Vee Minard

Minard, Vee (McQueen)

Greece: Vee was born in Collins Mississippi in 1924 and passed away peacefully at Highland Hospital on December 12, 2017. She was preceded in death by husbands Paul I. Smith and Sherman J. Minard, her parents, and eleven siblings. Survivors include beloved daughters Paula Vee Smith and Constance Lynn Smith, many nieces, nephews and friends. Vee loved children and dogs. For more information about Vee please visit

Vee’s visitation will be Friday 2-4 & 7-9 at the Funeral Home, 1411 vintage Lane (Between 390 & Long Pond Rd.). Her Funeral Service will be celebrated Saturday 1 PM at the Funeral Home. Her Burial will be taking place in Collins, MS. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Verona Street Animal Society, 184 Verona St., Rochester, NY 14608 in Vee’s memory.

Vee was born July 14, 1924 to her parents Peter Vander & Alna McQueen in Collins, MS. She was one of 12 children growing up.

Peter (or Vander as he was called) & Alna’s oldest child was 27 years older than their youngest. The McQueen family home was a busy place with 12 children. Vander & Alna worked diligently to be able to support their family. Every child had what they needed. Every relative or neighbor in need was welcomed and helped….and usually fed! Through their efforts their home was never lacking and was always filled with love.

Vee graduated from Collins High School and began working at Camp Shelby in nearby Hattiesburg . This is where she would meet her first husband Paul Smith, a Master Sargent temporally stationed at Shelby. Their courtship was brief, and they were soon married.

Moving to Michigan after the War, the two went on to have two children of their own, Paula Vee & Constance Lynn Smith. Their small home was the hub of activity for the neighborhood children. Paul taking all the kids on winter hayrides for Paula’s Christmastime birthday, Vee as a Girl Scout Troop Leader could regularly be found in the kitchen preparing treats.

While working at Drumlins Country Club in Syracuse, Vee met Sherman Minard in 1965. The two became friends and were married in 1968. Sherm was a WWII vet, having served in the Navy. The two loved playing cards and entertaining the neighborhood children. Their large kitchen table filled with kids, cards, games and of course …Vee’s famous food and homemade snacks.

Vee always looked forward to spending the holidays with family. She would meticulously decorate her home and cooking for her family, which was never a chore as she always looked forward to sharing her efforts in the kitchen to make the holidays a little bit more special for her family.

When it came to cooking, Vee was excellent. It was important to her in making that extra special effort to make everything perfect. Everyone looked forward to her homemade apple pies and fried chicken and many other dishes.

Vee enjoyed spending time in her garden around her home. She could be found tending to the many different flowers throughout her yard. She also enjoyed playing Bridge. Taking it up late in life, she studied strategy and could be found reading up on the best way to play her hand. She eventually became a Life Master at playing Bridge. She also found great comfort in decorating and making her house a home.

Vee enjoyed animals; she loved her two little dogs Lola and Lucy, music and watching TV. Her favorite musicians included Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney. TV shows she looked forward to watching and sharing with her daughters included; Shark Tank, Forensic Files, Jeopardy & Wheel of Fortune.

Even after all the years that Vee lived in the North East she never lost all of her southern accent. Thankfully, she never lost her Southern charm either. Her favorite way to refer to the people she knew and loved was to call them “honey.”

Vee was meticulous. The presentation of her clothing, home, meals cooked for family and friends and everything she did in her life was always top notch. She prided herself in doing everything to the very best of her ability.

She was hardworking, extremely organized, and had a remarkable memory. She found an inner drive to always do things well and always, always by the rules. She valued honesty above all else. If Vee was your friend, you had a friend for life who would always stand by you. Her love of life and drive were to be admired. She will truly be missed by all who knew and loved her.

The Daughters wish to thank the Woodside Manor staff for the dedicated care they gave to Vee for the past two years.