Alice Louise Mitchell, daughter of the late Edgar “Ed” and Eugenia “Eugie” Mitchell was born in Hanover County, VA on October 11, 1926, however she celebrated her birthday on October 12th. She departed this life Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at Parham Healthcare & Rehabilitation in Henrico, VA.
At an early age she was converted, baptized and became a member of Bethany Baptist Church in Montpelier, VA. She was a faithful member and served her church well. Alice was a member of the Gospel Chorus and The Sanctuary Choir until she could no longer stand while singing. She also was a member of the Hospitality Ministry where she loved cooking and assisting in the kitchen in any way needed. Her quiet spirit and silent faith in her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, allowed her to humble herself and provide comfort to others.
The fifth child of seven siblings, Alice was born, raised and resided on the family homestead which was part of a plantation called Rug Swamp, acquired by her grandfather nearly 150 years ago. As a child, her responsibility on the farm was cooking in the kitchen with her mother. She attended Hanover County Public Schools where she recalls walking 2 miles to school in her early years. After graduating from the Hanover County Training School, Alice attended the Loving School of Tailoring and worked in Washington, DC and Falls Church, VA before settling back in Montpelier. Most of her career she worked in the laundry industry, where she was employed by the Ashland Laundry & Dry Cleaners. For a short period she worked for Ted Lansing Supply Company before retiring from National Linen in 1992
After retiring, Alice devoted her time working the garden, canning, making delicious pear preserves and her signature candied yams and sweet potato pies which everyone raved about. She loved flowers and having her yard looking beautiful was of upmost importance. Not only did she keep her yard looking immaculate, but she was known as the grounds keeper for the entire “Mitchell Compound”. When she finished her yard, she would move on to Roddy’s and Byron’s yard, planting flowers, weeding beds and simply keeping the estate looking well-manicured. She was known for her beautiful Calla Lilly flower beds which was admired by all who passed by.
Alice was a member of the Montpelier Women’s Club and the West Hanover Senior Citizens. She enjoyed socializing with the ladies attending the meetings and other events. She enjoyed traveling and taking family vacations. She has traveled to Florida, California, cruised the Caribbean Island and marveled at the Icy Glaciers of Alaska. One of her most memorable vacations she often talked about was the one to New England where Amber at about 7 years old told her not to be afraid to go on a Whale Watching Tour. She passed up the offer and elected to remain on shore.
Alice was a devoted daughter, sister, and aunt. She was a kind hearted and loving individual, always willing to do her part. She was a person of few words, but when she spoke or gave advice, you knew it was based on sound judgement. Her smile was infectious and will be truly missed.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two sisters, Berthenia Giles and Lillie Clarke and three brothers, Thomas “Ralph”, Ernest and Andrew “Tennie” Mitchell. She leaves to cherish her memories, a devoted sister, Edna M. Jenkins; two devoted nephews and their wives, Roddy G. and Jeanette Mitchell and Byron and Terry Jenkins; a devoted great nephew, Jamill Jenkins, one sister in law, A. Elizabeth Mitchell; multi-generations of other nieces and nephews; two special cousins, Nancy Winston and Mamie Johnson and a host of other beloved relatives and friends.
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