Graveside services for Naomi Mitchell, 87, of Sterling, were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, at Mountain View Cemetery near Sterling. Services were under the direction
of Fletcher Funeral Home. Pastor Chris Stinnett, of Sterling Methodist Church, officiated. Visitation was held from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14 and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15 at the funeral home. The family greeted guests from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Masks and social distancing were requested by the family.
Mrs. Mitchell passed away at her home with her family by her side on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. Gladys Naomi (Ridley) Mitchell was born Aug. 18, 1933, on a farm southeast of Apache, to Elmer D Ridley and Kathleen (Heilman) Ridley. She attended grade school at a small, one room schoolhouse (Beaver Valley) south of Elgin and graduated high school from Elgin in 1951. She married Sam Mitchell Dec. 26, 1950. They lived in Camp Rucker, Alabama, while Sam was in the Army. Sam was the Love of her Life. They grew up only one mile apart and practically knew each other their whole lives. They were married for 64 years. Naomi worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone as an operator for a brief time, but she spent most all of her life as a very dedicated wife, mom, grandmother, farmwife and homemaker. She took the job very seriously. She fixed three meals a day for her family and anyone who stopped by the Ranch. She loved visitors and you could not leave without her offering to serve you something from her kitchen!
Naomi was preceded in death by her father, Elmer D Ridley; her mother, Kathleen (Heilman) Ridley; and her husband, Sam Mitchell. She is survived by three daughters, Christie Pettijohn and her husband, Jerry Pettijohn, Cheryle Bussey and her husband, Rick Bussey, Charlotte Snider and her husband, Donnie Snider; a son, Sam D Mitchell and his wife, Duane Mitchell; 13 grandchildren, LW McGee, Jennifer New and her husband, Kelly New, Katrina Harrelson and her husband, Ricky Harrelson, Tony Richardson, Amy Griffin and her husband, Wayne Griffin, Dana Massey and her husband, Terry, Carly Morris and her husband, Todd Morris, Amber White and her husband, Justin White, Casey Snider and his wife, Mary, River Mitchell, Montana Mitchell and his wife, Becky, Clancy Mitchell and his wife, Erin and Oaklee Mitchell. (16) Great Grand Children: Emily Evans, Tyler McGee, Shaleigh McGee, Carson New, Gunner New, Chayton Snider, Gracie Snider, Paisley Griffin, Riley Matheny, Kinlee Massey, Devan Whitten, Briar White, Canyon White, Embry Snider, Logan Snider and Ridley Snider; and her great-great-grandchild, Sawyer Whitten.
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