Dana Margaret Nimmo

Dana Margaret NimmoDana Margaret Nimmo, 92, of Amarillo, TX died Thursday, August 29, 2019.

Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 4, 2019, at Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Dana was born December 8, 1926, in Cherokee, KS to Orphie and Gertrude Lallement.  She was married to Alfred C. Nimmo on December 8, 1946, in Amarillo, TX.  She graduated from West Texas State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Education.  She taught English in middle school, mostly at Fannin Junior High.

She was preceded in death by Alfred C. Nimmo in 1997, they were married for fifty-one years.

She loved gardening, classical music, holiday meals, the mountains, and the family cabin in Eagle’s Nest, NM.  She loved her family.

She is survived by her three sons, David, of Bridge City, TX, and Harlie and Larry, both of Amarillo; grandsons, Robert N. of Amarillo, and David Bryan, of Huntsville, TX; granddaughter, Katie Chavez, of Amarillo; and two great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 5-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at the funeral home.

20 Replies to “Dana Margaret Nimmo”

  1. Sad to hear of her passing :-).

    I was one of her students from back in the ’70’s – she was an excellent English teacher – I still have vivid memories from the RL Stevenson novel Kidnapped with David Balfour running about the heather – later on in life figured out what that actually meant.

    I appreciate the efforts she put forth in making literature become alive to a bunch of… how shall I say it… knuckle headed teen aged boys. She was amazing !

  2. I am so saddened to learn of this loss. Mrs. Nimmo was a very special teacher and I’ve never forgotten her. She invited a Classmate and me to decorate her Christmas tree as I did not have that experience growing up. A wonderful teacher and friend – may she Rest In Peace.

  3. Mrs. Nimmo was one of the best of the best teachers! She encouraged her students to follow their passions. She praised and created a desire for excellence! She listened to all of us and took special time to learn who we really were inside, and instinctively knew our areas of weakness and helped us develop confidence to become a well rounded adult. I learned much more than English in her class. She handed me English on a gold platter and created joy in using words that I still have to this day.

    She will never be forgotten by this student who now has grown children of her own.

    I wish I had been able to thank her properly. May her memories live on through those young lives she touched in her career.

    I am praying for her family and friends and what a fantastic long life she lived.

    Lori Lawson Scott

  4. Oh, I have never forgotten Mrs. Nimmo. She was a wonderful teacher. David, Larry or Harley ( I don’t know which one of you was the first boy I kissed, lol because I just called you Nimmo. I’m Gwendolyn Stockman, My sister Kathy and I went to Fannin for one year. I wrote a report in Mrs. Nimmo’s class about some canned ham, I remember You and Jeff getting made at me for that one. Ha! Good memories. So sorry for your loss, I just loved her.

  5. I loved Mrs. Nimmo. She had a huge influence on my life. She and Mrs. Honnol a major reasons I’m a writer today. I can only imagine how many other lives she touched deeply. We were blessed to have her.

  6. Mrs. Nimmo IS the ONE person I credit with “saving”me. The success I’ve been grateful to experience in my life can be directly traced back to her. She saw the potential in me; a kid who could not spell 3 letter words (undiagnosed dyslexia), and a very slow reader with low self esteem. School was something I suffered through until God stepped in and placed me in her class. She was the first teacher to see talent in me and to praise me for the depth and content of my writing and analysis of our readings – not all the misspelled words. Mrs. Nimmo is why I am where I am today. I still cannot spell but I am successful despite this weakness. Thank you Mrs. Nimmo. My success is a tribute to you.

    1. Are you the Denese Skinner who was good friends with my sister, Lisa Martin? If not, I’m sorry to bother you.

      David Martin

  7. It was a very nice surprise to hear from you Cynthia. We sure had a great neighborhood full of kids. I remember you and Frank and skating on your big driveway. I also remember when your dad passed and your mom raising all of you. What a strong, compassionate, and loving mom she was. Not long ago I was looking at mom’s 35mm slides of our first day of school . We would all gather together (which was herding ants) and take a picture. I know of 2 that show you sitting on your bike getting ready to go to school. Thank you for your kind thoughts about mom. You are appreciated. Don’t stay on the east coast too long, they might turn you into a liberal. Ha ha

  8. Mrs Nimmo was an inspiration to me when I was a new teacher across the hall from her during the middle 60’s. Her dedication and counsel motivated all of us to be better. She was a significant influence on my life. Mrs. Nimmo was a blessing to all.
    Leland Wilhelm

  9. I am so sorry to hear of your mom‘s passing and I am certainly sending prayers for comfort your way. Harley, I can remember walking down to your house with Cynthia and Ann and seeing your mom. She was always checking on us to make sure we wouldn’t get in trouble. She was well loved in the neighborhood and at school. I know you will miss her but it is so nice that she will be with your dad again. Prayers for all three of you.

  10. David, Harlie, and Larry – This is Ann Johnson sending you all my prayers for peace and comfort. Your mom was like a second or third or however many moms we had on Ong Street. She was a great lady! I’m sorry for your loss.

    1. What a nice surprise to read your kind words and to recall those very fond memories. The entire Ong Street gang sure had a great experience growing up together. Thanks for recognizing our mother. It is so good to hear from you. Since I left Amarillo, I have lost touch with most everyone.

      I will not be attending my mom’s services. I must take care of my wife who is in hospice care for brain cancer. I am her caregiver.

    2. Ann, gosh it has been a long time. I remember you, JR, and Wanda so well. Your dad kinda intimidated me for some reason…..maybe it was his bald head. I was talking to Larry and he said he met your dad at a garage/ estate sale. He told me your dad was told this guy wanted to buy your house and JR sold it on the spot. He also said he had talked with you and that you had lead a very interesting life. He mentioned you traveling by boat all over the place and doing all sorts of interesting things. Anyway, Larry was very impressed. I remember your mom getting me hooked on snicker doodles. Dang her cookies were good. I still love them even today. Appreciate your warm thoughts and kind words. Thanks, Ann

  11. David, Harley And Larry…
    I have found memories of our youthful years on Ong street . All The families looked out for one another and Mrs. Nimmo was very active and vocal keeping all the kids in line…. I clearly remember her chasing Harley but mainly Larry with a tree switch when he was being mischievous.
    David, as a senior leader, you we’re a real inspiration during my Sandie football years giving me encouragement to stick it out during two a day practices my junior year. I truly believe those years in Kids Inc and HS football under Coach Harper made me the man I am today. I’m truly sorry for your loss of Dana and Alfred. God bless you all !!!!!

    1. So good to hear from you Andy! Gosh, it has been a long time. I really appreciate you recognizing and remembering my mom. Recently I was going through mom’s old 35mm slides and looking at pictures of the Ong Street gang. We sure had a great upbringing. If we misbehaved, one of the mother’s would come out and discipline us. Margaret, Mildred, Wanda, Dana, etc. it did not matter, all the mother’s took care of us. I remember your dad taking me on a trip to the Whittenburg Ranch with him. Riding in that plane was such a treat. Thanks Andy for the memories. Best wishes to you Andy.

  12. Ann Johnson and I just exchanged messages about Dana a few days ago. Not knowing of her passing. Of all my childhood memories, she and her family were one of my best! She was someone that you knew loved you not matter how mad she would get at all the “Ong Street” kids. She helped my mother so much when she became a young widow with 3 young kids. I can’t tell you how many times I have thought about all of you in the last few years! Love and prayers to all of you. I am working on the east coast this week or would be there to see everyone. 🙏🏻

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