Sheila Ann "Mimi" Mynatt

Sheila Ann "Mimi" Mynatt

Female 1945 - 2016  (70 years)

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  • Name Sheila Ann "Mimi" Mynatt 
    Born 16 Jul 1945  Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Residence 0___ 1998  West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died 2 Jun 2016  Good Samaritan Hospital, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • My sweet Mimi passed at 6:58 pm from complications of leukemia - pneumonia
    Cremated 3 Jun 2016 
    Also Known As Lady Camp David 
    Buried 4 Nov 2016  Mount View Cemetery, McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I27517  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 8 Nov 2016 

    Father John Rupert Mynatt, Sr.,   b. 6 Feb 1911, Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Mar 1961, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years) 
    Mother Eula James "Mommie" Hansard,   b. 23 Nov 1914, Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Nov 2010, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years) 
    Married ~ 1935  Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Photos
    Eula James Hansard Mynatt (1914-2010)
    Eula James Hansard Mynatt (1914-2010)
    circa late 1930's, probably in Knoxville, Tennessee. Photo provided by her adoring daughter, Sheila Mynatt Hennessee (1945-
    Brother & Sister
    Brother & Sister
    John Rupert "Jupe" Mynatt, Jr. (1937-
    Mary Eugenia "Jean" Mynatt Dumas (1939-2010)
    Mommie's Kids...
    Mommie's Kids...

    Sheila
    Mommie
    Jupe
    Jean
    Family ID F11974  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Theodore Swiatek 
    Children 
     1. Tracy Lynn "Pitter Pat" Swiatek
     2. Trudi Ann "Brat" Swiatek
     3. Matthew Peter Swiatek
    Last Modified 12 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F11996  Group Sheet

    Family 2 David Alden Hennessee 
    Children 
     1. Oliver Mynatt Hennessee
     2. Blue Mynatt Hennessee
    Photos
    Aunt Pearl, Aunt Bessie & Cousin Janet
    Aunt Pearl, Aunt Bessie & Cousin Janet
    Family visits "Camp David", February of 2008...
    Mimi's Beautiful Garden...
    Mimi's Beautiful Garden...
    Great Falls, Rock Island, Tennessee
    Great Falls, Rock Island, Tennessee

    Sheila & David visit the family and local sites this past November, 2014...
    THE Happiest Couple...
    THE Happiest Couple...
    Mimi & I at our favorite restaurant, Bellagio's

    Trudi - Thanks for sending the picture. OG
    Sheila's 65th Birthday Party
    Sheila's 65th Birthday Party
    O.G. & Mimi
    O.G. & Mimi
    Documents
    Some Common Ancestors of David & Sheila Hennessee
    Some Common Ancestors of David & Sheila Hennessee

    who lived in the North of England...
    Last Modified 12 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F9887  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 Jul 1945 - Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 0___ 1998 - West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 2 Jun 2016 - Good Samaritan Hospital, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 4 Nov 2016 - Mount View Cemetery, McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
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     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Photos
    Sheila Ann Mynatt Hennessee (1945-
    Sheila Ann Mynatt Hennessee (1945-
    My pretty wife and best friend...and cousin to Johnny Depp.
    Sheila Anne Mynatt Hennessee (1945-
    Sheila Anne Mynatt Hennessee (1945-
    1963 Osborn High School Graduation picture, Detroit, Michigan

    Mimi is still fussing about this pic, however, I had to upload to show the family - no doubt will be worth a lot of giggles & derision...
    Johnny Depp
    Johnny Depp
    Mimi's favorite cousin...
    My Sheila about 35
    My Sheila about 35

    Isn't she beautiful...

    Mimi, adieu…

    Family and friends celebrated Sheila’s life, 4-6 pm, this past Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at Bear Lakes Country Club. I chose the club as we were married there on March 28, 2004.

    Mid-way through the event I spoke a few words, cited a poem, and then Pastor Shaun Blakeley of Christ Fellowship, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, gave a brief homily and benediction.

    The room was festooned with beautiful flowers and orchids sent by her friends and mourners. It was a large turn-out. Instead of the 25-30 people I expected, we had in fact, over 85 family and friends.

    Trudi found the poem, "She Is Gone!", by David Harkin. I recited it because his instructions would be Sheila’s desire for us…

    "You can shed tears that she is gone
    or you can smile because she has lived.

