Born July 19, 1929 in Chicago, IL The world lost a beautiful woman today with the peaceful passing of Joan B. Mitchell. Joan is survived by her beloved husband of 63 years Don Mitchell, children Donald B. (Elena) Mitchell, Julie (Rick) Asmus. Granddaughter Emily (Brian) Mericle, grandson Richard Asmus, great-grandson Mason Patrick Mericle and niece BJ (Lou) D’Agnolo. Joan was happiest when she was surrounded by her family. Joan touched many hearts in her lifetime and will be missed by all who knew her, especially her loving family. Visitation will be 10-11am, with a Scripture Service at 11am, Saturday, November 5, 2011 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Interment will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery.
Joan and CD Mitchell were kinder to me in my life than anybody has ever been except for my own family. I’ve known them since I was a kid, so I’ve known Don and Julie a long, long time. My heart is broken for them, for Mr. Mitchell too.
I remember all the fun I had over at 38th place in my younger years. Joan always kept the conversation going. CD could be counted on to deliver a dry one-liner that would absolutely break me up. Just last year I had the pleasure of sitting with the family at Don’s party. We had a lot of laughs, we really did. Most of them were provided by Julie.
Joan, you were a kind and caring wife and mother, and a wonderful human being. Thank you for everything you did for me.