Eleanor Celia Mitchell

Monday, March 29, 2021

Eleanor Celia Mitchell, age 87, of Washburn, Missouri, passed away on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, at Mercy Hospital in Cassville. Mrs. Mitchell, daughter of Carroll and Bessie (Smith) Miles, was born on October 22, 1933, in Toledo, Ohio. She was a 1951 Southwest High School graduate, and subsequently went on to continue her education at Central Missouri State College in Warrensburg; making her one of the first woman in Barry County to attend. On September 23, 1969, she was united in marriage to Johnie Mitchell; he preceded her in death on November 2, 2020. Eleanor and Johnie shared a love that only some can imagine having, and during their marriage they raised and loved a combined total of eleven children.

Eleanor enjoyed playing the piano, singing, sewing, and cooking; she was especially famous for making the best banana bread. She was proud of her family and they all were important to her. One of her most treasured pastimes was having everyone over and cooking a meal for all of them. Eleanor loved to give, and especially at Christmas time; she always made sure that everyone had a special gift.

Eleanor had different jobs from washing and ironing for others, carrying the mail and cooking at the hospital, but she enjoyed the most being a wife, mother and serving her Lord and Savior; she never missed the opportunity to spread His word. She and Johnie were the founding members of Spring Valley Ministries in Washburn, where friendships were made, and many souls saved. Eleanor will be remembered for so many thoughtful things, especially her birthday calendars that she gave out yearly with everyone’s birthday on it, handwritten with love by her.

Survivors include five sons, Larry Wright and his wife Jean, and John Mitchell and his wife Beverly, all of Washburn, Roger Wright and his wife Michelle, of Foyil, Oklahoma, Lloyd Mitchell and his wife Okcha, of Collinsville, Oklahoma, and Dean Mitchell and his wife Janet, of Jacksonville, Florida; three daughters, Della Watts and her husband Joe, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Caroline Sadra-Momtaz, of Purdy, and Reverend Jacquline Litchfield and her spouse Nick Misenheimer, of Jacksonville, Arkansas; twenty-three grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Mike Miles and his wife Joyce, of Washburn; two sisters, Barbara Ruark and her husband Kenneth, of Washburn, and Kay Carr and her husband Sam, of Rose, Oklahoma; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Eleanor was preceded in death by three sons, Jerry, Marvin and Melvin Mitchell two grandsons George and Christopher; one granddaughter Cecilia; and four brothers, Cecil, Charles, Albert “Little Jimmy”, and Fred Miles.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at the White Funeral Home and Crematory, with Evangelist John Hile officiating; cremation arrangements will follow.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 30th at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Eleanor to the Alzheimer’s Association and entrusted to the White Funeral Home, P.O. Box 890, Cassville, MO, 65625.

Service and cremation arrangements are under the direction of the White Funeral Home and Crematory, Cassville, Missouri.