Mitchell, Verna Kathryn|
5/29/1919 - 03/21/2013
FALLBROOK - Verna was born in a small farm house in Sunset Texas to William and Ocie Holland. She was a tenant farmers daughter and was one of eleven siblings (she was smack in the middle number six). Verna worked in the cotton fields while growing up in humble beginnings. Her family moved to Oklahoma and that's where she met A.U. Mitchell on a blind date at nineteen. Two weeks later they eloped to get married.
In 1942 Verna, A.U. and their young son Merle packed up the Model A Ford and moved west to California. They briefly lived in Artesia before settling down in Fullerton where Verna's second son Don was born. The family also lived in Buena Park for many years.
Verna was known for her big heart and the love for her family and friends. She was known as Aunt Verna to thirty three nieces and nephews in the "Holland clan". This Texas farm girl was also known for her great cooking and growing her own vegetables. If she wasn't canning vegetables then she was working on a new quilt in her den where a quilting frame was always up and her favorite country western music was on the radio. She also worked on sewing projects after word got out how good of a seamstress she was. Verna's golden years were her favorite when she and A.U. (now retired from General Motors) spent much of their time enjoying four grandchildren and doing some traveling in their Camper R.V. going on many fishing and camping trips.
Verna and A.U. relocated to Fallbrook CA in 2003 and that was also the year she lost the love of her life A.U., who she had been with for sixty six years. She continued to reside at Fallbrook Gardens in Fallbrook until the time of her death. Verna outlived all of her brothers and sisters and was the final sibling of the Holland clan to pass.
Verna is survived by her two sons, Merle Mitchell and his wife Hope of Boulder NV and Don Mitchell and his girlfriend Marilyn Hankins of Fallbrook, CA; her four grandchildren, Mike Mitchell, Kathryn Yatesman, Matt Mitchell and Lindsay Hastert; and five beautiful great-grandchildren.
At Verna's request, no funeral or memorial services were held but her family will always celebrate her incredible and wonderful life.
Published in Orange County Register from Mar. 28 to Mar. 31, 2013