Charlene LeMon Nimmo

charlene nimmo

May 21, 1938 ~ December 26, 2008

Resided in: Pueblo, CO

The Rev. Dr. Charlene LeMon Nimmo claimed her eternal promise on Dec. 26, 2008. She came into this life on May 21, 1938, in Hamilton, Ontario, the first child of the later Reverends Robert and Marie LeMon. She was serving as the Senior Pastor at Park Hill Christian Church, Pueblo, Colo., for the past 12 years, and died of a rare disease at the University of Colorado Medical Hospital in Aurora, Colo. Dr. Nimmo lived a full life. Graduating from Evangel University, Springfield, Mo. in 1960, she began teaching school. In addition to child rearing, interior design and gourmet cooking, her interests spread to politics and she ran for 'at large' seats for City Council and County Commissioner in Pensacola, Fla. Her faithful witness drew her to hear the call to the ordained ministry about 1983. She immediately equipped herself for a compassionate ministry with a Master of Divinity from Denver Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif. In addition to her pastorate at Park Hill, she pastored or co-pastored churches in Laramie, Wyo., Greeley, Windsor, Ault, and Salida, Colo. She was also a campus pastor at the University of Northern Colorado for two years. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Del Wayne Nimmo of Pueblo West; daughters, Christina Clapp of Loveland, her husband, Doug, and their two children, and Charity Chapman of West Hills, Calif. and her husband, Rob, and their two children. Rev. Nimmo is also survived by two brothers, Dr. Cal LeMon of Springfield, Mo. and Rev. Carl LeMon of Suffolk, Va. A celebration of her life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 3, at Park Hill Christian Church, 1401 E. 7th Street, Pueblo. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Park Hill Christian Church. Online condolences,

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  1. Christina and Charity,

    So sorry to read about the death of your mother. She was a wonderful woman. My thoughts and condolences are with the both of you,


  2. Dear Del,

    I was deeply saddened when I heard the news of your dear Charlene’s passing. I want you to know how much it means to me to even be in a position to offer you my condolences at this,one of life’s biggest times of transition. It has been a privilege and a blessing to have known both of you over the years. I hope to stay in close contact with you as you continue your life without her physical presence and your energies change focus to your daughter’s families and those wonderful grandchildren.

    I will call soon and bring you upto date on my situation, which is quite incredible, miraculous even.

    All the best,

    Dan Keefe

  3. Charlene touched and blessed so many. She will be greatly missed. May the comfort of our lord Jesus fill you with his glory and his peace, and the memories you hold deeply in your heart, give you strength. In Christ’s love, Bob & LaDean

  4. My condolences to the entire Nimmo family. I have enjoyed knowing and working with Charlene while in Ft.Collins. Full of energy and enthusiasm! She will be missed by many. In Christ, Alan and Dorothy Filippi

  5. Dear Del, Christina,Charity and Families,
    Charlene was an awesome child of God! We think of all she accomplished for the Lord, making use of her many talents and abilities. We admired her and will never forget the wonderful counseling she offered for our son, Ken. Please accept our deepest sympathy. We know there is a hole in your hearts and we pray for God’s comforting love to surround you in the coming days, months, and years.
    Love in Christ!
    Tom and Patsy

  6. Dearest Del and family:

    We don’t have the exact words to comfort you, but we know the Comforter who dwells in and alongside you. He knows how to help you through these times

    What a wonderful thought–Charlene is rejoicing in the presence of our Lord. “Well done,” she will hear. “You have been my faithful servant.”

  7. Dear Del, Christina, and Charity,
    Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to all of you as you struggle with your deep loss. Unfortunately, the Lord’s timing is not always our timing, but His love and comfort are sufficient to bring peace to our hearts.
    We fondly remember Charlene as a very intelligent, devout, and determined woman who accomplished her goals in spite of difficulties or setbacks. When a dilemma arose, she would let out a sigh, and then respond with something like “well, we must do something about that.” And “do” she did, whether it was caring for her family, supervising the construction of a church building, developing an adult education curriculum, attending seminary, seeking ordination, or serving as pastor of a church. Those in need brought out her compassion, concern, and assistance. Always she conveyed the love of Christ.
    You have lost a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. The world has lost a teacher, mentor, pastor and friend. Heaven has gained a faithful servant.
    May God bless you and give you His love, comfort, and peace.

