Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home
2551 North Armistead Ave
Hampton, VA
HAMPTON - Ruth Wallace Mitchell, age 84, passed away on Sunday, April 22, 2012.
She was born in Charlottesville, Va., on May 25, 1927, and was a longtime resident, since 1966, of Hampton, Va. Ruth was a member of Ivy Memorial Baptist Church, since 1974, where she sang in the choir for many years and was on a number of committees. Her Sunday school class was the Joyful Gleaners. She graduated from Newport News High School, in 1945, and attended junior college in Bryn Mawr, in Pennsylvania, for two years. Ruth was an avid bowler and golfer. She retired from Langley Air Force Base as the Wing Historian for the 1st Tactical Fighter Wing in May 25 1982.
Preceding her in rest are her parents, Rufus Wallace and Mary Lillian Shipp Mitchell; sisters, Hazel M. Brogan and Juanita M. Granger; and nephew, M. Hawthorne Granger III.
Surviving members of her family include her nephews, Tom Brogan and wife, Mary Jean, Robert Granger and wife, Cynthia; nieces, Marcia McQuitty and husband, David, Rita Hitchler and husband, Mike; many grand-nieces and nephews; and Marvine H. Windle, best friend.
Special thanks goes out to Gale Bristow and her staff of home caregivers, especially Gina Wilkinson, Kim Parks, Diana Lemons, Tina Simone, and Cathy Shackleford; Sentara Careplex; James River Convalescent Center; and the Odyssey Hospice Group.
Memorial donations may be made, in Ruth's name, to Ivy Memorial Baptist Church, Hampton, Va.
The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, April 27, 2012, at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home. Following the visitation, a service remembering Ruth's life will be held at 11 a.m., in the funeral home chapel. Interment will be in Parklawn Memorial Park.
Friends are encouraged to visit to share memories and words of condolence with the family.
Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Ave., in Hampton, 23666. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published by Daily Press from Apr. 24 to Apr. 25, 2012.
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Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.May you trust in God for the love and comfort only he can give at this time.With all our love,Teresa Hudgins and all of the family of Kaywood and Delorise Stokes
Teresa Hudgins
April 26, 2012
Many years have passed since I have seen Ruth. She and Marvine were in Northern California in the late eighties. My mother Elisa, my brother Gordon, and I drove over from Fairfield to the heart of Berkeley to pick them up at the train station. We dined in a local eatery and enjoyed each others company. The memory of Ruth's grace, dignity, and composure which melded smoothly with Marvine's own self-possession is still intact. Farewell, Ruth. Until we meet again.
Paul Haggard
April 26, 2012
My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
Bernice Simons
April 24, 2012
Ruth was like a sister in our family. Hope and pray that her family and friends will be comforted as they celebrate her life. We appreciate her devoition to our parents, Curtis and Lila Haggard. Ruth surely will be looking to find them in the Spirit World.
Jewel Gibson
April 24, 2012
Dear Marvine,
May God be your comforter as you mourn the passing of your dear friend Ruth.
I miss the both of you on the golf course, and missed seeing her when she took her walk around the Hampton golf course walking path.
Enjoy the memories. God Bless you!
Doris Figgers
April 24, 2012
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
April 24, 2012
I am touched by her passing and have great memories of her faithfulness to her Lord and her church. Praying especially for Marvine, another great friend.
Pastor Fant
April 24, 2012
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