Mary Lillian "Mimi" Sharpe
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Born Mary Lillian Conroy on March 29, 1925 in Crystal Springs, Mississippi. Mary was also known as "Mimi" to her family. She passed away June 12, 2012 at Loma Linda University Hospital in Murietta while living in Anza, California. Mary graduated from Crystal Springs High School in 1943. Her passion for nursing led her to study at the Mississippi Baptist Hospital Training School for Nurses where she graduated in 1946. She set out on a nursing career that lasted 49 years. She worked in intensive care, the emergency room and Ob/Gyn, but she especially loved being an operating room nurse. She had nursing licenses in Michigan, Texas and California keeping her RN updated until 2008. In California, she worked at Little Company of Mary in Torrance for 33 years as an operating room nurse and supervisor until retiring in 1992. Mary then worked four more years at South Bay Hospital until 1996. She was respected and loved by her colleagues who appreciated her leadership and compassion. Mary was also passionate about her family, and she loved each person unconditionally. She married Willie Ray Sharpe in 1947. They were married for 41 years. He passed away in 1988. She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Kendall and her husband, Fred, her son, Robert, and his wife, Susan; six grandchildren, Michael (Keri), Jason, Kathy (Michael), Kelley (Jay), Lindsay (Gabe) and Brandon (Jacqui); 10 great-grandchildren, Jordan, Max, Caden, Keira, Kuyper, Karoline, Summer, Clara, Malia and Ezekiel. Mary was also passionate about baseball. She loved watching her boys play baseball and meticulously kept score. Mimi was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She will be greatly missed by her family. Private services will be held Saturday in Green Hills Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National Osteoporosis Foundation at www.nos.org. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on June 15, 2012