LELIA AUGUSTA MITCHELL
Lelia Augusta Mitchell, age 79, of Milton, FL, formerly of Cantonment, FL, went to be with her Lord on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 11, 2014. She was born March 7, 1935 in Mobile, AL, to the late Charles Roscoe Dodge and Aline Dodge.
Lelia was a United States Air Force Veteran and worked for many years at NAS Pensacola as a clerk typist. While serving in the Air Force she met the love of her life, James Mitchell, they married and started a family. She learned several different languages, Spanish, Russian and French, from taking classes at UWF. Lelia collected teddy bears and at one time probably had over 1,000 in her collection. She loved gospel music, being a member of Campus Church and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
On July 4, 1955 Lelia's life changed forever, her beloved James was killed in an automobile accident leaving her with two young children to raise alone. She never remarried and made a life for herself and the children by applying herself to her work, studies, and the care of her children.
Survivors include her son, James "Jim" (Shirley) Mitchell of Milton, FL; her daughter, June Lepley of Kanab, Utah; three beloved grandchildren, Daniel (Erin) Williams, Amanda Williams and Melissa (Taylor) Owens; and six beloved great grandchildren, Cameron Williams, Daniel Williams, Brittany Read, Anna Owens, Elizabeth Owens and Charlie Eden Owens.
A Homegoing Celebration will be Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 3 PM at Eastern Gate Memorial Funeral Home with Pastor Josh Burdick officiating. Interment will follow in Eastern Gate Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 2 PM until the service hour at the funeral home. Condolences may be made to the family at www.easterngatememorial.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family has arranged for contributions in Lelia Mitchell's honor to be accepted by the Pensacola Christian College Business Office to benefit students in need.
Eastern Gate Memorial Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.