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 Georgia <I>Pettiford</I> Mitchell

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Georgia Pettiford Mitchell

Birth
Roxboro, Person County, North Carolina, USA
Death 4 Apr 2019 (aged 104)
Durham, Durham County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Durham, Durham County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 210114321 View Source

Georgia Pettiford Mitchell, the oldest and last survivor of 10 children born to Jeff and Viola Cameron Pettiford, was born in Roxboro, NC on July 8, 1914 and recently celebrated her 104th birthday.

She married Levi Mitchell on October 22, 1933 and moved to Durham, NC where four children were born to the union. Her husband and two children, the eldest Doris Richardson and the youngest Marshall Mitchell, predeceased her.

In Durham, Georgia worked with Meals on Wheels and the Crop Walk Project, selling over 5000 tee shirts “to end hunger one step at a time”. She was an avid flower and plant lover and raised hybrid African violets by planting the roots of different species together.

After the last of her four children entered school, she worked many years as an elevator operator in a large department store and retired as a switchboard operator from Hanes House at Duke University in Durham. She moved to Kingwood to live with her daughter, Bernice, after suffering a massive stroke in 2014. Given three days to live by her doctors, following the stroke, she lived to celebrate four birthdays.

A member of the Blackfoot Indian Tribe, her paternal grandfather died at the age of 101. She was an amazing cook and always prepared enough food in case there were unexpected visitors. She finished the eighth grade, but taught all of her kids to read. A favorite memory is her singing all of the verses of “Silent Night” and reciting the “Midnight Ride of Paul Revere” to her children at bedtime, both from memory.

She leaves to mourn her passing, a daughter Bernice Satterwhite of Kingwood, TX, a son Levi Mitchell, Jr. of Petersburg, VA , 8 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren, 2 sisters-in law, many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.


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