I AM A FIRST COUSIN TO MITCHELL ON MY FATHERS SIDE.HIS MOTHER AND MY DAD WERE SIBLINGS.HE WAS A GREAT PERSON.WE LOOKED LIKE BROTHERS!
Dearest Aunt Georgette, Annette & Bryan, Mary Jean & Lance, Brian, Freddy, your children and grandchildren, the full families that stemmed from this wonderful couple who lived well and loved their family well, together; words are only so able to describe the imprint of Uncle Mitchell's life and legacy, his impact on many; me, for one.
I have not stopped thinking of each of you since the news, and was fully in-spirit with you during this time of earth's loss and heaven's gain [I envision Uncle Mitchell has already been given good work to do, up in the heavens, since he did so well, here, on earth. I assume his greatest duty now is acting as a beacon of light, an angel, a powerful guardian, for his beloveds. I pray you can feel his presence, as it is still with you, as is the recollection of his very sweet, sweet smile and equally sweet eyes. He was a hanoun. I believe with my whole heart that his spirit is still near and around each of you, and more powerfully, his younger, stronger self, coming to the protection and aide of his beloveds, from his celestial place, at any given moment, at any given time, just as he did here.
My own recollections of Uncle Mitchell are many and varied, since my youth, but I was always most amazed at his incredible commitment to his family; his firm pride in his ancestry and his cultural lineage, and his inherited language; and his pride and participation in his El Paso community. I recall Abraham's Big 8 on Piedras, him behind the meat counter; I remember, later in life, when Kimmie and Sammy owned the Bazaar, he and Aunt Georgette would be there helping, washing vegetables, cutting them, working with their grandchildren, "truly" constant supports, offering love and complete presence in their family's daily lives.
I was also always very moved by his respect for his elders, and was always personally touched by the kindness he always exuded towards my parents, he was empathetic and respectful and sweet and attentive. And I know this, because I saw it. He carried respect with him. And I was always impressed, as a child, that it was in Mitchell and Georgette's home that Amo Esber lived; so he took care of those who came before him and those who came after him. How then, will the Lord not take care of him? I can only imagine Uncle Mitchell's mother there to greet her son at the gates.
What an example of honesty and hard work and generosity and commitment he was, not giving "of" the self, but giving the entire self to those he loved: a firm foundation, a comfortable cushion, a girding strength and support, and an umbrella under which his beloveds lived and thrived. A patriarch. A prince.
As for me, I always looked up to him as quite an example of so much that was good, and honorable, and admirable, someone to emulate, rare in the world....and a great carrier of wisdom/s. A teller of fine stories, a teacher in that way, as well. Whenever I would compliment him on these things, or anything, he was truly humble, would look down and quietly say, "Why thank you, Murrium, thank you."
No words, and many words. But it is memory that will stay, and the lessons learned from observing the man, the way in which he conducted his life. What a light.
His last words to me were during a phone conversation this past summer, we talked about his children and grandchildren, and the pride in his voice was palpable, large, you could see the smile--and the great love for each of you. They say you know when someone loves you, because "your name feels safe in their mouth." Your names were safe in his mouth, and accompanied with a happy pride in your many successes.
I count myself blessed to have known him, and from childhood. This is a gift. For that, I am grateful.
He will remain, for me and for many, a great example of what is good, and fine, and best in a man, which many might aspire to, but few might attain.
Memory eternal + "Well done, though good and faithful servant, well done." A message which I feel certain he was welcomed with, into the arms of our great Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And we will meet again. It is promised.
May this hope give the family of Mr.Abraham comfort (Titus 1:2).
I just read about the passing of Mitch. I am deeply saddened. I don't know if you remember me. I am one of the daughters of Delia and Guillermo Delgado. My parents used to shop at your store for many years. My dad passed away 23 June of this year. Please accept my deepest and heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Sincerely,
Dear Abraham family,
Our deepest condolences for the passing of a very kind and honorable gentleman. My mother-in-law, Mary Aikman, shopped for years with Mitchell and Georgette. They always greeted her warmly and provided the best customer service of any store then or now. They made a trip to the supermarket such a pleasurable experience! May his many fine qualities live on through the lives of his family. God bless.