Ann Mitchell White, 83, beloved mother, friend, and educator, passed over in the comfort of her home on Thursday, December 13, 2012. She was born in 1929, in Augusta, Ga., the daughter of the late Charles Harold Mitchell, of Pittsburgh, Pa., and the late Marcella Smith Mitchell, of Savannah, Ga.
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An outstanding student, she earned her B.S. from Georgia State College for Women and her M.S. in mathematics from Vanderbilt University. In the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, she lived, worked, and raised her family in Blacksburg. She was married to William White, Professor Emeritus of English at Virginia Tech, for 25 years. Professor White has remarried and lives in Edgewater, Fla.
In the 1950s and 1960s, she taught math to undergraduates at Virginia Tech. In the late 1960s, she was part of a core group of academics who established and developed the Virginia Tech Computing Center. She continued to work in the computing field at MIT in Cambridge, MA until her retirement back to Blacksburg.
Ann was known for her warmth, kindness, generosity, sparkling personality and lively sense of humor. She loved animals and was devoted to her children. She had a special gift for cherishing the little joys of life. She will be sorely missed.
Ann is survived by her son Bill White, daughter-in-law Joan White and grand-daughter Lauren Scott White of Gallatin, Tenn.; her daughter, Gail Scott White, of Fairfax; her daughter, Carol Ann White, of Copper Hill; her two dear cousins, Ginny and Sally Boyd, of Brunswick and Gainesville, Ga.; her lifelong friend, Liz Potter; and her loving cat Furry.
Ann requested no services but expressed a loving farewell to everyone she knew.
The White family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in memory of Ann White to Blue Ridge Center for Chinese Medicine, 144 Silver Maple Lane, Pilot VA, 24138. Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home, Blacksburg.
Published in Roanoke Times on December 16, 2012