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OBITUARY - Lou Mitchell

Service Info

Service Date & Time
Thursday, Jul 19, 2018 at 11:00 AM
Firestone | Wed., July 18, 2018 | 12:00P - 6:00P
Inglewood Park Cemetery (Graveside)
720 E. Florence Ave.
Inglewood, CA 90301
Inglewood Park Cemetery
720 E. Florence Ave.
Inglewood, CA 90301

In Loving Memory of Lou Mitchell

November 11, 1928 - July 8, 2018

Lou Henri Mitchell was born to the union of John Wesley (JW) and Ansolmn Zebedee (AZ) Miller on November 11, 1928. Lou was the only child born to this union. She has two half-sisters and one half-brother.

Lou accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized into the Baptist Church. As a student at a Catholic Boarding School, Lou attended Mass regularly. She became knowledgeable about the Catholic Church. This sparked her interest in comparative religions. She later converted to Seven Day Adventist.

Lou was a life-long learner. She received her early education in Birmingham, Alabama. She took night school courses in business at Jordan High School. She later earned two Associates of Arts Degrees from Southwest Community College.  Her interest in religious history led her to study Judaism and Islam. To deepen her understanding of Judaism, Lou took Hebrew language classes. At the age of 36, she took piano lessons and became an accomplished classical piano player.

Lou married Curtis L. Beamon in 1946, from this union three beautiful girls were born. She and Curtis divorced in 1952. In 1956, she married Walter L. Mitchell. They had four handsome sons. They were married for thirty-one years before his sudden death in 1987.

Lou worked for Watts Labor Community Action Center as a secretary in the early 80"s. She went to work for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) in 1983. She began as a volunteer classroom assistant at Weigand Avenue School, where 3 of her 4 boys attended. In 1984, she was hired as a Teacher"s Assistant. She taught at Florence Avenue Elementary School and then moved on to Miramonte Elementary School, where she continued until her retirement in 1999. She loved teaching and recognized the importance of education. To support children and their parents, she organized reading classes in her community.

Lou had a passion for people and life. Her home was a gathering place for family functions and friendly visits. She enjoyed music and reading. She had a gift for cooking and baking; her coconut cakes were often requested by friends and family. She loved talking about politics and religion. She had a special place in her heart for her community. With the goal of community improvement in mind, she served on various boards and committees, some of which included the Watts Health Center, the Metropolitan Transit Authority, and Washington Court
Apartment Tenant Association. She was the recipient of numerous awards and accolades for her many contributions.

Lou was preceded in death by her parents, JW Miller and AZ Oliver, her loving husband, Walter L. Mitchell, her daughter Ansolmn (Tonda) D. McCullum, and son Marion W. Mitchell.

Along with many precious memories, Lou leaves a legacy of education, self-motivation, and activism. Her legacy and memories will be preserved by herchildren: Alvonia L. Fonteno (Wilson), Frances E. Russell (Dewitt), Melvin L. Mitchell, Walter L. Mitchell, and Reuben V. Mitchell (Reggie). Lou will also be fondly remembered by her grandchildren: Lori, Shelly, Shawanna, Reuben Jr., Jamal, Roy, Kierah, and Melissa; by her great-grandchildren: Cleveland, Kayla, Mercedes, Kristina, Jazzlyn, and Reuben Ill, by her great-great-grandchildren: Laila,
Dornel Jr, Amina, Zaire, and Natalia. She also leaves behind a half-brother, Melvin Miller, half-sisters, Mildred Short, and Lorna Reda Miller, and a host of family and friends. 

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The family of Lou Mitchell would like to thank you for the many acts of loving kindness shown to us during our bereavement. Your thoughtfulness is deeply appreciated and will always be remembered.

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