“Minnie lived life to the fullest and brightened the world for all who knew her.”
Minnie Lee Weathersbee Altizer passed away peacefully at her home in Del Rio TX on July 7, 2021 at the age of 91. She was born in Del Rio, TX December 31, 1929, to Hazel Whitehead and W.E. Weathersbee. Minnie attended Del Rio schools and Sullins College in Bristol, Virginia.
In 1953, as a young lady, Minnie was a Duchess to the Battle of Flowers in San Antonio. She was an accomplished tennis player, was fluent in Spanish, and was a lifelong rancher with her mother, Hazel, and later with her husband, Jim Bob.
In October 1953, Minnie married Jim Bob Altizer and they began their ranch life together. Minnie joined the Altizer Family in their love of rodeo and traveled all over the United States making hundreds of lifelong friends. Minnie and Jim Bob raised children, Mack and Sherry, on the ranch where Minnie loved to hunt, check on livestock with her beloved dogs, and entertain friends.
As Mack and Sherry began junior rodeoing, Minnie hauled them many a mile and was their biggest supporter. In later years, she continued to encourage them in their careers. Anyone at a rodeo attended by Minnie always knew that she had ample clothes, hats, spurs, raincoats, or anything else needed in the back of her vehicle.
Minnie was a charitable person and loved contributing to the Val Verde 4-H programs and the annual livestock auction, as well as St. James Episcopal Church. She was also a Director of the Whitehead Museum in Del Rio.
Preceding Minnie in death were her parents Hazel and W.E, husband Jim Bob, sisters-in-law Ora Riggs and Blanche Smith, brother-in-law Bud Smith, great niece Stevie Smith, and first cousins Will F. and George Whitehead.
Family left to cherish Minnie’s memory include son Mack Altizer, daughter Sherry Ingham and husband Ben; granddaughters Steely Kelly (Jacob), and Stella Ingham; twin great granddaughters Adleigh Rose Kelly and Ainsley Altizer Kelly; nieces Ada Lee Robbins(John Ed), Jackie Bob Cox (George), nephews Olie Smith and Jim Smith; great nieces JJ Laney (Chance), Sterling Smith, Kelsey Dean (children Kiley, Klacey, and Ryker)
Minnie’s family offers thanks to caregivers Armendina Salazar and Evangelina Enriquez; right hand man Frankie Studar and longtime employee Armando Mireles.
A memorial service for Minnie will be held Monday, July 12th, at 10:30 a.m., at St. James Episcopal Church in Del Rio. Lunch will be served after the service at the Whitehead Museum.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Whitehead Museum, Val Verde 4-H Shooting Sports, or to a favorite charity.