    You can close your eyes and pray that she’ll come back
    or you can open your eyes and see all she’s left.

    Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her
    or you can be full of the love you shared.

    You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
    or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.

    You can remember her and only that she’s gone
    or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.

    You can remember her and only that she’s gone
    or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.

    You can cry and close your mind,
    be empty and turn your back
    or you can do what she’d want:
    smile, open your eyes, love and go on."

    Family Attendees:

    Daughter Tracy Swiatek with partner, Peggy
    Daughter Trudi Edwards with husband, Chris, and their daughter, Whitney and son, Andrew
    Son Matthew Swiatek
    Brother John R. Mynatt, with Gail, his wife, Rhonda, his daughter, Johnnie, his son and Philip, Johnnie's son
    Nephew C.J. Dumas
    Husband David Hennessee



    Friends who signed the guest book (some of the signatures were illegible):

    Joe Marttirano (attended our wedding)
    Paul Johnston
    Candace Keen
    Bud Blount (attended our wedding)
    Carole Lee
    Jean & Wayne Meisenzahl (attended our wedding)
    Ann & Ernie Borgese (attended our wedding)
    Victor Carlucci
    Martha Johnson
    Patty Markic
    Dana Haverman
    Deb & Sissy
    Mary Lovely
    Laurie Lovely
    Chris Lovely
    Richard Frechette
    Lisa & Joe Arrigo
    Christiane & Joe Fox (attended our wedding)
    John & Donna Wilson
    Tammy Horner
    Pat Schmidt
    Bruce & Mrs. MacDonald
    Dick Mazzola
    Mauricio & Angela Prettel with their daughter, Isabella
    Michael Arconti
    Dana & Angie Quigley
    Shaun Blakeney
    Greg Martzoff
    Ted Strelec
    Gabriela Goldstein, our family doctor
    Merridith Gustafson (attended our wedding)
    Michael McDonald
    Geoff & Janice Thomas (attended our wedding)
    Geroge & Lila Cornell
    Daniel Newman
    Tina Rosenna
    Arthur & Barbara Malaussena
    Luiza Torres
    Kitty Mollenberg (attended our wedding)
    Joanne Ciccotti
    Linda DeFrehn
    Pat & Pixie Cary
    Pat Sheridan

    After the celebration, the family dined at Bellagio’s in City Place, West Palm Beach, Florida for more reminiscences and a final good-bye…

    Nephew Johnnie was afraid that his 4-year old son Philip would disrupt the table with his youthful & playful antics and disturb the older members of the family. In retrospect, I now think that this toe-headed, animated, young boy was a perfect example of, “Life is for the living”.

    This is my last message.

    Sheila was my wife, my lover, my best friend and we truly were ordained as one.

    I cannot picture my future without her. Everything in my life and this house reminds me of her yet I do know that “time heals all wounds”.

    Hurry time, hurry…

    David











    A Gathering...
    A Gathering...
    November 4th, 2016

    Sheila's Tennessee family gathered to bid her good-bye...

    Gary George, Briena Harmening, Janet Robbins, Christine Cornett, Michael Cornett, Giselle Wright, Kenny Wright, Lisa Wright, Debra George, David & Aunt Pearl
    Mimi & Me
    Mimi & Me
    I ran across this photo while cleaning out a closet where Mimi had put it away. We were always so happy to be with each other...

    Headstones
    Sheila Ann Mynatt Hennessee
    Sheila Ann Mynatt Hennessee

    Inscribed thereon;

    "Sheila Mynatt Hennessee

    Adored Consort of David
    Beloved Mother of Tracy, Trudi & Matthew

    July 16, 1945 - June 2, 2016"


    Her footstone is located at Mount View Cemetery, McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee

    Videos
    Mimi feeds Millie ....
    Mimi feeds Millie ....

  • Notes 
    • July, 2004:

      What a wondeful person she is! Loving, nuturing and fun. Wish I had met her 40 years ago - my life & family would have been so much more...

      December, 2012:

      Here's a hoot...Mimi is my 18th cousin, once removed through my grandmother, Vernia Swindell Byars (1894-1985).

      Click here: http://bit.ly/1k4tx2w

      end of note
    • Our family lost the sunshine and joy of our lives.

