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Joan Marie Mitchell

Thursday, May 10, 2012
6:00 PM until 8:00 PM
Smith & Sons Funeral Home
207 North Main Street
Columbia City, IN 46725

Friday, May 11, 2012
1:00 PM
Smith & Sons Funeral Home
207 North Main Street
Columbia City, IN 46725

Joan Marie Mitchell, 84, of Columbia City, died at 4:10 a.m. Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

She was born February 27, 1928 in Fort Wayne, Indiana a daughter of Roy Cuppy and Ruth (Besson) Stanley. She graduated from Washington Center High School and Warner Beauty College.

On November 1, 1952 she married Rolland W. Mitchell. They made their home in Indiana and California, returning to Whitley County in 1972. Mr. Mitchell died October 2, 1989.

A beautician for many years, she then worked as a lab tech at La Mirada Hospital in California and Linvill Clinic in Columbia City for many years.

Surviving relatives include her daughter, Beth (Carl) Pease of Columbia City; a son, Robin Mitchell of Warsaw; two granddaughters, Rachel Mitchell of Fort Wayne and Grace Mitchell of Indianapolis; three grandsons, Brent (Sara) Gorski of Columbia City, Kevin Gorski of Columbia City and Tim (TaNaya) Gorski of Kendallville; a step granddaughter and step grandson, Nikki (Doug) Whitting and Joey (Candy) Pease, all of Columbia City; four great grandsons, Austin, Seth & Gabriel Gorski of Kendallville and Noah Gorski of Huntington; a great granddaughter, Taylor Gorski of Columbia City; a step great granddaughter, Megan Whitting of Columbia City; two sisters, Margaret (Charles) Richard of South Whitley and Charlotte (Nathan) Turnbow of Churubusco; and five brothers, Charles Stanley of Columbia City, Robert (Virginia) Stanley of Columbia City, John (Roberta) Stanley of Goshen, Bill (Sally) Stanley of Fort Wayne and James (Kathy) Stanley of Delta OH.

She was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Jean & Dick Hanauer; a half sister, Helen Reddy; a sister-in-law, Elaine Stanley; and a granddaughter, Alicia Mitchell.

The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. The burial will be in South Whitley Cemetery. The visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to Humane Society of Whitley County.


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