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Clara Mitchell

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MURPHYSBORO - Clara Mae (Williams) Mitchell, 42, departed this life Friday, March 29, 2013, in St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in Murphysboro.

She was a loving and caring person with a beautiful giving spirit. She was born Nov. 11, 1970, to L.G. and Bessie Mae (Jenkins) Williams.

She accepted the Lord at an early age and grew under Liberty Street Missionary Baptist Church ministry. This growth blossomed into her ministry call and she later served as assistant pastor until she was blessed to unite in marriage with Marcus Mitchell in 2005. She then became a member of Olivet Free Will Baptist Church, where she continued ministering as the Lord directed until her death. In her Christian walk, she exercised her gifts in teaching, singing, ushering, directing the choir, playing the drums, counseling, intercessory prayer, finance, preaching, dancing, worshipping and mentoring.

After Clara graduated from Hickey Business School, she began working in banking and had continued that career except for a brief employment period with Jackson County Housing Authority. Upon her departure from this life, she was employed at First Southern Bank, where she was the branch manager at the Murphysboro Facility.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, L.G. Williams Jr.; and her grandparents. She is survived by her husband, Marcus Mitchell; her son, Ivery Cameron Mitchell; her stepson, Marcus Mitchell Jr.; two sisters, Exie (Leon) Carter of Marion and Louise (Robert) Alexander of Murphysboro; one brother, Glover (Kristy) Williams of Marion; five godchildren; a host of nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 6, in Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, 400 East Main St., Carbondale, with the Rev. Edgar Lewis, officiating and Bishop Albert Ingram, Jr. delivering the Eulogy. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Carbondale. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Jackson Funeral Home of Carbondale is in charge of arrangements.

Published in The Southern Illinoisan on Apr. 4, 2013