Services for Edna "Joan" Mitchell, 77, of Flint will be on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. at Stewart Family Funeral Home with Bro. Sam DeVille, pastor of Flint Baptist Church, officiating.
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Burial will follow in Flint Cemetery in Flint under direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home.
Mrs. Mitchell passed away Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at The Hospice of East Texas in Tyler.
She was born Oct. 18, 1935, in Foreman, Ark., to Arvel and Clemmie Abney Dawson.
Joan graduated in 1953 as valedictorian of her class from Diamond Hill Jarvis High School in Fort Worth. Soon after graduation she began a family with her husband of 60 years, L.G. Mitchell. They raised two sons, Glenn and Jeff, and had the pleasure of two grandchildren, Kara and Chris. In addition to raising a family, she had a full working career and retired from Trane in 1998.
She was an avid sports fan with baseball being her favorite. Having grown up playing slow-pitch softball, she never lost the love for the sport. She never missed a Ranger game unless she had to be at church.
Mrs. Mitchell was a longtime active member of Flint Baptist Church where she had been a shining light and living example to all who had the privilege to know her.
Joan was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her loving family including her husband, L.G. Mitchell of Flint; sons, Jeffery Eugene Mitchell and wife Mickey of Austin and Glenn Stewart Mitchell of Flint; grandchildren, Kara Palomo and husband Nick of Pearland and Christian Mitchell of Corpus Christi; and sister, Inez Lewis of Gordonville.
Pallbearers will be Bob Ozment, Dan Moore, David Frederick, John Stokes, Nick Palomo and Marvin Snodgrass.
Honorary pallbearers will be Grady Grove and Chris Rinehart.
Visitation is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at Stewart Family Funeral Home, 7525 Old Jacksonville Highway, in Tyler.
If desired, memorials may be made to The Hospice of East Texas Foundation, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, 75701; Flint Baptist Church Building Fund, 11016 Farm-to-Market Road 346, Flint, 75762; or Wounded Warriors, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kan., 66675.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Jan. 18, 2013