Eudora L. Mitchell

December 26, 1929 ‒ February 14, 2021

Delaware, Ohio

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, saxophone and even the accordion. 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 at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive, Delaware, Ohio. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the service will be limited to immediate family. The services will be livestreamed and can be viewed by visiting the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center Facebook page .

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The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center in Delaware is assisting the family with arrangements

  • Yvonne, I only had the opportunity to met your mother once. The pride you have when you speak of her and reading the lovely tribute, she truly was an amazing woman. I see many of those qualities in you, prayers to you and your family.

  • My deepest and sincerest empathy and condolences to Teresa, Diana, Janice, Eudora Fay, Tommy Jr., Stevie, and Yvonne and your families. I remember when I was younger, we’d come to Delaware, visit g’ma & g’pa Cole, my mom’s aunts {Janie, Boxie (& g’pa Wilson), Lizzie}, & uncles (Wilbur “Web”, Jack). The Mitchell’s was usually the last stop!
    When we moved to Delaware we’d make the same visits on the weekends. A lot of times I would spend Saturday nights with my Mitchell cousins! I had so much fun because I had four more sisters! (I had 2 brothers). Aunt Eudora would wake us up, for me, early. We were to clean the house before breakfast! Then we were to fix breakfast! To me this was fun! There were a lot of us working together.
    I believe Aunt Eudora got her work ethics from her dad, my g’pa, Kenneth Fox Cole!
    Will miss my “Molly of the Movies” and calling her on her birthday just to say, “Happy birthday Molly of the movies”!
    Love and prayers to family,
    Marlene, niece

  • Eudora was a lovely christian lady. Tom and Eudora raised a very responsible family. Her children and grandchildren will miss her kind guidance and sweet smile. The Mitchell family has lost one of our dearest members.

  • Yvonne and family, we are so sorry for your loss, yet rejoice for heavens gain. Beautiful tribute! Our prayers and condolences are with you and your family.

    Frank and Leigh Ann Pawlak

  • I met Eudora at an Undercover Wear party I was doing for someone in her family. It was at her house. I loved her, her house, but most of all – I loved that she gave me a gift I still have and have read several times. The Desire of The Ages. Growing up with a strong Seventh Day Adventist grandmother, and we weren’t, you would have thought she would have given me the book. Nope, at age 25, Eudora gave me that lovely, lovely book and I still have it. She will rest in peace with the redeemer.

  • Janice, and all the Mitchell Family,
    My deepest sympathies and condolences to you all. Eudora was such a treasure!
    Such a wealth of love and life experience. She always lit up and beamed when she would talk about her family. Such pride and love she had in each of you. I am blessed to have spent time with a woman of such a beautiful soul. Always a kind word and sense of humor and that beautiful smile! Peace to your family in your time of loss.

  • I’m sending my sympathy and prayers to the family. I didn’t know Eudora, but I do know she raised a fantastic family. May your memories of her help in this sad time.

  • My wife and I would like to express our sadness and give our condolences to the Mitchell family and let them know they are in our thoughts and prayers. Eudora was one of the finest women I ever met. Always a kind word and an inspiration to all who knew her. She will certainly be missed by everyone and anyone who had the pleasurable experience of meeting her.
    Thank you Eudora for all the love you brought to your family and friends.

  • Yvonne,
    I wanted to express my condolences for your mother’s passing.
    I am so very sorry and here to support you and your family in anyway I can.
    Experiencing your mother’s joy, wit and presence was wonderful and I see those same attributes in you.

  • So sorry for your loss. As I was growing up my mother, Betty Sheets, mentioned her friendship with Eudora many times. She was so kind and made you laugh. Janice and Jackie were neighbors. Sympathy to the family from Betty Sheets and Family

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