Elizabeth “Liz” Mitchell, 77, of Colquitt, Ga., passed away Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at her daughter's home in Springfield, Ga., after a brief, serious illness, where she was cared for by her daughter, Wendy, with assistance from Hospice of Savannah. She was Methodist by faith, serving faithfully in the Methodist Church for many years.
Liz was born in Brunswick in l936 during the height of The Great Depression. Her early childhood was during World War II. Her teenage years were in the vibrant 1950s. Being raised and living on the Georgia coast, she enjoyed taking her children to the beach and the local seafood. She married Floyd Mitchell in 1959. She made sure her children were raised in the Christian faith and encouraged them to learn to play piano and sing.
When her husband, Floyd, became a Methodist minister in 1969, in the South Georgia Conference, her family moved from Brunswick to several different towns throughout the years. To support her husband's ministry for over 40 years, she took on the roles of church pianist, adult choir leader, children, youth, and adult Sunday school teacher, vacation Bible school organizer, she began numerous children's choirs, sewed and organized gift “ditty” bags filled with comfort items for Vietnam soldiers, and took on whatever other roles were needed in support of their ministry in The United Methodist Church. She did not just see herself as a minister's wife, but that of a partner in the ministry. When her husband went on mission trips to build churches, orphanages, and dig wells, she would go with him, learning enough Spanish to volunteer to hold Bible studies for children, teaching them to sing songs about Jesus Christ.
She loved to cook, baking cakes and goodies that were enjoyed, and praised, by family and friends. She loved to sew and crochet by hand. Throughout the years, she made many stuffed dolls, stuffed animals, and clothing for her family. Her 13-layer chocolate and caramel cakes and homemade “Raggedy-Ann” dolls were highly prized. When she visited family members or friends, she never showed up without a gift from her kitchen or sewing room. She cared for everyone she met and knew, and would always remind them that “Jesus loves you.”
It is with this assurance that Jesus and her partner in the ministry, Floyd, were standing at Heaven's Gate to welcome Liz to Glory. She has finally seen the face of Jesus that she longed to see, and has heard Jesus say, “Well done, thy good and faithful servant.”
Liz was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Rev. E. Floyd Mitchell; son, Douglas Mitchell; and her parents, Robert H. and Gladys Woods.
She is survived by four children, E. F. “Gene” (Teresa) Mitchell, Jr., Jonathan (Nicole) Mitchell, Wendy Mitchell, and Melissa “Maggie” Romigh; eight grandsons and one granddaughter; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Alan and Bobby; and a sister, Mary.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at Cook's Union United Methodist Church in Colquitt, Ga., with Rev. Jackie Gordon and Rev. Gary Morris officiating, and Rev. Rick Mitchell leading the music. Interment followed in Cook's Cemetery.