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. Please use this website to send the family messages and to share memories. Check back to view the online video tribute.

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  1. Sally & Donnie, So sorry to hear about Mimi. From all that I’ve heard about her, she was a real gem. I hope the happy, funny memories will bring you comfort at this difficult time. Love, Cindy & Steve

  2. Dear Sally & Donnie, I am so sorry to hear about Mimi, but what a full and interesting life she lived – and to the hilt. I know you loved her so much and took such good care of her for years, and you will miss her intensely. Her obituary is a lovely remembrance, and it’s right. She’s with the angels now. Love to you and all the family. Ann

  3. Possessor of a sharp mind, a creative spirit and a restless, intellectual curiosity, Mimi was endlessly interesting, energetic and full of life. She will be truly missed for all the knowledge she possessed, all the experiences she shared and all the life that she embraced. She will always be forever – Mimi.

  4. Dear Sally and Donnie I want to thank you so much for letting me know about Mimi It was such a privlage to have known her,she was a very special lady and I know she will be sadly missed by all, especially her family, my sympathy goes out to all of you at this sad time.

  5. Mimi was one of the most wonderful friends I have ever known. She was kind, caring, generous and more concerned about others than she was about herself. Her love of animals was utmost in her life and she was able to show that love through her wonderful paintings. Mimi had such a wonderfuf memory that she would always remind me of something I had to do because I didn’t have the memory she had. We would laugh about that. I will always cherish the time we had together. I will miss Mimi and she will always be in my heart.

  6. Over the last 20 years I was privileged to share a friendship with Mimi. She and I had many shared passions and lots discussions that explored GOD, Spiritualism, Art, Animals and her favorite: Politics. She had a perspective on life that was full of love, wonderment, wisdom and a true passion to learn. She was a gift from GOD and blessing to all that came into contact with her. She will be greatly missed but her wisdom and inspiration will continue living for the rest of my existence.

  7. A beautiful tribute. We feel lucky to have had the pleasure of meeting her, and will remember her love for animals in her impressive art work.

  8. Mimi…even her name is special. Spending time with Mimi was like reading a good book, always a new story, never a repeat. We both loved animals and talked a lot about hers’ and mine. I fell in love with her cat Jolie the minute I saw her. When Mimi could no longer take care of her, she asked me to give Jolie a home. She was giving me a big part of her heart, for which I will always love her. Heaven now has two special angels -Mimi and her beloved Jolie. God bless you both.

  9. To My Dearest Mimi, Those two years of precious moments spent with you caring and loving you as my own mother will never be forgotten. My prayers goes with you always. May you rest in peace. Love, Eva Cortez

  10. Dear Donnie & Sally, Thank you for sharing your beloved Mimi with me and my family over the years. She was such a part of the fabric of my life, that it is hard to believe that she has gone. She touched so many lives over the years. She is now on the other side with all she those she loved, rejoicing in her new life. I will miss her more than I can put into words. My love to you both and your family. You took such wonderful care of her until the very end. Love, Anne

  11. Mimi was a lovely, talented, intelligent and special lady. We will miss her so much. When we saw her a month ago she expressed appreciation for the wonderful care and love that Sally and Don provided her. We send our love and prayers to her family. We love you Mimi. Les and Verva Steiner

  12. My favorite photo of Mimi was one at a dinner party with her friends .She was so shy to take out the pictures to show me, smiling she was there sitting at the table with her friends…Ron and Nancy Regan, the president, and Bob Hope and his wife. Having a good time. Mimi and I went to many art life drawing experiences in Morro Bay, talking astrology all the way in our car rides. I treasure my memories of happy times we spent together. I will miss Mimi being just a phone call away. My sympathy to her son and his family and all her other many friends, our dearly loved Mimi, may her spirit keep touching our hearts for a long long time with sweet thoughts. blesses be lucy

  13. I was sorry to hear about the loss of my Aunt Mimi. It’s just another sign that we need to do things now, and live for today – I have intended to go see her, but life intervened, and now it will have to wait until I’m called to Heaven. My favorite memories of Aunt Mimi came when I was an impressionable pre-teen, and my dad (her brother Edward) sent me to stay with her for one precious, memorable week in the summer. Mimi was a revelation – she talked to plants, painted pictures, had cats, and wore an ankle bracelet, things that opened up a new world to me. I felt so grown-up, and I can still put myself in that house by the ocean, listening to new ideas and learning about the world in a new way. I will miss her, and am so grateful for all the wonderful family and friends that have been there for her.

  14. I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of Mimi. She was my Grandmother’s sister and I am certain the two of them are now laughing and reminiscing of days gone by. I’m confident the two of them shared many of splendid times together through the years; I know this by the smile on my Grandmother’s face when the two of them shared time together. Additionally, I found the video tribute to be splendid; thank you!

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