October 10, 1938 – April 3, 2022
Micheline “Mimi” Vedrine, 83, died Sunday, April 3, 2022, surrounded by her loving family.
Mimi has lived an amazing life. She was born in Paris, France to parents Emma and Georges Dagoreau. At 15, Mimi sadly lost her mother and sister. Her father struggled with being a single parent and Mimi was soon adopted by her strict but beloved aunt. Mimi started working at her aunt’s neighborhood cafe and quickly felt a sense of belonging, sharing her genuine and loving personality with everyone she met. Mimi met the love of her life, René, while working at the café. They married in 1960 and the following year the young couple welcomed their son, Patrick.
While in Paris, Mimi studied and learned the history of California, and had dreamed of one day living in the United States. In December 1962, Mimi’s dream came true! With 2 suitcases, $800, and their 18-month-old son, Mimi and René emigrated to the United States and made their first home in Southern California. Two years later, her daughter Valerie was born in Newport Beach. In 1968, Mimi attended cosmetology college and earned her license.
Mimi and Rene moved to Nevada City in 1970 and called it home for nearly 40 years. Mimi opened her first hair salon, “The Beauty Corral” in Grass Valley. Eager to become a US citizen, Mimi studied US history and proudly passed the required exams in 1975 and was granted US citizenship. As a businesswoman, Mimi was an active member of the Nevada County Soroptimist Club for many years. She also learned the art of porcelain painting (porcelain painting) and was thrilled to win numerous Nevada County Fair entries for her beautifully painted works.
Mimi also enjoyed her job as a waitress at “The Willo” steakhouse in Nevada City and felt grateful for the many friendships she formed with co-workers and customers while serving for more than 25 years. With her genuine and heartwarming personality, as well as her “joie de vivre”, people could hardly miss “the pretty little lady with the thick French accent” who greeted them at the restaurant. Although her words sometimes get lost in translation, she had a genuine ability to make you feel welcome and part of the family. Mimi was also strong-willed, independent, and known for sharing her opinions directly. His highly competitive nature was often on display while supporting his two favorite sports teams; the 49ers and the Warriors!
In 2011, Mimi and Rene moved to Livermore, California after Rene suffered a stroke. Mimi’s life changed quickly and although difficult at times, she adapted quickly and came to meet new friends. She had recently traveled to Hawaii just months before her death, which was her favorite and busiest destination.
Mimi will always be remembered for her loving and outgoing personality, her beauty, her courageous spirit, her love for animals and, above all, her love for her husband, children and grandchildren.
Mimi was predeceased by her husband René and her grandson Grayson. She is survived by her daughter Valerie, her son Patrick and her partner David, as well as her granddaughters Ashley and Vanessa.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2022 at 1 p.m. at the BrookMeadow Clubhouse, 450 Charlotte Common, Livermore, CA. Mimi loved all things Hawaiian and the family encourages bright colors. Guests are also invited to share favorite memories or stories. Questions regarding the celebration of life, email [email protected].
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Mimi Vedrine to the Exceptional Needs Network. PO Box 3149 Livermore, CA 94551 http://www.ennetwork.org 501c3 Nonprofit [Tax ID] 48-1301380