Eudora Louise (Cole) Mitchell, 91, of Delaware, passed away on February 14, 2021 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. She was born on December 26, 1929 in Delaware Ohio to the late Kenneth and Lena Cole.
A lifetime resident of Delaware, Eudora graduated from Willis High School in 1948. She and her high school sweetheart, Thomas Albert Mitchell married on June 29, 1949. During their marriage, Thomas and Eudora established T.A. Mitchell Rentals which they managed together before handing the responsibilities to their children. After 68 years of a loving marriage, Thomas “Tom” preceded her in death in 2017.
At an early age, Eudora discovered a love of music. She played the clarinet in the high school orchestra and marching band and later taught herself to play the piano, organ, soprano and alto saxophones and even the accordion. As a young woman, she sewed clothes for her daughters and taught them to sew, and for several years, served as a leader in the local 4-H club. She was a faithful member of the Victory Seventh-Day Adventist church where for many years she served as Sabbath School superintendent and church pianist. She encouraged her children to sing and play musical instruments and often organized them into ensembles to visit nursing homes in the community to play and sing together with the patients.
Eudora was a devoted wife and mother and loved her family and friends. She is survived by seven children: Teresa (Otis) Rodgers of Willis, MI; Diana (Thearthur) Little of Pembroke Pines, FL; Janice (Jackie) Fort of Ashley; Eudora Faye Mitchell of Delaware; Yvonne Mitchell (Glenn Perkins) of Blacklick; Thomas (Valerie) Mitchell, IV of Ostrander; Steven (Francine) Mitchell of Mt. Pleasant, SC. She leaves behind 18 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; sisters Della Blake of Delaware and Sara Ruth (George) Pelote of Wadesboro NC; brother-in-law Bill Fowler of Dayton; sisters-in-law Shirley Walker, Judith R. Mitchell, Thelma Mitchell, and Snobia Mitchell, all of Delaware and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Eudora was preceded in death by sisters Faith Brown, Vellna Minnis and brothers Marvel “Herb”, Kenneth “Sonny”, and Madison Cole and great granddaughter Eliyah Rodgers.
Eudora will be remembered as a Christian woman who was generous and friendly and exhibited a strong work ethic. A good day’s work to her involved working outdoors in her yard or handling the many responsibilities of managing rental property. At the end of each busy day, however, she relaxed by playing the piano or organ and singing her favorite hymns. She was health-conscious and adhered to a vegetarian diet before it was fashionable. Yet, at the age of 80, her mind began to fail and she was diagnosed with vascular dementia. While it was difficult for her to recall recent events, hearing familiar hymns and songs brought her to life. Soon she would be singing along, remembering the words to the songs…..each and every verse. Singing her favorite songs and reciting Bible verses seemed to lift the fog of dementia.
A memorial celebrating Eudora’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 26; details to be announced soon. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the service will be limited to immediate family.
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The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center in Delaware is assisting the family with arrangements