Mrs. Bernetta Vera “Birdie” Mims, Galesburg Chapel

85, of Galesburg, Illinois died at 11:48 am Tuesday, February 14, 2017 in Cottage Hospital.
She was born December 19, 1931 in Mixonville, Alabama the daughter of Buster and Maybelle Gipson Mixon. She married Clyde Jasper Mims on January 25, 1947. He preceded her in death on March 20, 2009.
She is survived by three sons, Fred (Susan) Mims of Iowa City, Iowa, Nathan (Mary) Mims of Galesburg and Bobby Mims of Kansas City Missouri; three sisters, Evelyn (Wesley) Boykin and Ella (Melvin) Hayes both of Toledo, Ohio and Aleen (Nathaniel) Cole of Saginaw, Michigan; fourteen grandchildren, Monica, Corey, Jeremy, Kelsey, Nate, Jr., Jody, Matt, Kirsten, Adrian, Alexander, Jamie, Michael, Gwendolyn and Tanya and fourteen great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one daughter, Ruth Mims, two sons, Willie and Terry Mims, two brothers, Randolph and Gene Mixon and two sisters, Clara Hawthorne and Pearl Clark.
Birdie worked for the Augie’s Airport Inn. She then worked at Knox College in Food Service and later was the food service supervisor at St. Mary Square Living Center. She worked in food service for over 30 years, retiring in 2014. Birdie was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a very active member of the Second Baptist Church and had held many administrative roles within the church. She continued her love of cooking by volunteering at Central Congregational Church with the Knox Prairie Community Kitchen. She had a passion for helping people. Birdie was very well known and respected in the community.
Funeral Services are scheduled for 10:00 am Monday, February 20, 2017 at First Baptist Church. Rev. John Henry Mims and Rev. Robert Donaldson will officiate. Visitation will be 3:00-5:00 pm Sunday, February 19, 2017 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Burial will be in East Linwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Knox Prairie Community Kitchen. Online condolences may be made at

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12 Guestbook Entries to “Mrs. Bernetta Vera “Birdie” Mims, Galesburg Chapel”

  1. Mary, Nate, Jodi, and family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. She sounded like a dynamite woman and a loss to the community.

  2. Deepest condolences to all of the family.
    I worked with Birdie at Knox Manor in the mid 70’s….I can still hear her laughing! Loved her!

    She is flying with the highest angels now!!

  3. I am so sorry for your loss. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Mary, Nate, Matt, Lucy and all the rest of the family, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. It isn’t easy losing people you love, just remember all the good times.

  5. My sincere condolences and deepest sympathy to all of the family. Your entire family is in my thoughts and prayers. May GOD give you strength, peace and love. RIP/RIH Bernetta Mims/Birdie/ Muke. She was one beautiful lady inside and out. She will be greatly missed.

  6. Bobby and the rest of the family, my thoughts and prayers are with you all of you. Be praying for you these next few days.

  7. Bobby and the Mims family, my deepest sympathy on your loss. Please know that all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. Our prayers to all of Ms Miss family. We worked with her at the KPCK and she was a joy. When she was in the kitchen, the Health Dept never had a complaint. She will be very much missed.

  9. So very sorry for the Mims family loss. She leaves behind her life’s work , and she did a wonderful job.

  10. Ms. Mims was absolutely adored at Knox Prairie Community Kitchen. She was also such an incredible chef that there were things she couldn’t make because we couldn’t seat that many! She was willing, in quieter moments, to share stories of her life, and I will always appreciate that. She was an amazing woman, a wonderful human being, and I am deeply honored to have worked and talked with her. My condolences to her family.

    433 East First Street
    Galesburg, Illinois 61401

    Church Number (309)337-1686 Fax Number (309)297-4486 February 19, 2016
    To the family of Mrs Bernetta Mims,
    Once again we find ourselves bowed down in humble submission to the divine will of almighty God.
    Be assured that the passing of your loved one was his will and that all things done by him are not to be doubted even through we don’t understand.
    We hope that these few words will comfort you in the tomorrow’s to come.
    There is promise in each sunrise.
    There is hope for each new day;
    There’s a sunbeam for each raindrop,
    There is help along the way.
    There is faith for all life’s problems,
    There is strength for the trials you face,
    There is mercy and compassion,
    Even in life’s darkest place.
    That makes all life’s sorrows dim.
    When you place your hand in God’s hand,
    And walk life’s path with him.
    We, the Pastor and Members know that she will be missed.
    Respectfully Submitted
    Deacon James Turner
    Rev Richard Marchant
    Church Clerk
    Annette Cato

  12. What a wonderful lady. She lived her faith: “I did not come to be served; but to serve” After all her labors on this earth, may she now Rest in Peace with all of her family who have gone before. My prayers to the family.

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