  8. cha..i am so terribly sorry to hear of your loss.. your mom was an amazing women who was loved by many. I will be there on saturday..and you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers..much love to you..

  9. Dear Del and Family,
    We were just reminiscing those early college days when we both had little ones and were absolutely shocked to hear of Charlene’s early ‘home going.’ Our hearts go out to you, the girls and their families, and to all those who will miss the vibrant and vivacious gift God shared with us in the person of Charlene. Though it has been many years since we’ve been in touch, our memories are fond, indeed. May God’s love and the comfort of His Holy Spirit keep you in His Peace through the coming days, months and years.
    God bless,
    Lauretta and Jim Sinley

  10. I was recently at Ed Steinke’s
    funeral and was touched by Pastor
    Nimmo’s words during the service. I wanted to tell her how much it meant to me but couldn’t wait through
    the long line. I wish I had waited.

  11. Charity,

    I am very sorry for the loss of your mother. From reading the obituary and what people have signed in the guestbook, it sounds like she has touched so many lives for the better. Warmed my heart to read the comments.

    You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

    Much love,

  12. Dear Del Wayne, Christina, and Charity, I am truly sorry for your loss. Having lost my dad 3 1/2 years ago, I have some understanding of what you are going through. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. God is amazing and His peace truly does pass all understanding. The wonderful memories of Charlene will give you joy in the future. What a blessing she was. We will continue to lift you up in prayer during this very difficult time. May God Bless you and keep you,

  13. DelWayne and Family,
    We are so saddened to learn of the passing of Charlene. She was one of the kindest and independent women I knew. She was beautiful, adventuresome, and hospitable. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most sorrowful of times.

  14. Dale and family, my prayers are with you. It would seem that Charlene has been taken far too soon but how marvelous that you can trust the wisdom of God. As I read the other memories the evidence of her ministry and life is expressed in so many ways. The Lord has certainly used her since those long ago days at Evangel when we were friends and fellow students. I am grateful to have known her and you, also, Dale. May the peace of God that passes all understanding fill your hearts and minds.
    Bonnie Brewster

  15. Charity…So sorry to hear of your loss. We are thinking of you and your family during this difficult time and sending you our love and prayers.

  16. Del and Family,

    Charlene was a wonderful teacher. Her devotion to Christ Jesus and delivering his word is and will always be a blessing. She didn’t just preach the bible she put it into today’s context so I could truly understand the word of our Lord. I will sorrowfully miss her. I pray for divine comfort daily for each of you.

  17. Del and Brothers and Sisters of Parkhill Christian,

    What a privilege to know and serve with Charlene. Her faithfulness, energy, vision, intelligence, and compassion were a gift to us all. Pueblo has been blessed to have you two there. I send the love of many in the Disciples of Christ who share both my grief and appreciation. “Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up on wings as eagles, they will run and not be weary and walk and not faint.” Rev. Dr. Mark W. Pumphrey–dedicated at the Parkhill Christian Church in 1949–Now serving South Broadway Christian Church in Denver.

  18. Del and family,
    Thank you for the gift of Charlene. When I needed the most support after the deaths of the Catholic priests, she called me at Bethel UMC and offered her support to me and the eastside community. She again was supportive as Bethel began its transition to its new ministry with First UMC. Her heart and love of the Lord was witnessed in the growth and nurturing of your faith community. I and others will miss her.
    Rose Vest, former staff member,Bethel United Methodist

  19. Del and Family, we share our prayers and blessings upon hearing of Charlene’s sudden illenss and death. We praise God for her ministry and pray your good memories will be sources of strength in the months and years to come. Shirley & Don Brewer, Tennyson Center for Children at Colorado Christian Home

  20. Dear Del and Family,

    We were so sorry to read about Charlene’s death. Even though it has been many years since we knew each other (old First Christian days) we will never forget this articulate and sharp lady with the gorgeous hair. We know you will miss your wife, mom and grandmother.

