|Birth: ||Jul. 3, 1954|
Los Angeles County
|Death: ||Aug. 21, 2008|
On July 3, 1954, the ninth child of ten was born to Rev. Jesse and Frances Paulette Mitchell, and graced this world with all her Heavenly Father's blessing. Debra was in a class all to her own. This shy, good-hearted woman was a wonderful wife and mother, photographer, and a pillar of strength and love to all who knew her. She passed away on Thursday, August 21, 2008. She was 54 years old.
In youth, Debra was head strong and knew what she wanted from life. when asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, her response was, "All I want to be is a wife and mother." At the age of four, a young boy caught Debra's eye. She approached that young boy, who was only eight years old at the time, and told him, "When they grown up, they would be married..." and years later, they were.
In December 1973, she married that young boy, who had grown into a tall young man. His name was Mr. Marvin Griffin. Their relationship was one-of-a-kind. Their union produced three beautiful daughters. And like all great romances of our time, they lived through many trials and tribulations-Marvin's own fight with cancer, and the death of Debra's mother, father, and the death of her sister, Dorothy Bradley. Despite their difficulties, their love lasted twenty-one years and only ended with Marvin's untimely death.
Debra's youth brought about more than just her love for Marvin. At the age of eight, Debra's Aunt Maggie gave her a Brownie Camera, which sparked an interest in photography. After passing her time being a good wife, and raising her children and preparing them for adulthood, Debra revisited one of her early loves and enrolled at Long Beach City College to study photography. In 2002, she earned an Associates of Arts Degree from Long Beach City College, graduating with a 4.0 GPA. Through Debra's photographic eye, she has delivered beautiful works of art such as: The African American Mother and Child Series.
After her taste of success, Debra was hungry to do more but was delayed. In 2005, Debra was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. Defiant and unfazed by the news, Debra forged new trails to blaze. A Journey to Wellness-
A Series of Collective Thoughts, was composed during treatment and published. This book was written solely as inspiration and hope for women fighting in the same arena. She wanted to reach out to help, if not by standing at their side, by sharing the experiences of her own personal fight with the disease.
Debra's grand love for life, family and friends has been an inspiration to all who knew her. People were her business and she profited lovingly.
This woman, wife, mother grandmother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend, was kind, loving, compassionate and absolutely inspiring. Debra will be missed by many and survived by all-her daughters, granddaughter, step-children and their children, in mourning her surviving siblings; Revonia J. Truby, Frances J. Hoxie, Tommie R. Mitchell, David D. Mitchell, and Marla D. Mitchell, great nieces and nephews. last but not least, every soul she touched, cheek she kissed, hand she held and every call she made just to say "hello"-all will be remembered.
We asked Debra once, "How did you get through all the obstacles life threw at you without complaint?" She smiled, kissed our cheeks and said, "Baby I'm grounded in gratitude!"
Jesse Edgar Mitchell (1914 - 1984)
Frances Mae Paulett Mitchell (1917 - 1981)
Johnny Roy Mitchell (1951 - 1972)*
Debra Diane Mitchell Griffin (1954 - 2008)
Riverside National Cemetery
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Record added: Oct 16, 2010
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