweet memories always keep her close to you.💖
    Rita & Jay

  • What wonderful words that describe an indescribably wonderful woman… I only met your mom a couple of times, but she was the nicest sweetest mom… I am truly sorry for your loss Gigi, I am praying for strength to help you through this very difficult time. Cherish every moment!

  • What an absolutely beautiful tribute to your dear mother and the life of love she lived! I’m so sorry for your loss Gigi, but happy you were blessed with such an incredible mother! Wow! Now I know why you are who you are and why you are so beautiful🥰. May God’s grace wrap you up in a blanket of comfort and peace 🙏. Elizabeth

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