Mrs. Tanya Mitchell Thompson, "Red", "Nanny Boo Boo", of 1432 Weaver Ave., Petersburg, entered into sweet eternal rest on April 11, 2013, at her residence. She was born on July 10, 1957, to the late Benjamin and Ruth Mitchell.

Tanya was a graduate of the Petersburg High School, class of 1975, and was employed by Petersburg City Public Schools for over 30 years. She was a member of Trinity Missionary Baptist Church of God In Christ.

With a very loving and caring spirit, she was always doing something for others. At Tanya's house is where family and friends gathered. There were cookouts, birthday parties, Easter egg hunts and delicious Sunday dinners; beautiful decorations and a whole lot of fun. You could "taste" the love in her cooking – sweet potato and coconut pies, fudge and Christmas cookies. She made everyone feel welcome and at home. She will be missed by all who were blessed to have known her.

In addition to her parents, Tanya was preceded in death by three brothers, James "Bubba", Ronald, and Bermon "Lee" Mitchell; and two sisters, Brander and Sandra Mitchell.

Memories of her will be cherished by a very loving and devoted husband of 26 years, Mark W. Thompson Jr.; three children, Monika Mitchell, Mark W. Thompson III (Ebone), and Marshae' Thompson; one grandchild whom she dearly loved, Marzhan M. Thompson; three sisters, Ruth Jones, Dr. Patricia Myers (Dr. Otha) and Janice Brickell; two brothers, retired Lt. Col. Gerald Mitchell (Patricia), and Albert Mitchell (Sandra); mothers-in-law, Maude Whitaker (Howard) and Catherine Thompson; sisters-in-law, Carlissa Mitchell and Jill Winfield (Darrell); nieces and nephews, a devoted niece Theolette Ledbetter, Gennise Smith, Sharon Mitchell, James Mitchell Jr., Pamela Smith (Carlos Orr), Cathy Chapman (David), Sheryl White (Andrew Jr.), Tracey Mitchell, Charles Smith Jr. (Claudia), Lisa Vaughan (Jerry), Shawn Mitchell (Dawn), John Applewhite (Genene), Kenya Brickell, Derek Mitchell, Michelle Gordon (Chad), Brian Mitchell (Christina), Nikia William (Marcus), Gerald Mitchell Jr. (Ifeoma), Michael Mitchell, Devin and Brandon Winfield, and Jeffrey Dodson Jr.; godchildren, Michael Mitchell, Chaneva Sykes, Jamar Morgan, Lacy and Jamie Moody; a host of great-nieces and nephews, cousins, close neighbors, and friends; especially, Sonia Murray, Patricia Moody, Kathy Gilstrap, Darrell and Freda Goddette, the Rev. Jeffrey Dodson Sr. and Traci Dodson, the Greene family, co-workers in the maintenance department; and other relatives.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to Crater Community Hospice or to the Trinity Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Thomas Johns Cancer Hospital and Crater Community Hospice.

Public visitation will be held today from 5 to 8 p.m. and on Monday, April 15, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the J.L. Dodson and Sons Funeral Establishment.

Homegoing service for Mrs. Tanya Mitchell Thompson will be held on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at 11 a.m. from the Trinity Missionary Baptist Church of God In Christ, 233 Halifax St., Petersburg, the Rev. Jeffrey L. Dodson Sr., officiating. Interment will follow in the Wilkerson Memorial Cemetery. Remains will rest in the church one hour prior to service.

Family is asked to meet at the residence at 9:45 a.m. on the day of the service. Professional funeral services have been entrusted to the staff of the J.L. Dodson and Sons Funeral Establishment, 25824 Greensville Ave., Petersburg, the Rev. Jeffrey L. Dodson Sr., funeral director, 804-732-5959 and 804-834-3330. Condolences may be registered online at www.jldodsonandsons.com

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J. L. Dodson and Sons Funeral Establishment
25824 Greensville Ave.  Petersburg, VA 23803

Published in The Progress-Index from Apr. 12 to Apr. 14, 2013