      Our sweet, precious Sheila "Mimi" Hennessee passed from us in the late afternoon of Thursday, June 2, 2016.

      She was the youngest child, born in 1945, of an old southern Tennessee family, John Rupert & Eula Hansard Mynatt, who have since preceded her along with her adored sister, Jean Dumas, who claimed her Glory in 2010.

      Sheila leaves her devoted husband, David, an older brother, John Mynatt, Jr. of Palm Coast, Florida, three grieving children, Tracy Swiatek of Punta Gorda, Florida, and partner, Peggy Foster; Trudi, of Fishers Island, New York, wife to Christopher Edwards and Matthew Swiatek of Dandridge, Tennessee. Three shocked grandchildren; Andrew Edwards, Whitney Edwards,Trevor Swiatek and several nephews & nieces.

      Mimi was loved by everyone who knew her. She was always fun to be with and her happy spirit put everyone at ease.

      Of course, her children were the center of her life. And they loved their mother dearly. They were in constant contact through daily telephone calls, texts and Facebook entries. When they visited, the family sat poolside talking and laughing until the wee hours.

      Mimi was a mother to all; flowers, pets & people.

      There was not a kinder, sweeter, lovelier person...

      We will have a gathering in her honor Tuesday, June 7th, 2016, 4-6 pm at

      Bear Lakes Country Club, 1901 Village Boulevard, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401

      end of comment
    • Thu 5/12/2016 9:02 AM

      Mimi's demise begins:

      Mimi was diagnosed with “acute leukemia” Monday. We met with the specialist yesterday for blood & bone marrow tests. Friday he is to update us and recommend treatment(s).

      Will keep you in the loop…

      XXXOOO

      David

      Thu 5/12/2016 3:51 PM

      Family & Friends,

      Just checked her into Good Sam Hospital. The doctor is proceeding imme with chemotherapy and forecasts a 4-week stay. I pressed him on her chances and he evaded the question or reiterated how seriously ill she is…

      XXXOOO D.

      Wed 5/18/2016 10:34 AM

      Hello Family & Friends.

      Many thanks for your continued prayer & support…

      Mimi had a good night, as a matter of fact, she said she had the best night's sleep since she been in hospital.

      Her spirits are still high and she still has her hair! She's upbeat 'cause daughter Trudi arrives this morning.

      Got to pick her up…

      We love you all &

      Please do not respond…

      Thu 6/2/2016 4:39 PM

      Hello All.

      This is a direct quote from the doctor this morning;

      “Bone marrow looks good so far. She is however very ill still - has developed severe pneumonia. Condition remains critical”

      I am delighted about the bone marrow which is encouraging. I do fear the fact that her body creates a gene, “FLT-3”, which is not a good thing…

      Poor thing suffers as her insides are burnt from chemo, her mouth is full of sores, she is constantly in and out of a fever condition, her stomach aches, the hyper-fluids require contact trips to the toilet, et. al., ad infinitum…

      Every time I think of her there in the hospital, I fall to pieces…

      Many, many thanks for your cards, letters, gifts, phone calls & prayers.

      XOXOXO David

      June 2, 2016:

      Dearest Family & Friends.

      I can't believe she's gone. It was all so sudden. Thursday morning we had hope because of an encouraging blood report - Thursday evening she is gone. It still doesn't seem real…


      Fri 6/3/2016 7:07 AM

      We lost our my darling, sweet Mimi June 2, 2016, 6:58 PM due to respiratory complications from the leukemia.

      More details to follow…

      David

      Now the condolences begin...

      Fri 6/3/2016 7:37 AM

      I am so sorry, cuz. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of the family during this difficult time. I am here any time you need to talk. I know I can't do much, but I can at least listen.

      I love you,
      Stef

      Fri 6/3/2016 7:50 AM

      I'm so very sorry to hear this news. I judge people by the happiness they bring to others. By this measure, Mimi seemed to be a great person indeed.

      Stay strong and we'll talk soon.
      Kevin Cully

      Fri 6/3/2016 8:31 AM

      Hi David,

      This is the email I was fearful of receiving. I hoped for so much more and miracles for Mimi. My heart clenches in sorrow for your loss because I know she was your everything.

      I will be in touch by mail outside of work.

