Ramona Cathryn Mitchell, 82, of Forest Hill went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 11, 2022 at her home in Forest Hill.
Born July 7, 1939, in Hinton, West Virginia, she was a daughter of the late William Leo and Julia Frances Harvey Kessler.
She married the love of her life, Charles William “Bill” Mitchell, on January 20, 1958, in Hinton, West Virginia and they celebrated 64 years together in Forest Hill where they raised their three children and was blessed with the addition of five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Ramona was a graduate of the 1957 class of Forest Hill High School, Concord College and West Virginia College of Graduate Studies. Retiring from Giles County Public Schools, her memorable teaching career spanned 27 years in classrooms across Summers County WV and Giles County VA. She was actively involved with her church, Fairview Baptist in Forest Hill. She enjoyed teaching Sunday school and vacation Bible schools for many years as well as participating in several missionary trips. Besides her love for the Lord and her family, Ramona enjoyed traveling. Many special memories were made while traveling with her family, including with the Farley family and with close family friends, the Mashburns of Youngstown, OH.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Bill Kessler, along with brothers-in-law, Stanley Farley, Bart Doring, James Mitchell and wife Helen, and sister-in-law, Eula Sheats and husband Al.
In addition to her husband, Bill, she leaves her three children, Billy Brian Mitchell, and wife Kathy, of Forest Hill, Keith Mitchell, and wife Debra, of Beavercreek, OH, and Patricia Young, and husband Jeff, of Forest Hill. She also leaves behind her grandchildren that she was so proud of, Christopher Mitchell of Hinton, Jason Mitchell of Tallahassee FL, Sarah Mitchell of Beavercreek, OH, Michelle Lucas, and husband Justin, of Forest Hill and Samantha Mitchell of Beavercreek, OH; great-grandchildren, Preston Mitchell, Hannah Lucas and Jazzlyn Lucas. Ramona is survived by her siblings, Betty Farley of Poland OH, Madeline Doring of Trinity TX, and sister-in-law, Starr Kessler of Shelby OH. Many special nieces and nephews, whom she loved and was so proud of, from WV, OH, TX and DE also survive.
A funeral service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Monday, March 14, 2022 at Fairview Baptist Church with Pastor Charles Drake officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 11:00 A.M. until time of services on Monday at the church.
Serving as pallbearers will be family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to the Samaritan’s Purse Shoebox ministry of Fairview Baptist Church or to Hospice of Southern WV.