Celebrating the Homegoing of
Rosetta Mimbs was born on July 3, 1930, in Muskogee, Oklahoma to George and Ophelia (Quinn) Holland. She was one of their 10 children, all who preceded her in
death: Arthur Holland, Oliver Holland, Jessie Holland, Dave Holland, Esther “Sister” Reed, Elizabeth Holland, Ethel Rundles, Mae Ella Fowler, Luvester Webb. She grew up
in Muskogee, Oklahoma where she attended Muskogee Public Schools.
In 1947, she relocated to Kansas City, Kansas to make a better life for herself. She worked in several key service industries: health care, hospitality, and early childhood
education spanning 40 years of service in the workforce. Rosetta was an advocate for education and women’s rights. She worked alongside others to widen access to early
childhood education and childcare in Wyandotte County through the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 launching Project Head Start.
She enjoyed traveling, fashion, and the tradition of patchwork quilting passed down to her by her mother, Ophelia Holland. Rosetta was known for her infectious smile, soulful
laughter, nurturing spirit, southern cuisine, and her no-nonsense and straightforward advice.
Rosetta met, fell in love with, and married Ernest H. Mimbs, Jr. on September 13, 1967, in Kansas City, Missouri. They were happily married for 20 years. To this union, they were blessed with two sons and together raised eight children. She is preceded in death by one son, Major Ronnie C. Hicks.
Rosetta had a deep passion for Christ and spreading the Gospel. For more than 50 years, she was a faithful and respected member of Havenside Church of God in Christ.
She held several leadership positions in the church, serving as President of the Usher Board and Head Pastor’s Nurse. In May 2016, she was the recipient of the Honorary
Mothers of Havenside Church of God in Christ (COGIC) Award given to women of exemplary charter and service to the church.
Rosetta departed this life on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, at home, surrounded by loving family members.
Those left to celebrate her life and cherish her loving memory: Samuel J. Hicks Jr. of Fresno, California; Steve Hicks (Tina) of Kansas City, Kansas; (Nannette Hicks, spouse of Major Ronnie C. Hicks) of Peoria, Arizona; Savannah L. Scott of Kansas City, Kansas; Donald L. (Benta, former spouse) Hicks of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Larry W. (Lisa) Hicks of Kansas City, Kansas; Robert L. (Jaimie) Mimbs of Regina Saskatchewan, Canada; Roy A. (Angela) Mimbs of Shawnee, Kansas; 30 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild, and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, godchildren, and friends.
FINAL WORDS. To my Family…
Reflecting on all the things we never got to say...
Know that I love you as much as you love me.
Whenever you think of me and your eyes begin to swell with tears
Don't cry for me. Rejoice in all the beautiful moments we shared.
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