Mimi Harvey (1910-2009)
Mildred Harvey, known to everyone as Mimi, passed away on November 5, 2009 at the age of 99 with her son and daughter-in-law by her side. Mimi was born February 13, 1910 in Seattle, Washington to William Henry Sherrod and Mildred Howard Edwards. Her father was an ordained southern minister and her mother came over to the U.S from her birthplace in Liverpool, England at the age of six. On June 3rd of 1930, Mimi married George Peterman in Los Angeles; their only son, Donald, was born in 1932. George passed away at an early age in 1939.
Mimi had an appreciation for art early in life but it wasn't until after she married Hugh Harvey in 1952 that she took her painting seriously. Taking painting classes and attending art shows together became a huge part of their lives. They also owned a sail and flag shop. Mimi was a skilled seamstress and made intricate custom flags that were works of art.
She was as passionate about animal welfare and rights as she was about painting and became well known for her animal watercolors. In fact, she found a way to combine her love for both by painting a picture of a cat that was reproduced and sold many times over. The proceeds supported the spaying and neutering of cats in Morro Bay. Even in her final months she was sending boxes of needed supplies to the local animal shelter.
While living in Morro Bay, Mimi met and became close friends with a famous astrologer who gave her weekly lessons and became her mentor. Making and interpreting astrological charts for family and friends was just another interesting facet of her life.
Drawing inspiration from her brother Jimmy, who flew missions over Germany in WW II, Mimi became a true patriot and showed her love for her country by volunteering for countless election campaigns and causes over the years. Some of her other favorite pastimes included listening to Elvis Presley gospel hymns and staying informed on local and national politics. She was also an avid Dodger fan and a devoted admirer of Vin Scully.
While she had a rich full life with Hugh in San Diego and Morro Bay, she always considered Hermosa Beach her real home and where she enjoyed thirty years of her full life.
Mimi was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, William, Edward and James; sisters, Doris and Phyllis; and husbands, George Peterman and Hugh Harvey.
Mimi leaves behind her son and his wife, Donald and Sally Peterman, of Palos Verdes Estates; her granddaughter and her husband, Diane and Robert Tschupp; three grandsons and their wives, Keith and Carol Peterman, Jay and Gloria Peterman, Brad and Misa Peterman and ten great-grandchildren.
Mimi's deep spiritual beliefs were the guiding light in her life and the source of her strength and peace when the time came for her to meet her angels.
There will be a celebration of Mimi's life at a later date when all of the family can be together. Memorial donations are welcome and should be sent to: Carson Animal Shelter, 216 Victoria St., Gardena, CA 90248.
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