Mary Davenport Wert Kimpel, 89, of Little Rock passed to the Lord’s care on Aug. 1.
Mary was born Dec. 9, 1922, to William and Katherine Wert in Chattanooga, Tenn. She graduated from Benton High School. After working for a few years as a receptionist at the Hurricane Creek aluminum plant in Bauxite, she met a young engineer named Paul Henry Kimpel Jr. They were married on July 19, 1944, and enjoyed 68 years of marriage.
Mary was a homemaker, raised and educated four children and dealt with moving 13 times, as Paul’s work with Alcoa took them to several cities including St. Louis, Mo., Pittsburgh, Pa. Little Rock, Pinjarra, Western Australia, and Kingston, Jamaica. They retired to Little Rock in 1981, where they were faithful members of Westover Hills Presbyterian Church.
Mary’s great passion was her family. Through many moves including some out of the country, Mary’s devotion to her family was the core that kept connections close. Her great talent was being able to create warmth, welcome and comfort in her home. An excellent cook and a charming hostess, she made lasting friendships wherever she lived. She enjoyed Bridge Club with longtime Benton, friends, coordinating weddings at Westover Hills, flower arranging, beautiful clothes, collecting and displaying pieces of Wedgewood blue china in her home, and cooking and entertaining for friends and family. Everyone in our family remembers how good Mom’s home smelled when we would arrive for holidays or other visits.
Mary was a gracious, beautiful, conservative Southern-bred lady who loved to call the Hogs, had a sense of humor and a red-faced laugh that made everyone in the room join in. She also loved the spirituality and fellowship with her church.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, William Henry and Katherine Wert; a brother, William H. Wert Jr.; and a sister, Majorie Wert Shroeder.
She is survived by her devoted husband, Paul Kimpel; a son, Paul Kimpel III and wife Sally of San Diego; a son, William Kimpel and wife Nancy of Little Rock; two daughters, Carolyn Musfeldt and husband Kurt of Nashville, Tenn., and Anne Hahnel and husband William of Hebron, Ky.; grandchildren, Lauren Baker and husband Brian, Kyle Kimpel and wife Jenni, Nathan Musfeldt, Eric Musfeldt, Katherine Hahnel, Thomas Kimpel and Elizabeth Hahnel; great-grandchildren, Bradley Kimpel and William Baker. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at Westover Hills Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Michael Kuner officiating. Burial will follow immediately at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander.
Serving as pallbearers are Kyle Kimpel, Nathan Musfeldt, Eric Musfeldt, Thomas Kimpel, Maxwell Compton and Brian Baker.
Visitation will beginning at 10 a.m. preceding the service.
Arrangements are by Ruebel Funeral Home, 6313 W. Markham St., Little Rock.
The family will accept flowers, or preferably a donation to the “Mary Kimpel Memorial Fund” in care of Westover Hills Presbyterian Church, 6400 Richard B. Hardie Drive, Little Rock, AR 72207.
Online guestbook: www.ruebelfuneralhome.com .
Family comments:The family would like to thank the nurses, CNAs and staff at Presbyterian Village for their devotion and endless care during her final years there, the loving and caring support of Arkansas Hospice, and the frequent and welcome visits from her Westover Hills friends.