Edith Ora Mitchell was born in a rural home near Mt. Zion, Oklahoma on January 16, 1923 the daughter of William R. Mitchell and Minnie Lee (Roberts) Mitchell. She could not wait to begin her life in McCurtain County, so she was born several weeks premature. She often told how she was wrapped in a small blanket, placed in a shoebox and kept warm by the wood fired kitchen oven to survive. She grew into a healthy child, the youngest of six surviving siblings. She had 3 brothers and 2 sisters.
She attended Mt. Zion School and at the age of 16 went to college in Durant with her sister, Gladys. She earned a Bachelor degree and later a Masters Degree in Elementary Education. She taught for 42 years, mostly in Valliant Oklahoma and mostly the third grade. She retired 34 years ago. She was a member of this First Baptist Church for over 60 years and sang in the choir many of those years. She was married to William A. McAfee for 27 years. He was a Vocational Agriculture instructor. Later she married Joe T. Powell, a school administrator, and he preceded her in death in 2002.
She loved her garden, flowers, recipes and mostly visiting with her many friends. She was respected by her fellow teachers and fondly remembered by her many students.
She is survived by her son, Dr. William M. McAfee, his wife Mary Ann and their son Christopher, nieces and nephews, Bill Bain of Valliant, Dorothy Canary of Newcastle, Carolyn Mitchell Johnson of Avinger, Texas, Stan Snell of Fort Mills, SC, Edith Karen Thurmond of Oklahoma City, OK, Billy Mitchell of Ft. Smith, AR, many great-nieces and great-nephews, including Jan Tankenton, Brad Bain and Barth Bain and her many students.
She passed away the evening of November 21, 2017 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease and will be memorialized in her beloved First Baptist Church in Valliant Oklahoma and laid to rest beside her second husband in the Valliant Cemetery.