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Norma Jean Mitchell


Norma Jean Mitchell, 72, of Atkins, died Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 8, at St. John Lutheran Church in Newhall, where a visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. before the service. Interment will follow in Fairfax Cemetery.
Jean was born Jan. 24, 1945, in Ottumwa to Harry "Bob" and Jessie (Adams) Christy. After graduating from high school, she was united in marriage to John Mitchell at St. John Lutheran Church. They would have celebrated 53 years of marriage this year.
Jean farmed with her husband in Atkins for many years. She had a passion for candle-making and worked in several shops in Amana, as well as her own candle shop in Atkins. She was a faithful member of St. John Lutheran Church. She was active in the Friendship Club and Red Hat Society. Jean also participated in a monthly social card club with her group of friends for over 40 years. She enjoyed gardening and cherished her beloved cats.
She will be deeply missed by those who loved her.
Jean is survived by her husband, John, currently residing at Mercy Hallmar Care Center; three children, Jeffery Mitchell of Atkins, James (May) Mitchell of Waddell, Ariz., and Janell (Jason) Kraus of Nashua; four grandchildren, Alexandra (Rick) Lewis, Haleigh Mitchell, Jadyn Mitchell, and Kaila Mitchell; and one great-grandchild expected in July.
Also surviving are her siblings: Barbara Orr, Peggy (Michael) Davis, Donald (Lorie) Christy, and Deborah (James) Twesten; and brother-in-law Dennis Wiley.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Cheryl Wiley; and brother-in-law, Robert Orr.
Memorials in Jean's name may be made to St. John Lutheran Church.
Online condolences may be conveyed at www.cedarmemorial.com.