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 .
- 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.
- 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.
- Feed the animals. Stray cats show up, make them yours. Your yard will be filled with birds, bunnies and “Buddys.”
- Always have a cough drop and a tissue in your pocket. Maybe a graham cracker or two. And a Pepsi for the car ride.
- 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.
- 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.
- Play Cards.
- Play Mexican Train Dominoes.
- Stay up too late playing both when friends and family visit.
- Square Dance. Makes you participate and appreciate colorful outfits. And the sewing comes in handy here too.
- Learn to paint. Then pass this skill to your daughter and your grand daughter .
- Attend everything. Baseball, football, softball, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball, plays, dance recitals, musicals, art shows, awards ceremonies and Graduations. Do this “multigenerationally.”
- 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.
- Be proud of where you are from. (Chillicothe, Ohio.)
- 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.
- Have a garden. Pull weeds. Lima beans are a must in your garden.
- Drive across country. 10 times. At least.
- Be sensitive. Builds character.
- Be stubborn. (You can tell a Welsh man but you can’t tell him much)
- Visit nursing homes. Take care of the weak.
- 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!”
- 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
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.