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Ann Marie Mitchell

Ann Marie Mitchell, 81, Palmyra, Mo., passed away at 5:30 a.m., Monday, May 1, 2023, at Sunset Home in Quincy, Ill.

Ann was born June 1, 1941, in Hannibal, Mo., to Russell and Thelma Johnston Chatfield. She married her love, Harry Junior Mitchell, on Aug. 31, 1963, in Bethany, Mo. He preceded her in death on May 19, 2016.

Ann Marie Mitchell

Survivors include her daughter, Teresa Mitchell, Palmyra; her son, Greg Mitchell (Donna) also Palmyra; brother, Dean Chatfield, Philadelphia, Mo.; grandchildren, Amanda (Jon), David (Debra), Victoria (Ethan), Elijah, Jamie, Joshua (Lisa), Jenny (Ryan), Jessie, Ronnie (Erin) and Rachel (Dustin); 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, and brother, Jim Chatfield.

Ann graduated from Marion County R-II High School (valedictorian), Gem City Business School, and Hannibal LaGrange College. 

Professionally, she worked for Wendt-Sonis, U.S. Army Hospital and Harry Mitchell, attorney-at-law (tax practitioner, legal secretary, paralegal and MSM law library agent). She was the owner-operator of The Treasure Chest and worked as a Marion County R-II High School substitute and interim teacher (K-12) to share her knowledge with the next generation. She was also the Bethel Assembly of God music director.

She has been president of Palmyra Garden Club and Women’s Missionary Union; worthy matron of the Order of Eastern Star and leader in every church capacity, including elder and member of the associational Board of Directors.

Ann was also pianist for churches Palmyra community choir; for weddings and for various organizations and served as church director of ,usic.

She enjoyed playing and singing with the Christian bands from Bethel Assembly of God Church, Quincy, Ill. Ann is known throughout this area for singing and playing piano on the weekly WJTR-TV show, Lost Sheep Ministries, with Marvin Cook, Wayne Morssy, and Otis Henry. 

This band also played for park revivals, nursing homes, gospel celebrations and churches in Missouri, Illinois and Iowa, where many people were saved and healed.

Ann loved God, family and helping others. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and GiGi Ann to the great- grandkids. 

She was blessed with a loving musical soul that filled the air with beautiful Gospel notes to celebrate the Lord. 

Ann was very enthusiastic about travel, visiting all 48 lower states, Canada, Mexico, Israel and Greece. Also, her artistic talents of drawing, painting, flower arranging, refinishing furniture, and sewing projects were lovingly shared with friends and family.

Ann relished the beauty of flowers and flower gardening. As the skilled family cook, she will gratefully and lovingly be remembered for the made-to-order birthday meals and cake of your choice for each family member, as well as the “go-to dessert maker of the family & others… with everyone eagerly awaiting her chocolate cake, many varieties of cookies and cherry crisp at each family gathering or meeting. 

Ann has always had a tender heart and in her younger years loved to nurture the animals that came around, making sure they were fed or taken care of in the best way possible. 

She supported and encouraged her family in every way she could, to help them achieve their goals, and taught them to love God first, honesty and good morals. Her loving heart and generous spirit will be missed by all who knew her.

We will always, always love you!

Ann was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Palmyra.

A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 5, at the United Pentecostal Church. Rev. Robert Axton will officiate. The burial will be at Little Union Cemetery west of Palmyra.

Friends and family are invited to Ann’s Life Celebration at a visitation that will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service on May 5, at the United Pentecostal Church.

Memorials may be made to your choice of First Assembly of God Church, The Palmyra Senior Nutrition Center or Little Union Cemetery.

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