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September 13, 2023
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Viola Mitchell, 73, of Springfield, Massachusetts, departed this life on Wednesday, September 13, 2023, at Baystate Medical Center, in Springfield, surrounded by her family.
Viola was born in Shelby, North Carolina, the youngest child born to the late Amaziah and Harvine (Booker) Mitchell. She lived in Shelby for many years, attending schools there until she relocated to Springfield. Viola graduated from Cambridge College in Springfield. She worked for over thirty years as an Administrative Assistant Secretary for ISO New England in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Viola was a loving mother and friend who loved to cook and clean, always finding something to do around the house until her failing health prevented her from doing so. She loved spending time with family, always caring and providing for others, putting others before herself. She was a giver! If she had it, and could do it, she would, even if it meant she would go without herself.
Viola had a beautiful smile and enjoyed dining out and shopping and living life to the fullest, until her health problems she just couldn’t do it anymore. She will truly be missed, but will always be in our hearts.
Viola was pre-deceased by four brothers, Johnny Booker, Willie R., Mitchell, James O. Mitchell, and Cleamous Mitchell, seven sisters, Mary Jean Walters, Connie Mae Logan, Annie Ruth Littlejohn, Bernice Mitchell, Barbara Ann Campbell, Katherine Mitchell, and Sara White.
Viola is survived by her one and only son, Anthony Mitchell of Springfield; a granddaughter, Madisyn Mitchell; a nephew, Paul, whom she helped take care of and raised after the passing of his mother; her lifelong partner, Wallace Barnes; a brother, George Mitchell (and Gail); and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends to cherish her memories and to mourn her loss.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday September 28, 2023, at Harrell Funeral Home.