    Jim and Sharon Hartman

  21. Charity – Your Mom was a strong, driven, chic, special lady…and you share so many of her best qualities! My Dad and brothers and I all have your whole family in our prayers during this incredibly difficult time…you have been so supportive of us since our own amazing Mom was taken from us suddenly just over a year ago. I also remember your Mom praying for us all during those darkest of days, and we are now keeping your family close at heart as well. It’s devastating to have to lose someone — especially your MOM — so suddenly, and when they had so much living left to do. And your journey now can often feel overwhelming. Just try to take good care of yourselves…take one day at a time and hold onto each other. You will help each other to find ways to move forward, while always keeping special memories of your Mom just as alive as her love and her spirit. We understand much of what your family is going through…we are here for you. And Chair, remember – our Moms will ALWAYS be with us!! LOVE YOU

  22. Pastor Charlene was such an inspiring person. She always greeted with a smile and inspiring words of encouragement. The energy she gave off was always welcoming and understanding. She was an amazing beautiful person and I am blessed to have known her. She will be dearly missed and her memories will always hold a special place in my heart.

  23. Charlene’s life was an inspiration to many of us. She had a beautiful family and she poured herself into her work of service for others. At First Christian Church in Fort Collins, she handled many responsibilities including Sunday School management and coordinating the complex construction of a new facility. She did all this while retaining her interest in community affairs. We remember her with admiration and respect. Our love goes out to her family in this time of loss.

  24. Pastor Charlene – a beautiful lady with lots of love to give. Thank you for the love you gave to me and to my children, Julie and DJ Polivka, while we attended your Sunday morning services at Park Hill Christian Church. You will be greatly missed by all.
    Sincerely, Cheryl (Polivka) Bowman

  25. Charlene is one of God’s true Angels! Her love flowed through completely.My heart felt sympathy to the family as well as the church family. Her presence will be greatly missed but the tremendous witness she gave & the seeds that she sowed will remain forever. To know her was to love her. Thank you Charlene, for the down to earth human love & kindness you so freely gave to all that you came in contact with.You truly lived your title, Pastor Charlene Nimmo.

  26. Charlene was a member of my high school class and was always a joy to be with and fun to know. We were fortunate that she and her Husband were able to attend our 50th high school reunion and to see her again.

  27. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for you and your family. After 50 years of searching I felt blessed to have spent some quality time with Charlene at the Reunion. Thank you for your letter and allowing me to offer my condolences.


  28. DelWayne,

    Monica and I were so sad to hear of Charlene’s passing. She was a wonderful person, a great minister of the gospel, and a special friend to us, as are you. Our responsibilities elsewhere prevented us from attending the memorial service, and we have only now found the time to write. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your two lovely daughters. When we finally get back to Colorado permanently (in June), I hope we can get together.

  29. Shortly after moving to fort collins when I was about 10 years old we moved next door to the Nimmo’s. They were wonderful caring people and I remember petsitting for them and going to church with Del and Charlene. I was shocked to learn of her passing on the Coloradoan. I send my thoughts and prayers with her family.

  30. Del and Family:
    Based on my own experience, I understand that this is a very difficult time for you and your family and that your hearts are broken. The passing of a loved one is a surreal event that defies any attempts to understand or explain. We can only trust that the passing of Charlene is part of God’s plan which will be revealed to us when we are all in His presence. God bless you and your family.


    Paul Radcliff

  31. Dear Del and Charity,

    We wish to extend our condolences on your loss. We remember all of you as a wonderful, energetic family here in Fort Collins. Del on the CSU Campus, Charity in her many school activities with our daughter Serena Hendon Gentry, and your very active mother/wife. Thanks to all of you for making this a better world. Sincerely, Bob and Willene Hendon

  32. Charity:

    I’m sorry I could not be there in person with you and your family on Saturday to celebrate your Mother’s amazing and wonderful life. My thoughts and prayers were with you that day and will remain with you and your family in the coming months and years. Love, Dave

  33. Del and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Charlene’s passing. She was a wonderful and inspirational pastor and will be greatly missed. I will always remember her warm and welcoming smile. You all are in my thoughts and prayers, may God bless you.

  34. Hi Del: It was so sad to hear the passing of Charlene. I always remembered you two as a loving and great couple. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May our Lord and Savior give you peace and comfort in this trying time. Bond “Buzz” Bayse

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