Barbara Lee Mitchell, Saginaw, Michigan
Barbara P. Frost
Died peacefully on July 24, 2009 from heart complications. Barbara entered this World 80 years ago on May 29, 1929 in Lansing, Michigan. Her survivors are her husband, James Lee Mitchell, Dean Emeritus of the College of Business and Management, Saginaw Valley State University; four children: Kristen Deborah (Dane) Fuelling of Marshall, MI, Phillip Lee (Barbara) Mitchell of Juneau, AK, James Lee (Laurie) Mitchell of Broadway, VA, and Marie Elizabeth (Robert) Nutt of Saginaw; two brothers in Lansing, MI, Lloyd Bruce (Jernein) Service, and David Ward Service. Younger survivors include eight grandchildren, four great grandchildren and many nephews and nieces. She married James on December 18, 1948 in Plymouth Congregational Church in Lansing, MI. They recently celebrated their sixtieth anniversary. A native of Lansing, after marriage they also lived in Ypsilanti and Kalamazoo before moving to Saginaw in 1977. Barbara had a lifelong passion for vocal music, particularly from classical and ecclesiastical works. She studied music from private masters and sang all her adult life in Church Choirs, The Bach Music Festival of Kalamazoo from mid-60s to mid-70s, and the Saginaw Choral Society until recently. In 1998 her husband established the Barbara Lee Mitchell Endowed Scholarship in Vocal Music at Saginaw Valley State University to honor her love of vocal music. She was an active member of the Bridget Fuller Circle and the Women’s Fellowship at First Congregational Church. She belonged to the Saginaw Chapter of the National Farm and Garden Club and assisted with the instruction in Horticultural Therapy at the Saginaw County Youth Detention Facility. Barbara is fondly remembered as a loving wife and mother, a willing volunteer, and a meticulous housekeeper. She is sadly missed. Funeral service will take place at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 28, 2009, at First Congregational Church 403 South Jefferson Ave. Dr. Charles Guerreno, Jr. will officiate with entombment in Oakwood Mausoleum. Friends may call at the W.L. Case and Company Funeral Chapel 4480 Mackinaw Road from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Monday and then at the church from 10:00 a.m. Tuesday until the time of the funeral service. In lieu of flowers, those interested should consider a memorial for the SVSU Endowed Scholarship, or to the First Congregational Church.