      I am with you in kindest thoughts, Janna

      Fri 6/3/2016 9:02 AM

      I am so sorry, cuz. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of the family during this difficult time. I am here any time you need to talk. I know I can't do much, but I can at least listen.

      I love you, Stef

      Fri 6/3/2016 9:10 AM

      David,
      So sad. My heart goes out to you. I guess I didn't realize the state of her condition.
      My thoughts will be with you and her until I see you which I assume will be soon.
      I came anytime. Say when it will work for you. My bags are packed. Let's talk.
      Steve

      Fri 6/3/2016 10:17 AM

      Very sorry for your loss. Beautiful lady. Beautiful soul.

      So glad we got to visit with her this week.

      Mark Montgomery

      Fri 6/3/2016 12:09 PM

      I'm so sorry. Have no idea what your going through. Glad Mimi is not suffering anymore.

      Love,

      Jr

      Fri 6/3/2016 1:46 PM

      Precious David,

      I just loved Sheila, even though I didn't get to hang out with her much. She had the biggest heart and I was so thankful you had found each other. You know we ALL loved her because she was so good to you and ALL of us. I am glad you're going to Tennessee soon...that's exactly where you need to "fall."

      I should only have about 2 more days at school, but call me any time, if needed.

      Love to you,
      dawn

      Fri 6/3/2016 4:49 PM

      David, my thoughts and prayers are being sent to you and to Mimi's kids. It is such sad news.
      If there is anything I can do to help please let me know.

      Your friend,
      Jed

      Sat 6/4/2016 7:48 AM

      In my mind and heart Mimi's memory will never fade one bit. From the first time I was welcomed in my new job by a glass mug with flowers on it, to the many many times Sheila treated me to a handmade lunch or piece of amazing cornbread slathered in butter!! My picture of her will always be floating in the pool with a smile and a cocktail relaxing. I will always feel part of the family deeply and previously thanks to her joyful spark and open welcoming loving nature.

      Dana

      Sat 6/4/2016 8:29 AM

      David, this is such a beautiful tribute to her and written so well! I am happy to see you included the mother to all part. That is all I have thought about the last two days... for some reason it has stood out in my mind since you said that to me that one time during a conversation we were having. My heart is breaking for you. Words can't express how sorry I am for your loss or your wife and best friend. I know it is hard, but please make sure you take care of yourself and if you need help, don't be afraid to ask someone.

      Sending you lots of love, prayers, and hugs!
      (Stefani Hennessee)

      Sat 6/4/2016 9:05 AM


      Oh, David, I am so sorry to hear this sad, sad news. I know how much you've lost. Your every word and demeanor in our brief conversations told me how happy you were - happier than any time in all the years I've known. She is irreplaceable and nothing I can say will make any difference to what you'll miss.

      Grief, loss, the futility and injustice of losing someone you shouldn't. The pain is more and the price is higher because of the love you had.

      Just celebrate a lovely life, a darling fellow traveler, and remember those of us who care.

      Much love from me, Dave.

      My heart is yours

      Doug

      Doug Ramsdale
      847 323-3372

      Sat 6/4/2016 9:16 AM

      Thank you for sharing.

      Elle and I share in your grief and in the smiles of the memories we have with her.

      Thinking of you and the family.

      Mark (Montgomery)

      Sat 6/4/2016 10:05 AM

      David that's absolutely beautiful. She will be missed so dearly.
      We send you love and prayers from Illinois.
      Megan, Doug, Connor and Makena (Mynatt)

      Sat 6/4/2016 4:13 PM

      Dear David, the words you wrote about Mimi were so very beautiful. I am glad she is not suffering but so very heartbroken for you. She was your heart.
      What can we do? Can we send flowers for the service on Tuesday? Please let me know.
      I love you dear cousin,
      Karen (Mitchell)

      Sat 6/4/2016 5:28 PM

      Mimi was the kind of person that had a special heart, she would make you laugh when you down in the dumps, but she will change the way you feel. She had a love toward country music especially Luke Bryan. Mimi would be like the grandmother u never have, she would make you something or play with her little bird blue. Mimi had a sprit that could never be crush she would always be happy, and she was a fighter and dear friend to everyone Alexandra Cornell (Lexi)
      George's daughter
      Diva????????????=

