OBITUARY

Joyce Lindgren Mitchell

June 19, 1932March 12, 2019

Joyce Lindgren Mitchell, 86, of Columbia, Missouri passed away March 12, 2019.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. March 30, 2019 at the Missouri United Methodist Church, 204 S. Ninth St., Columbia, Missouri, with Pastor Fred Leist officiating. Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. at Missouri United Methodist Church. A reception will follow at the church. Burial will be in the Chester Township Cemetery in Grinnell, Iowa, and in the Missouri United Methodist Church Memory Garden. Joyce was born June 19, 1932 in Des Moines, Iowa to Buell and Grace Lindgren. She has two brothers, Larry (Janet) Lindgren of Camarillo, California and James (Sheila) Lindgren of Carmel, California and they survive.

She was married to Roger Lowry Mitchell June 26, 1955. He preceded her in death on June 4, 2013. They have four beloved daughters: Laura, in Columbia, Susan in Kansas City and Columbia, Sarah in Shawnee, Kansas, and Martha in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The cherished family circle includes Winona Vetch, Brian, Ben (Kayla) and Nick Smith, Roger, Anna and Mitchell Feyerherm, and Shaun, John and David Cooper.

Joyce had a lifelong love of learning which began as she was graduated valedictorian from Roosevelt High School in Des Moines. She received a BS from Iowa State University 1954. Other degrees awarded were the MS in Arts Administration at Kansas State University (1980) and an MA (1994) and PhD (2000) in English from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She also attended several summer sessions at Cambridge University in England.

Joyce had an abiding interest in her home and family, providing a welcoming, comfortable and well-run home. She felt it was the perfect time to raise four daughters. Things were opening up so women had a much greater choice of things they might follow in later life. She was a very proud on-looker as they made their choices.

After she completed the Arts Administration Master’s Degree she worked as the Public Relations Coordinator for the Concert Series for the University of Missouri-Columbia. This enriched a lifelong interest in theater and music and provided personal contacts with many outstanding performers of that time (1981-1989).

Another life-long interest was traveling. Together with Roger they traveled widely: Africa, Greece, Thailand, Russia, Scandinavia, Europe, China, India, South America, Canada and Egypt. They also had many adventures exploring the US. It a was a rich, full life.

Special thanks to TigerPlace and the caregivers at Keeping Good Company and Compassus. Gifts in Joyce Mitchell’s memory can be made to Classical 90.5 FM’s “Chopin Café.” Joyce was a longtime supporter of classical music and public radio and helped to establish “Chopin Café,” the longest running program on Classical 90.5. Contributions may be sent to Classical 90.5, Attn: Joyce Mitchell Memorial, 78 McReynolds Hall, Columbia, MO 65211, by calling 573-882-9136 or at MUClassical.org.

Services

30 March

Visitation

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

MIssouri United Methodist Church


Columbia, MO

30 March

Memorial Service

2:00 pm

MIssouri United Methodist Church


Columbia, MO

REMEMBERING

Joyce Lindgren Mitchell

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Janice Mitchell

March 17, 2019

Laura, Susan, Sarah & Martha:

I always enjoyed our visit with your Mom. She was a very gracious person. We stayed in touch with annual phone calls at Christmas time. Had so many good time when you lived in Ames. She will be missed by many.

Janice Mitchell

Donna Checkett

March 17, 2019

My husband, Chris Teeter, and our son, Evan, lived next door to Joyce and Roger for many years. They were the best neighbors we could have ever had! Every Thanksgiving the Mitchell house would fill with their families and our house would fill with our families. Joyce would always make the most wonderful pies and sometimes slices of her pie, brownies and cakes would find their way over the fence and into our kitchen! Of course her work with the Concert Series was remarkable and made such a difference in the lives of so many music lovers in Columbia and throughout Missouri. We loved seeing her around Columbia, always with a smile and a warm hug and conversation. The last time we saw Joyce was at the fundraiser for Ellis Library--of course she was always so generous as well. We were lucky to have her in our lives and in our community.

Doug Crews

March 17, 2019

So honored to have known Roger and Joyce through the Mizzou Alumni Association and the Friends of the MU Libraries.

Bea Smith

March 17, 2019

Laura, Susan, Sarah and Martha -- The wonderful photograph of your mother reached out to me from this morning's Tribune. The photo and the obituary perfectly captured the warmth and grace of my friend. Both your mother and father personified goodness and graciousness in all of their endeavors, and their lifelong bond with one another was a beautiful thing to see. I loved hearing of their pride in you. It was a special treat to hear of their travel adventures. I thought the description of their welcoming and well-run home was so apt. Joyce and Roger Mitchell lived meaningful lives as individuals and as a couple who are now together in Eternity.

My love and condolences to all of the family members.

Bea Smith

Darcy Wells

March 14, 2019

Addison and I send our love from 504 West Lathrop Road...our beloved home for 19 years. So many of our happy memories here are connected to your Mom. Joyce “walked me through” our home when I phoned her out of the blue from Lawrence, KS in Spring 2000. We had never met, but I played the “I’m from Iowa” card and said I knew Roger. With her eloquent words, she described this home perfectly; I knew it was meant to be mine...sight unseen. It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship. The four Mitchell girls were icing on the cake.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY