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Ethel Pearl Mitchell, 87, Chadwick, Missouri, passed away Thursday, April 14, 2005, in St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, Missouri.
Pearl was born December 26, 1917, in Garrison, Missouri, the daughter of Francis Marion and Montie (Black) Stevens. On September 13, 1937, Pearl was united in marriage to Clarence Mitchell and to this union one daughter and three sons were born.
Pearl lived her entire life in the Garrison – Chadwick area and was a long time member of the Garrison Baptist Church. She was a hard working woman who enjoyed gardening, cooking and sewing for her family, and being outdoors riding her 4-wheeler. Pearl was a very devoted and loving mother and grandmother. Ultimately she will be remembered for her love and dedication to her family. She touched the lives of everyone she ever met with her optimistic attitude and her love for life. The most cherished and best remembered times of her life have been the “togetherness” of her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Clarence, son-in-law Junior Melton, granddaughter Jackie Lee, two great-grandchildren, two sisters and six brothers.
Pearl is survived by her loving family; daughter Doris Braden and husband Manford of Sparta; three sons Larry Mitchell and wife Margie of Garrison, Garry Mitchell and wife Alice of Garrison, and Jerry Mitchell and wife Sharon of Chadwick; daughter-in-law Carol Mitchell; 17 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; 7 great-great grandchildren; along with a host nieces and nephews and many close friends.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 17, in Garrison Baptist Church under the direction of Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark, with Rev. Carl Thompson, Rev. Jonathan Mitchell and Rev. Troy Hull officiating. Burial followed in the Swansville Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Garrison Baptist Church.