      Sat 6/4/2016 5:33 PM

      My dear, dear friend...Please know that I'm hurting with you and for you and want you to know I'm here for you... ready to hug, to listen, to cry with you. What I do know is that Sheila completed you... I had never seen you so happy when she became a part of your life. This is what you need to remember. I love you! Colby

      Sun 6/5/2016 12:47 PM

      Precious David,
      You have endured much loss. I believe God didn't want you to shoulder any more burdens alone so He called Sheila to be faithful and walk beside you. She made you better and renewed your spark and hope. You may believe God called her home too soon because you still need a companion. I can see, as in my own life, that our needed companion was personified in our mothers' lives and for you, brought more into focus through Sheila's life. Lay yourself down at the feet of Jesus, who is waiting.
      I am specifically praying for you throughout the day for strength, clarity, and understanding.
      I love you so very much. You know my mama would have loved Sheila because they are kindred souls. Neither saw a problem, especially strife, without rolling up their sleeves and vanquishing it because that's what Jesus would do. I remember the way my mama looked at you, with immeasurable love. You know the look :)
      I stand with you, Cuz!
      Everlasting love,
      Dawn (Cline)
      Sun 6/5/2016 2:59 PM
      Very tragic David my friend, I cannot phone you, I will choke ( I am on prostate cancer treatment which makes me cry easily)

      Mimi was your only true soulmate. Since I have met you more than twenty five years ago I have never seen you so happy after you married Mimi, she instilled in you a calmness and a passion for life.

      Amanda and I are praying for you that God will help you fill this deep emptiness in your life

      Mimi was truly a flower, beautiful and she lit up the life of everybody around her

      She will rest in peace and her memory will live forever in our hearts

      Our sympathy is with her family and her children

      We wish you all the strength to face everyday with all those wonderful memories of Mimi

      PS: David you will always be our good friend and if you ever get the urge to visit this part of the world our house is wide open any time
      (Jan de Wit, Johannesburg, South Africa)
      Sun 6/5/2016 10:40 PM
      I too had the opportunity to benefit from the love and tenderness Aunt Mimi shared with all that had that fortune. I envy those of you that experienced it in abundance...if there's such a thing.

      Two things Mimi did for my Uncle Dave during their 17 years of marriage::

      1. She stole - She stole away all of his sorrows
      2. She lied - She lied with him every night they were in their home
      What she could not do was "Cheat" - Cheat death. Now we are challenged to continue our lives without this wonderful mother, grandmother, aunt, friend to all, and wife to my Uncle.
      Let us find solace that she is in a better place and not suffering. And, remind ourselves daily to treat others as would Mimi.
      Love,
      Junior (Brett Craig)

      Sun 6/5/2016 10:53 PM

      My Dear Mr. David,

      I cannot believe that it was happen to my beautiful Mimi, yesterday, I was in the Super Market and I saw a nice lady very alike than our Mimi, I was crying asking to the Universe Why? Suddenly every thing changed… Ii I would like to write this for my Mimi:

      Mimi was a kind person with many virtues:
      she was a loving wife, a caring mother, a kindhearted and beloved friend,
      a person who loved her pets and who enjoyed working in her garden.

      Her beautiful and gracious green eyes always expressed her feelings.
      She was my American mother and will be deeply missed.
      Mimi departed this world, but her loving memory will always live in my heart.
      Rest in peace my Mimi. MY MOM!! I love you…

      Please let me know how are you going? Very concern about your health, in this sad moments we must be together to face our loss L
      With love,
      Chiki

      (Norma Gomez, Aukland, New Zealand)

      Mon 6/6/2016 9:27 AM

      Precious David,
      You have endured much loss. I believe God didn't want you to shoulder any more burdens alone so He called Sheila to be faithful and walk beside you. She made you better and renewed your spark and hope. You may believe God called her home too soon because you still need a companion. I can see, as in my own life, that our needed companion was personified in our mothers' lives and for you, brought more into focus through Sheila's life. Lay yourself down at the feet of Jesus, who is waiting.
      I am specifically praying for you throughout the day for strength, clarity, and understanding.
      I love you so very much. You know my mama would have loved Sheila because they are kindred souls. Neither saw a problem, especially strife, without rolling up their sleeves and vanquishing it because that's what Jesus would do. I remember the way my mama looked at you, with immeasurable love. You know the look :)
      I stand with you, Cuz!
      Everlasting love,
      Dawn

      Mon 6/6/2016 9:30 AM
      Dear David, the words you wrote about Mimi were so very beautiful. I am glad she is not suffering but so very heartbroken for you. She was your heart.
      What can we do? Can we send flowers for the service on Tuesday? Please let me know.
      I love you dear cousin,
      Karen

      Mon 6/6/2016 9:34 AM

      Thank you for sharing.

