Jimmie Lou Aquino, 96, passed away on June 18, 2023 in Emmett, Idaho. Jimmie Lou was born on October 15, 1926 in Waldron, Arkansas to James Madison Hooper and Mary Paralee Millsap.
She met and married George Arthur Aquino on June 12, 1942 in Los Angeles, California at the age of 15.
Jimmie Lou grew up in Arkansas and California. She learned hard work from an early age. She and her husband worked at Disneyland in the first years it was opened and she was the first ever Minnie Mouse. George and Jimmie Lou later owned and operated an ambulance service in Orange County, CA. Jimmie Lou was an incredible fisherwoman and was a part of The Lady Anglers. She made all her own hooks and baited them herself. Later they moved to Emmett, Idaho and began a life of farming.
Jimmie Lou taught her grandchildren to ride horses and traveled around the state taking them to horse shows, gymkhanas, and rodeos. She was an excellent seamstress and made many of her children’s clothes and later her grandchildren’s rodeo outfits. Jimmie Lou was an excellent cook, a skill that she learned from her mother. Her husband, George, died from cancer in 1985. She was a very capable businesswoman; she owned 3 video stores and later got her contractor’s license and built homes. Jimmie Lou lived independently at home with her two dogs until a week before her death.
Jimmie Lou was preceded in death by her parents, James Madison Hooper and Mary Paralee Millsap; her spouse, George Arthur Aquino and her daughter, Mary Louise Snow.
She was survived by her sons, George Arthur Aquino Jr. “Ted” and Richard Lee Aquino; 7 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will take place at 10:00 AM on Monday, June 26, 2023 at the Potter Funeral Chapel in Emmett. Viewing will be prior to the start of services. Burial will follow at the Emmett Cemetery.