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Mildred Lua Everingham Rye
Mildred Lua Everingham Rye, age 83, a resident of Bishop for 32 years was born Sept. 21, 1928 in Topeka, Kan. and passed away April 18, 2012 at Willow Spring Care Center in Redding with her daughter at her bedside.
She preferred to be known as “Mimi.” Her parents moved to San Diego when she was three years old, so her young days were in a sunny place. Horses because a big part of her life, beginning when she was about nine years old, doing competition riding and placing well. She owned several horses, along with many other pets, all her life. She was very much an animal- and outdoor- person. She grew wonderful gardens and was the greenest thumbed lady we ever knew.
When she and her husband, George, got married, their outdoor activities continued, other than the competition riding. They had two children and began taking camping trips to the Sierra regularly. They finally moved to Bishop in 1980, wanting to be closer to their grandchildren who lived here at that time.
Mimi attended Calvary Baptist Church with George and her son’s family and is a born-again Believer in Christ, having accepted him into her heart not too long after George did. Her beautiful smile so shined with the love of Jesus and the people of Calvary Baptist Church benefitted from her gift of hospitality and service.
We are all so blessed by her love and tenderness and know she is now in eternity with our Lord and Savior.
“For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain,” (Philippians 1:23).
She was preceded in death by her mother, Florence Bowman; father and stepmother, Sid and Ruth Everingham; older brothers, Bob and Walter Everingham; and husband, George Rye, who passed away just eight days before her.
A celebration of life will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at Calvary Baptist Church at 1100 W. Line St. in Bishop. Pastor Rick Klug will officiate. Those who were unable to attend the services for George may come and honor him with Mom.
Mimi is survived by her son, Michael Rye and his wife, Janice; daughter, Lynn Clay and her husband, Paul; grandchildren, Darlene Lenzi, Benjamin Rye and Joseph Rye; great-grandchildren, Cayenne and Sage Rye; and five nephews and a niece.