Barbara Jane Mitchell

December 26, 1936 - July 29, 2010
Barbara Jane Mitchell

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Barbara J. Mitchell of Flat Rock, died at home on July 29. She was born in Port Arthur Texas on Dec. 26 1936, the daughter of Eugene and Mertie (Marler) Johnson. She grew up in Nederland Texas and was a graduate of Nederland High School and Texas Womanís University. She married right after her college graduation and moved to Highland Park, N.J. She taught in the New Brunswick NJ High School for 3 years and moved to Manalapan, NJ to raise her children. In later years, she was a bookstore manager and managed the Manalapan Shopping Mall. Throughout the years, she enjoyed a variety of hobbies including painting and genealogical research which took her on several memorable trips through the southeast researching her family history. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Freehold, NJ and cherished the years spent in her Phoebe Circle.

She and her husband moved to Flat Rock, NC 13 years ago, where she built the home of her dreams, and she became active in the Joseph McDowell chapter of the DAR, serving as its Regent, the Asheville Chapter of the UDC and the Asheville Chapter of the Colonial Dames of the XVII Century. She and her husband enjoyed attending concerts in Brevard and bringing family members to outdoor summer performances whenever possible.

She was a member of Hendersonvilleís First United Methodist Church.

She leaves her husband, William S. Mitchell, a son, Christopher Mitchell of Cary, Illinois, a daughter, Kathryn DiStasi and her husband John of Dunwoody GA, four granddaughters, Julia and Olivia Mitchell of Fox River Grove Illinois, and Victoria and Meredith DiStasi of Dunwoody GA. She also leaves a sister, Clytie Crawford and niece Jean Martin both of Kountze, Texas and a beloved cousin Delilah Gregory of Lumberton, Texas.


Tuesday, August 3, 2010
12:00 AM

First United Methodist Church, Brunson Chapel - Directions
204 6th Ave W
Hendersonville, NC 28739

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  • August 03, 2010
    Array says:

  • August 09, 2010
    Randy and Angela Sanchez says:
    Dear Bill and Family, Our prayers are with you at this sad time. We both have fond memories of Barbara and we are so sad to hear of her passing. God bless, Randy and Angela

  • August 08, 2010
    Jennifer Sargent Byrd says:
    I am so sorry and yet soooo shocked on Barbara passing. I am very sad as we made sooo much progress in getting stronger. She would sing hymns a lot and look forward to playing with her grandchildren. That was our goal together! I LOVED HEr SO MUCH! We would talk about how I took my ASVAB at Ft. Monmouth,NJ and grew up in NJ. Our paths crossed big time!

  • August 07, 2010
    Laura says:
    Cynthia, Sorry for the loss of your mother in law and the girls' grandmother.

  • August 04, 2010
    Melissa Wilks says:
    Dear Kate, John, Victoria and Meredith, You are in my thoughts during this tough time. Much love, Melissa Wilks