Phyllis E. Mitchell, 88, of Columbia City, passed away at 7:55 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010 at her home. Born Sept. 29, 1922 in Columbia City, she was a daughter of Victor and Hazlette (Brubaker) Phend.
She lived most of her life in Whitley County. She attended Larwill High School graduating with the Class of 1940. On Dec. 6, 1942, she married Walter E. Mitchell in Larwill. She was a housewife and mother and assisted with the family business, Mitchell’s Bait and Tackle in Columbia City for over 20 years. She also worked for FerroMagnetic’s for four years and at Blue Bell Factory for two years. She was a member of the Gospel Land Ministries, National Button Society, Indianapolis Post Card Club and the Findley Antique Bottle Club. She loved the Lord and had a very firm faith.
Survivors include her daughter, Katherine Anne (Richard) Ackley of Columbia City, Ind.; two sons, James Edward (Esmeralda) Mitchell of Upland, Calif. and Kevin Dale (Beverly) Mitchell of Columbia City; three sisters, Patricia “Pat” Reiff of Warsaw, Virginia Wiseman of Columbia City, and Shirley Weber of Rockville, Md; one brother, William H. (Connie) Phend of Fort Wayne; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren, four step-great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild due in March of 2011.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Walter E. Mitchell on May 30, 2006; sons, Patrick Allen Mitchell, 1948 and Michael E. Mitchell, May 26, 2007; and grandson, Michael W. Mitchell, Oct. 22, 1963.
Visitation is from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with Rev. Chris Thurow to officiate. Burial will follow at Greenhill Cemetery, Columbia City.
Memorials may be given in memory of Mrs. Mitchell to the Woodlands Senior Center, Columbia City. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To send condolences or sign the guest register, log onto www.demoneygrimes.com .