“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7.
On Thursday, July 30, 2020, Myrtle quietly slipped away from us to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at the age of 71 years old—three score and ten plus one.
Myrtle was the ninth child born to the union of the late Harold Mitchell Sr. and Julia Ross Mitchell on February 2, 1949 in Paulina La. Though she was a part of a large family, Myrtle’s personality would not let her be ignored. On July 19, 1959, she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at the young age of 10 and was baptized in the Mississippi River by the late William Taylor of the Israelite Baptist Church. Raised in a home with strong Christian values, she regularly attended church, Sunday School, vacation bible school and Wednesday night Bible study. She also honored her mother and father, as the Bible commands. She later moved her membership to New Zion Christian Center, where her brother Emil Dean Mitchell is the pastor.
Myrtle matriculated in the segregated St. James Parish Schools, attending Cypress Grove Elementary and High School. She graduated from Cypress Gross High School on May 26, 1968. After graduation, Myrtle enrolled in the Job Corp in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Myrtle moved to New Orleans as a young adult and worked a variety of jobs while there, including Schwegmann’s grocery store and Zulu Social and Pleasure Club. Myrtle held a variety of jobs throughout her lifetime, such as cashier, nurse’s aide, hostess, floral assistant, and construction jobs.
Myrtle’s life forever changed on September 3, 1977 when the apple of her eye, her son A’Darryl Dwayne Davis was born. Myrtle was a devoted, loving and dedicated mother—doing whatever she had to to provide for her son. She extended her motherly love to A’Darryl’s friends, her younger siblings and nephews.
Myrtle leaves to cherish her memories, her devoted son, A’Darryl Dwayne Davis, granddaughter Aedyn Benn, daughter-in-law Susan Smith, grandchildren-in-law Janiya and Jahyra Smith, sisters Beatrice M. Williams, Melba Mae Batiste, Rubenstein Clark, Marvel Ann and Julia Lee Mitchell and Angela Songy; brothers—Floyd and Rev. Emil Dean Mitchell; brothers-in-law—Reginald Clark and Malcolm Songy; sisters-in-law—Emily, Brenda, Cynthia and Beatrice Mitchell; godchildren Lorraine Porter and Emil Dean Mitchell, Jr., friend of the family Gay Pittman, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Harold Sr. and Julia Ross Mitchell, siblings Harold Jr., Gary, Morris, Herman and Julia Mitchell, brothers-in-law Howard Batiste and Abraham Williams Jr.
A public walk-through viewing will be held on Friday, August 7, 2020 at Treasures of Life Funeral Services, 315 E. Airline Highway, Gramercy, LA 70052 from 9am to 11am.
A private service will be held for immediate family at 11am. Interment to follow at St Joseph Catholic Church Cemetery, Paulina, LA. Final care has been entrusted to Treasures of Life Funeral Services, 315 E. Airline Highway Gramercy, LA 70052.
“When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a TREASURE!”
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