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Mary RIMEL


1935 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Mary RIMEL Obituary
RIMEL, Mary "Sue" 83, who never lost her zest for life or sense of humor, died peacefully at home in Austin, Texas on March 8, 2018 embraced by her husband and daughter. She was born to Richard and Mary Eberts in Danville, Kentucky on January 8, 1935. Sue is survived by her husband of 36 years, Warden M. Rimel, M.D.; daughter, Charlotte Hayes Willis; her sister, Ann Kreamer and husband, Jack, of Georgia; stepson, Rick Cox and wife, Susan, and daughter, Amanda; grandsons, Jon Etheredge and wife, Jennifer; Dan Etheredge; and Michael Etheredge and wife, Erika, and stepsons Nick and Justin. She was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy Cash, and a brother, Richard Eberts. Sue attended Danville High School and Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. She studied at Norton Memorial Infirmary at the University of Louisville and became a Registered Nurse in 1957. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at St. Edwards University in Austin in 1976. Sue moved to Austin in 1967 and in 1969 began a 15 years as a staff nurse and certified psychiatric nurse at Austin State Hospital. There in January 1982 she met a newly arrived psychiatrist, Dr. Warden M. Rimel. They were married in the hospital chapel in October of that year. In 1984 they moved to near Jacksonville, Texas and Sue became the nursing supervisor of the substance abuse unit at Rusk State Hospital, Rusk, Texas and Warden a staff psychiatrist at the mental health center (Andrews Center) in Tyler, Texas. In 1995 they retired and returned to live in Austin where they enjoyed seeing their grandsons grow to manhood. In December 1997 Sue was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. In 2009, she was one of the founding members of the "IV League", a support group sponsored by the Breast Cancer Resource Center. The family is especially grateful to Dr. James Merryman and staff at ARC Quarry Lake and Dr. Michael Kasper and staff at Texas Oncology, Balcones Road, Austin for their compassionate devotion to Sue's 20+ years of breast cancer treatment that kept her free of evidence of cancer for the last 16 years of her life. As planned since 2009, Sue contributed her body to a nationwide consortium of medical research scientists. The family suggests that any memorial gifts go to the Brest Cancer Research Center (BCRC.org) or similar breast cancer related charity.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from May 13 to May 16, 2018
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