      Elle and I share in your grief and in the smiles of the memories we have with her.

      Thinking of you and the family.

      Mark

      Mon 6/6/2016 11:34 AM


      David,
      What can I share with my friend that could possibly give him solace? From my own experience I can tell you that SHE IS NOT GONE, as you say. When Christine died I could not imagine my life without her. There was a huge empty space filled with pain.
      And now after 27 years I can tell you that she has been with me all that time and will likely be the last thing I think of in my last moments.
      Because we cannot see her doesn't mean she isn't there. Talk to her every chance you get and her presence will become more real and you will be the lucky guy who gets to be with her for ever. Can there ever be a time when I won't be with you in thought or memory? We move to a new venue. You simply can't imagine it but Einstien proved it so. A conversation a day keeps the blues away.
      Steve (Levin)

      Mon 6/6/2016 11:49 AM

      "The Traveler"

      She has put on invisibility.
      Dear Lord, I cannot see---
      But this I know although the road ascends
      And passes from my sight,
      That there will be no night;
      That You will take her gently by the hand
      And lead her on Along the road of life that never ends,
      And he will find it is not death but dawn.
      I do not doubt that You are there as here,
      And you will hold her dear.
      Our life did not begin with birth,
      It is not of the earth;
      And this that we call death, it is no more
      Than the opening and closing of a door---
      And in Your house how many rooms must be
      Beyond this one where we rest momently.
      Dear Lord, I thank you for the faith that frees,
      The love that knows it cannot lose its own;
      The love that, looking through the shadows, sees
      That You and she and I are ever one


      For Sheila and Christine

      We will think of them with love in our hearts...everyday

      (Steven Levin)


      Mon 6/6/2016 1:23 PM

      Wrote this Mimi, I hope you will read it for her.


      When I first met Mimi, I loved her instantly. She was warm, quick witted, and had so much spunk. I thought for sure David would never be able to keep up with her. We clicked instantly, like she had known me my whole life and understood who I really was. I was able to visit Mimi and David several times and it was always a treat. Mimi grew amazing orchids and had 2 parakeets that she would let fly around the pool area while we lounged in paradise. Plus She always knew the best thrift stores to send me shopping. Mimi had a gentleness about her that made you instantly feel at home. She was an amazing women and it was easy to see how happy she made David and he made her. I am happy that she became a part our family, I will miss her smiling face. I love you Mimi.

      (Briena Harmening)

      Mon 6/6/2016 3:37 PM

      David,

      My times spent with Mimi were small sprints and interactions across several years. Dinners, visits to the house, short conversations - analogous to sound bites vs. a full length movie, or an after dinner drink vs. a bottle of wine.

      Because I knew you long before, and sadly, will know you long after Mimi has left us, I want to share my view of her impact on you.

      Mimi made you more of what you like to be
      Mimi made you less of what you don't like to be
      Mimi made you patient when it wasn't convenient
      Mimi made you feel loved when others couldn't
      Mimi made it easy for you to love where you once thought you may not
      Mimi made you feel accepted for who you are
      Mimi made you feel served, where others wanted to be served
      Mimi made you want to serve her
      Mimi made you a good husband
      Mimi made you appreciate a good wife
      Mimi made your time your time, and was happy with her time
      Mimi made your time together special

      She was your perfect compliment, and while we will miss her terribly, you will still be better every day because of her...for the rest of your years.

      May she rest in peace, and may you find smiles in her memory.

      Mark

      Mon 6/6/2016 5:56 PM

      Dear David, wish I could be there and give you "bushels" per Aunt Pearl, of hugs and kisses. Our prayers and thoughts will be with you and all of Mimi's family tomorrow. She was your sunshine. And brought alot of sunshine to all of us with her kindness, sense of humor and Ma-like sweetness.

      Lisa, Kenny, Dawn and I sent a flower arrangement. Beautiful colors just like a beautiful Mimi.

