MITCHELL, LYNN ELIZABETH WEBSTER - age 88, died on April 22, 2014 at Baptist Health Care Center in Lenoir City. She had bravely battled Alzheimer's disease for 10 years. She was born June 20, 1925 in Knox County to Mark and Mary Webster. Mr. Webster was an attorney and owner of Jennie's Flower Shop in downtown Knoxville. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, J.W. (Bill) Webster, her sister, Mary Ruth Crawford, her husband, Ben F. Mitchell, and a beloved cousin, Catherine Mincey. Lynn was a graduate of Knoxville High School. Her early working years were spent as a floral designer at Jennie's, where she was especially noted for her wedding flowers. After leaving the family business, she held several clerical positions before joining the Knoxville News Sentinel as a clerk in the composing room. She retired in the mid-1970s. Before her marriage, Lynn had taken up square dancing, and it was at a dance that she met her future husband. They attended several national square dance conventions. Lynn made her dresses for all these activities. Lynn also collected dolls and antiques. Lynn is survived by her niece, Carole Webster Conklin (David), whom she helped her parents rear after Mark became her guardian when she was under a year old. Over the years Lynn became more of a mother to her as her own mother's health declined. In turn, Carole became her caregiver when Lynn was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and she was thankful for the opportunity to give back. Other survivors include her grandniece, Sarah Conklin Wilons (Jeffrey); brother-in-law Charles Crawford; niece Linda C. Renninger; nephews Eddie Crawford (Tammy), Joe Crawford (Annie), all of Knoxville, and David Webster, of California. She is also survived by first cousins, Jean Nelson (Jay) to whom she was very close, and Paul Maxwell, also of Knoxville. Lynn was a longtime member of Park City Presbyterian Church; she became a Baptist after her marriage and was a member of Lincoln Park Baptist Church. After moving to assisted living, she attended Concord United Methodist Church with her niece and husband as long as she was able. Receiving of friends will be 2:00-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, at Stevens Mortuary, with the funeral immediately following. Rev. Glenna Manning, of Concord UMC, will officiate. Interment will follow at Lynnhurst Cemetery. Pallbearers will be David Conklin, Jeffrey Wilons, Eddie Crawford, Joe Crawford and Jim Nelson. Memorials may be made to support a remodeling campaign at Baptist Health Care, 700 Williams Ferry Rd., Lenoir City, TN. Please designate gifts to "RARE." Mrs. Mitchell's guest book is available at www.stevensmortuaryinc.com.
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