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Mildred Fern (Downs) Mitchell
Mildred Fern (Downs) MitchellYellowRoseMildred Fern (Downs) Mitchell, 78 of Prospect, passed away Saturday morning, April 12, 2014 at the DeWolfe Place in Marion.

She was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on June 14, 1935 to the late Gilbert and Edna (Reedy) Downs.

Mildred was a graduate of Johnsville High School in Morrow County.  She was a former member of the Mt. Gilead Nazarene Church where she had served as pianist.   She later served as treasurer of the Green Camp Baptist Church.  Upon graduating from The Ohio State University, she taught kindergarten for thirty-five years at Elgin South Elementary.  She loved teaching each of her 1500+ students and further contributed by mentoring student teachers, participating in the Ohio Education Association and Marion County Teachers Association, and serving as treasurer of the Elgin Band Boosters.  Mildred was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, who enjoyed traveling with her family, crocheting and gardening, and documenting life through photography.

On August 26, 1956 she married Dan Mitchell in the Mt. Gilead Nazarene Church and he survives in Prospect.  She is also survived by her daughter, Dr. Heidi (Mike) Ries, Centerville (Dayton); her son, Dan (Terri) Mitchell, Columbus; two grandchildren, Timothy Joseph Ries and Rosamiel Rene Ries; a sister, Rosalie (Gerry) Wittington, Tamaroa, Illiniois; two brothers, Russell (Donna) Downs, Mt. Vernon; Fred (Carol) Downs, Frankfort, Indiana; a sister-in-law, Marrbell Downs, Bucyrus; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by a brother, Marvin Downs.

The Mitchell family is deeply grateful for the loving care Mildred received from the staff “angels” at DeWolfe Place, as well as Acclaim Hospice.

Private family services will be held at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Prospect.

Memorial gifts may be made to Acclaim Hospice, 1199 Delaware Ave, Marion, OH  43302 or Alzheimer’s Association, 1379 Dublin Road, Columbus, OH 43215

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com

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#1 from: Joel Redmond
Sun, Apr 13, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Dear Mr. Mitchell,

I have many, precious memories of lessons received from you, including at your home (almost 10 years worth). Your wife was always so sweet and kind to me. I am sharing my music in a fair-sized church, both at the piano and organ. I thank you for this. Its been a saving grace in my life. May even now your music be a means of consolation, in this your great loss.  

#2 from: Nancy and David Wiley
Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 7:30 AM

I am so sorry to hear of Mildred's passing.  I remember some great times when my son,Kevin Ackerman was a Kindergarten student in her class. I went in to help make a very big Easter Bunny out of chicken wire.  The children stuck squares of toilet paper into make it fluffy.  I helped "Millie" in many ways that year.   I taught kindergarten for a couple of years in New Bloomington and later went on to teach preschool at NU before retiring. She was my mentor.  Love to all the family and prayers for strength at this difficult time.  Nancy Ackerman Wiley

#3 from: Tanyce Addison
Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 7:32 AM

Dear Dan and family,
My deepest sympathy.  Millie certainly had a gentle loving influence in this world through all of the children and colleagues she touched.  

#4 from: Julia and Marty Carmichael
Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 9:41 AM

We are Sorry to hear about your loss Dan.  Praying for you and the family.  Your Mom was a Great teacher, she taught our oldest
daughter, who is now 30.

#5 from: Jim and Joan Ault
Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Sorry for your loss.She was my grandsons kindergarten teacher. Dan you were my music teacher. You and the family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Jim and Joan Ault

#6 from: Carrie (Matlack) Willauer
Marion, Ohio
Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Mrs. Mitchell was my kindergarten teacher in 1987. Although that was a long time ago I always remember her sweet smile and her love for her students. My deepest sympathy at this time of your loss, she was truly an amazing lady.  Prayers to you and your family as you remember this wonderful lady!

#7 from: Dave Downs
Vicksburg, MI
Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 1:50 PM

I have many wonderful memories of spending time with Aunt Mil and Uncle Dan in their home and in my parents home.
Aunt Mil was a wonderful aunt and always made sure her nieces and nephews had a great time in her home!
I will be praying for peace, comfort, and strength for Uncle Dan, Heidi and Dan in these days that lie ahead.
Love, Dave Downs

#8 from: Amy (Isler) Alexander
Reno, NV
Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Mrs. Mitchell was my Kindergarten teacher in 1980, and such a sweet, patient and wonderful lady.  She made Kindergarten a pleasure for a timid student and for all in her class.  I have never forgotten her… my deepest sympathies to the family.

#9 from: Doug, Sherry & Spencer Downs
Gallipolis, OH
Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Our love and prayers go out to Uncle Dan, Dan, Heidi and their families. So many precious memories of Christmas and summer cookouts at your home. Lots of remembrances at the Downs Family farm & family reunion time. May God comfort your hearts with His love and grace during this time of loss. Aunt Mil was a wonderful example to our lives.

#10 from: Brenda & Ted Gatchel
Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Quite a LADY

#11 from: Tanya L. Foulk
Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Mrs Mitchell was my kindergarten teacher back in 1976. When people ask me who my favorite teacher was, I often say  Mrs. Mitchell. I remember her kindness, compassion, and love. I felt loved in her  class... And I was one of those kids that really needed it. She was a wonderful woman.  
Prayers for your family.

#12 from: Giles and Ruth Hoch
Prospect, Ohio
Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 7:50 PM

To Dan and Family,

We are thinking of you at this time and sending our sincere sympathy to all of you.

Giles and Ruth Hoch

#13 from: Vanessia
Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 10:03 PM

My prayers go out to her family. She was beloved by all who knew her and was a teacher her students loved!!

#14 from: Jill (Long) Rose
Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 10:33 PM

I am saddened to hear of your loss. Your Mom was a very special person. Cherish the memories you have.

#15 from: Mary Jo Meyer
Prospect, Ohio
Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Ms. Mitchell was my kindergarten teacher in 1997. I am probably one of her younger students, but when I saw her a few years ago she still knew me by name. She was one of the sweetest teachers I ever had. She was such a blessing to the Elgin community. We lost an amazing teacher, but heaven gained a loving angel. My prayers and condolences to the family, friends, former students, and community of Ms. Mitchell.

#16 from: Mike and Jennifer Thompson
Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 6:51 PM

We were so sorry to hear about Mrs. Mitchell's passing. She taught both of our children in Kindergarten and was an amazing person and teacher. Heaven has an amazing spirit!

#17 from: McCloud Family
Boca Raton, FL/Richwood,OH
Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Our deepest sympathy.  She was such a sweet lady and wonderful teacher!

#18 from: Elaine Leffler
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 2:19 AM

Mr. Mitchell, I wish to extend my sympathy to you and your family.  You were my band director at Pleasant School and  I always appreciated your allowing me to join the band my last couple of years at Pleasant. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

#19 from: Tim Sharrock
Mt. Gilead
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Hi Danny & all of the Downs family,\r
So sorry about the passing of Mildred. I remember her as being a wonderful person just like you all.\r
May God give you peace & comfort in this time of deep sorrow. Russell & I attend the same church.\r
The Mitchell & the Downs families are the BEST.\r
Love you all.

#20 from: Sue Coile
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Dan and family,  I will always remember our trip to OSU for summer classes.  Millie was a very special person, kind, caring, and always willing to help.  My thoughts and prayers go with during this difficult time.

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