      We love you,
      Karen and Emily

      Mon 6/6/2016 7:26 PM

      Sheila Hennessee personified the words on the needlework my Mother completed that hangs in my home. "The love in you heart wasn't put there to stay, love isn't love until it is given away." Sheila graciously gave the love in her heart away. Sheila loved and was loved by many. I only met her once, but had such a wonderful time with her. I was fortunate to enjoy email, phone and facebook conversations with Sheila. Always kind, sweet and caring, I could feel the smile through the phone lines when we talked. My cousin David adored her, she the light of his life. I am happy that they found each other, as their existence together was a testament to how rich life can really be. I thank God for bringing Sheila into our lives, will always cherish her and feel blessed by knowing her.

      Cousin Karen Sue


      Mon 6/6/2016 11:17 PM

      My story of Mimi from Kenny

      It was in the fall of 2015, one day I'll never forget. Mimi and I had the most wonderful day together. She and David had visited the farm one evening, stayed over night and the next day, Mimi and I had such a great day. She was so excited to ride the four wheeler around the farm and see all the cattle and babies that had been born and as fate would have it, we went down to the woods and there stood a little newborn calve, a little girl. We tagged the girl calve which her number was/is number 1 which I sent to Matt, her son a picture. She was so excited to watch it and get it's first milk. From that day on, I would always ask her, "how's my cowgirl?" And, by the way, if you knew Mimi at all, you know she would try anything once. She had to drive my new tractor that day as well which she called, Big Red, but to my amazement she did so, so, so good driving my new tractor, "Big Red." We moved hay rings that day from one field to another and she seemed to have the time of her life. We spent all day working around the farm but it wasn't work at all between us. We laughed, joked and just hung out together. I had such a great time and I sure hope she did as well. She made my day and I will forever remember and Love her. She was my friend and I will miss her. I will miss her kind, loving words, her jokes, her texts. She was a special lady and I am honored to have known her for the time I did. I'm thankful she was a kind, loving wife to my cousin David and I will never forget that day she and David came to visit with me at the farm. I will cherish those moments and I will always hold them close to my heart.

      (Kenny Wright)

      Tue 6/7/2016 7:25 AM

      Sheila Hennessee personified the words on the needlework my Mother completed that hangs in my home. "The love in you heart wasn't put there to stay, love isn't love until it is given away." Sheila graciously gave the love in her heart away. Sheila loved and was loved by many. I only met her once, but had such a wonderful time with her. I was fortunate to enjoy email, phone and facebook conversations with Sheila. Always kind, sweet and caring, I could feel the smile through the phone lines when we talked. My cousin David adored her, she the light of his life. I am happy that they found each other, as their existence together was a testament to how rich life can really be. I thank God for bringing Sheila into our lives, will always cherish her and feel blessed by knowing her.

      Cousin Karen Sue


      Tue 6/7/2016 10:56 AM

      David,

      We've had you on our minds every day and wishing there was something we could do to ease what you're going through. There is no way we can know how you feel, only imagine how hard the loss of Sheila is. Wish we could be there with you today, but know that our hearts are with you, our arms are hugging you and we will hope that you will be given a measure of grace to be able to celebrate Sheila's beautiful life.

      We love you so very much,

      Kathy and David (Tugman)

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    • Mimi, adieu…

      Family and friends celebrated Sheila's life, 4-6 pm, this past Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at Bear Lakes Country Club. I chose the club as we were married there on March 28, 2004.

      Mid-way through the event I spoke a few words, cited a poem, and then Pastor Shaun Blakeley of Christ Fellowship, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, gave a brief homily and benediction.

      The room was festooned with beautiful flowers and orchids sent by her friends and mourners. It was a large turn-out. Instead of the 25-30 people I expected, we had in fact, over 85 family and friends.

      Trudi found the poem, "She Is Gone!", by David Harkin. I recited it because his instructions would be Sheila's desire for us…

      "You can shed tears that she is gone
      or you can smile because she has lived.

      You can close your eyes and pray that she'll come back
      or you can open your eyes and see all she's left.

      Your heart can be empty because you can't see her
      or you can be full of the love you shared.

      You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
      or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.

      You can remember her and only that she's gone
      or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.

      You can remember her and only that she's gone
      or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.

      You can cry and close your mind,
      be empty and turn your back
      or you can do what she'd want:
      smile, open your eyes, love and go on."

