Mrs. Mitchell celebrates 106 years

Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Rebecca Mitchell celebrates her 106 birthday. Pictured with Mrs. Mitchell are three of her sons, John, Kenneth and Julian. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

Rebecca Mitchell was honored at Monette Manor on Wednesday, Feb. 8, in recognition of her 106th birthday with her first party of the week. Family and friends gathered to share her special day.

Several of her family members could not make it to the party on Wednesday, so a second party was held on Saturday.

Mrs. Mitchell was born Feb. 8, 1900. She lived most of her life in the Blytheville/Promised Land area. She and Roy Mitchell married on Christmas Eve, 1916. Mr. Mitchell died in 1960.

Mrs. Mitchell is the mother of seven.

Her oldest daughter, Mildred Bruski, lives in Ringold, Ga.; Dallas Mitchell lives in Paragould; Elizabeth Warren lives in Blytheville; John Mitchell lives in Blytheville; Julian Mitchell lives in Burdette and Ken Mitchell lives in Illinois. Her oldest son, Roy Eugene Mitchell, died in 1944 serving in World War II. He was 23 years old.

Mrs. Mitchell had three sons, Roy Eugene, Dallas and John, all serving during World War II.

Mrs. Mitchell's brother, Harold Thompson, Sr., once again celebrated the day with his older sister. Mr. Thompson will be 100 on Sept. 18.

"It is a blessing to still have her with us," son John said. "She has always been a strong lady. She never had any trouble handling us boys when we were growing up."

Mrs. Mitchell and her husband farmed and later owned a country grocery store.

Mrs. Mitchell has experienced history as it happened. She was 12 years old when the Titanic sank, one of the first of many world news making events she experienced throughout her long life.

Mrs. Mitchell lived at home until she was 101 years old when she fell and broke a hip.

Family, friends, and staff members at Monette Manor wished Mrs. Mitchell a happy birthday sharing in her special day.

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