Elizabeth L. Munsey (the “Great Mimster” and Mimi), age 97, passed away on November 13, 2017. She was surrounded by her loving family at her passing.
Elizabeth was born on August 15, 1920 in Birmingham, AL to James H. Leslie, Jr. and Nellann King Shipe. She graduated from Misses Howard’s School for Girls in Birmingham in 1937. Elizabeth grew up during the depths of the depression in Birmingham and learned how to make a dollar stretch. During WWII, she worked in an army factory for the war effort. Elizabeth and her friends also enjoyed going to the USO to dance with the English and American soldiers. A Royal Air Force pilot even tipped his wing of his plane towards her home while he was on a flight pattern!
The “Mimster” will always be remembered for her Southern hospitality, her grace, her sweet disposition, and love for her family and friends. Anyone who entered her home was treated like royalty with a napkin even accompanying bottled water. She was always the perfect hostess.
She loved nature and critters! Elizabeth always made sure the birds, the squirrels, her dog Toby, all the kitty cats were well fed and loved. And don’t forget about the hummingbirds! Elizabeth was “Queen of the Hummingbirds”, waiting patiently twice a year for their return and for the Hummingbird Festival in Rockport, TX.
Elizabeth is preceded in death by her husband, Gordon C. Munsey, Jr.; her brother, James H. Leslie, III; her parents, James H. Leslie, Jr. and Nellann King Shipe.
She is survived by her daughter, Robin Swope (Bill); granddaughter Katie Kessler (David) of Breckenridge, TX and their children Dax and Hadley; grandson, John E. Swope of Lubbock, TX; and niece, Cheryl Slaughter and nephews, Russell Harris, Jimmy Leslie, IV, and Murray Leslie of Birmingham, AL.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00pm on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at Seaside Funeral Home.
A Funeral Service will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, November 17, 2017 at St. John’s Methodist Church, 5300 S. Alameda, Corpus Christi, TX, 78412. Interment to follow at Seaside Memorial Park & Funeral Home, 4357 Ocean Dr., Corpus Christi, TX.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Leukemia Cancer Society.