      Family Attendees:

      Daughter Tracy Swiatek with partner, Peggy
      Daughter Trudi Edwards with husband, Chris, and their daughter, Whitney and son, Andrew
      Son Matthew Swiatek
      Brother John R. Mynatt, with Gail, his wife, Rhonda, his daughter, Johnnie, his son and Philip, Johnnie's son
      Nephew C.J. Dumas
      Husband David Hennessee



      Friends who signed the guest book (some of the signatures were illegible):

      Joe Marttirano (attended our wedding)
      Paul Johnston
      Candace Keen
      Bud Blount (attended our wedding)
      Carole Lee
      Jean & Wayne Meisenzahl (attended our wedding)
      Ann & Ernie Borgese (attended our wedding)
      Victor Carlucci
      Martha Johnson
      Patty Markic
      Dana Haverman
      Deb & Sissy
      Mary Lovely
      Laurie Lovely
      Chris Lovely
      Richard Frechette
      Lisa & Joe Arrigo
      Christiane & Joe Fox (attended our wedding)
      John & Donna Wilson
      Tammy Horner
      Pat Schmidt
      Bruce & Mrs. MacDonald
      Dick Mazzola
      Mauricio & Angela Prettel with their daughter, Isabella
      Michael Arconti
      Dana & Angie Quigley
      Shaun Blakeney
      Greg Martzoff
      Ted Strelec
      Gabriela Goldstein, our family doctor
      Merridith Gustafson (attended our wedding)
      Michael McDonald
      Geoff & Janice Thomas (attended our wedding)
      Geroge & Lila Cornell
      Daniel Newman
      Tina Rosenna
      Arthur & Barbara Malaussena
      Luiza Torres
      Kitty Mollenberg (attended our wedding)
      Joanne Ciccotti
      Linda DeFrehn
      Pat & Pixie Cary
      Pat Sheridan

      After the celebration, the family dined at Bellagio's in City Place, West Palm Beach, Florida for more reminiscences and a final good-bye…

      Nephew Johnnie was afraid that his 4-year old son Philip would disrupt the table with his youthful & playful antics and disturb the older members of the family. In retrospect, I now think that this toe-headed, animated, young boy was a perfect example of, “Life is for the living”.

      This is my last missive.

      Sheila was my wife, my lover, my best friend and we truly were ordained as one.

      I cannot picture my future without her. Everything in my life and this house reminds me of her yet I do know that “time heals all”.

      Hurry time, hurry…

      David

      end of commentary





    • Those family members and friends who sent flowers:

      Geoff & Janice Thomas
      Pauli Johnston
      Aunt Pearl and her children; Kathy & David, Gayle & Johnny, Robert & Angela with Ber
      Jed Haislip
      Gary & Debbie George for Briena, Janet, Lori & Paul
      Cousin Jane & Aunt Betty
      Bear Lakes Country Club
      Fishers Island Club
      Cousin Cheryl Blanks
      Mike & Christine Cornett
      Lisa, Kenny, Dawn, Karen & Emily
      Kevin Cully
      Martha Millsaps
      Frank & Betty Webster
      Mark & Elle Montgomery

      end of note
    • Those family members and friends who sent cards or notes of condolence:

      Frank, betty, Jack & Tess Webster - friends in Liverpool, England
      Joe Martirano
      Cousin Janet
      Dana Haverman
      John Stapleton
      Alland & Evelyn Whitney
      Dr. Smukler & Staff
      Maryanne Alfieri
      Beverly Belote
      Jimmy Mitchell
      Lisa Gahlau
      Pat & Pixie Carey
      June & Tony Buthray
      Jeff & Kim Batts
      Laurie Norman & Staff
      Cousin Marie Ponder
      Janna Michaelis
      John Gustafson, Jr.
      Karen Gustafson Compasso
      Aunt Pearl
      Cora Longacre
      Cousin Kathie Tugman
      Geoff & Janice Thomas
      Darryl Hinkle
      Candace Keen

      end of note

  • Sources 
    1. [S30] David A. Hennessee, HENNESSEE Researcher & Compiler, 626 Biscayne Drive,West Palm Beach,FL 33401, 561.832.6612, info@c.

    2. [S45389] Sheila Mynatt Hennessee | 1 Aug 2012 Interview | sam33409@aol.com.