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Our Mimi is homeward bound. Beloved matriarch Mabel McKnight Mitchell passed away peacefully on July 10, 2013, at her home in St. George. Mabel was born to William Clark McKnight and Martha Minerva Leavitt Nov. 20, 1916, in Beaver Dam, Arizona, a place she was always proud to call home. She began her education in the one-room schoolhouse in Littlefield, Arizona and later returned to teach there. During her college years at Arizona State University she was not only the homecoming queen but also an outstanding debater and actress. Starring in a play, she fell in love with the male lead, her future husband Andrew Mitchell.
Mom spent 96 years loving to learn and teach. She taught Gospel Doctrine, Seminary, homemaking, pre-school, 3rd-5th grade and her favorite--high school English. She also loved to write. She wrote long letters to her family, opinions to the newspapers, patriotic presentations, hundreds of speeches and a biography. She was never afraid to speak her mind.
Mom cherished her family, her students, her neighbors in Beaver Dam, Boulder City, Heber Valley, and Sterling Court and they all cherished her. She leaves a legacy of reading fine literature, gardening, cooking for the neighbors, working hard, and putting her faith into practice. Mimi devoted her boundless energy and enthusiasm not only to those she loved but also to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Andrew and Mabel were married for 72 years before his passing and he is tapping his feet in anticipation of her arrival. She leaves behind: four daughters, Judith Ann & Marvin Johnson, Mary Antoinette, Michele & Franklin Kolsky, and Andrea Jill & Marlo Krogue; granddaughter Kristin & Wes Fredrickson; grandsons Robert Highfill and Nelson Krogue; great grandson Andrew Abbott and great great granddaughters Autumn & Kamy Abbott and Evelyn Fredrickson. Her parents, 6 of her 9 siblings, and grandson Steven Boiles preceded her in death.Mabel's funeral is at 10 a.m. (Pacific Time) Saturday, July 20, 2013, at the Littlefield Chapel (Highway 91) in Arizona, with a viewing from 9 to 9:30 a.m. A Memorial Service will also be held at Sterling Court, 324 N. 1680 E., St. George, on Thursday, July 18, at 10 a.m. (Mountain Time.) Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, 435-673-4221. For condolences and full obituary and service listings, please visit the website www.metcalfmortuary.com.
Metcalf Mortuary - St. George
288 West St. George Blvd. St. George, UT 84770
Published in The Spectrum & Daily News from July 14 to July 17, 2013