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Rebecca Mitchell turns 107

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Town Crier News Staff

Rebecca Mitchell Day was proclaimed in Monette on Thursday, Feb. 8, in honor of Mrs. Mitchell who celebrated her 107th birthday.

Mrs. Mitchell, a resident at Monette Manor, celebrated with family, friends, and members of the news media including radio, television, and newspapers as she celebrated her birthday.

In addition to celebrating on her birthday, a second party was held on Saturday giving more of her family members and friends to attend.

The Thursday celebration was kicked off with three of her sons, John, Julian and Kenneth, singing a couple of Mrs. Mitchell's favorite hymns.

Marla Layne, Monette Manor administrator, welcomed guests.

"Mrs. Mitchell, known by us as Granny Mitchell, was born Feb. 8, 1900," Layne said. "Mrs. Mitchell has lived at Monette Manor for six years and we are proud to have her as part of our family."

Monette City Council member Steve Suber, representing council members and Mayor Jerry "Chub" Qualls, presented Mrs. Mitchell with a proclamation signed by the Mayor proclaiming Feb. 8, 2007, as Rebecca Mitchell Day in Monette. He also presented Mrs. Mitchell with the "Key to the City."

Derek McPite with Pepsi Americas Company presented Mrs. Mitchell with a Pepsi sweatshirt, bag, and a lifetime supply of Pepsi. Pepsi also donated Pepsi's for the birthday celebrations.

Mrs. Mitchell has long been a Pepsi drinker and enjoys singing the Pepsi jingle.

Billy Watson, CenturyTel supervisor, was also at the party presenting Mrs. Mitchell with 200 free minutes of telephone service so she can talk to her family.

Layne welcomed Mrs. Mitchell children, daughter Elizabeth Warren of Blytheville, and three of her sons and daughters-in-law, John and Annabell Mitchell and Julian and Geraldine Mitchell, all of Blytheville, and Kenneth and Charlotte Mitchell of Illinois.

Mrs. Mitchell's oldest daughter, Mildred Bruschi lives in Georgia and her son, Dallas Mitchell, lives in Marmaduke and were unable to be there on Thursday.

Mrs. Mitchell's oldest son, Roy Eugene Mitchell, died in 1944 serving in World War II. He was 23 years old.

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

Mrs. Mitchell is the widow of Roy Mitchell. The couple married on Christmas Eve, 1916. Mr. Mitchell died in 1960. They lived in the Blytheville/Promised land area.

Mrs. Mitchell's sons shared stories about their mother and the lessons she taught them. They all agreed, she had no trouble handling the boys during their growing up years.

"She has served us well," Kenneth said. "We are proud to honor her on her 107th birthday."

A special birthday cake featuring a 1932 picture of Mrs. Mitchell and her children was served with punch.

Mrs. Mitchell received a dozen roses from Monette Manor, a crown, gifts, cards and well wishes.



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