Davida Andrea Elleston

December 10, 1984February 6, 2019

Davida Andrea Elleston Mitchell, age 34, of Hickory, NC, passed away on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at her residence. Born December 10, 1984 in Brooklyn, NY, she was the daughter of David Alphanso Elleston and Deborah Elaine Green Elleston.

A 2002 graduate of New Hanover High School, she was a member of the National Honors Society with a 4.0 GPA. She graduated in 2008 from University of North Carolina in Wilmington with a Bachelor of Arts. She was a gifted pianist and violinist.

Davida was preceded in death by her daughter, Jocelyn Azalea Mitchell.

In addition to her parents, David and Deborah Elleston, she is survived by her husband, Raymond Mitchell; children, Christian Elleston-Munoz of Wilmington, Andrew Elleston Bauter and Ashton Elleston Bauter, both of Hickory; siblings, Christopher Elleston of Jamaica, West Indies, Christopher Lett of Washington State, Meline Elleston of St. Albans, NY and Omar (Sophia) Elleston of Philadelphia, PA; uncles, Harold Green and wife Susan of Wilmington and Arthur Elleston and wife Vaudie of Ocala, FL; aunts, Beverly Green Hernandez and husband Miguel of Jackson Heights, NY, Edna Foster of Brooklyn, NY, Idell Davy and husband Leonard of Orlando, FL, Eda Elleston of Baldwin, NY and Yvonne Francis and husband Gerald of Brooklyn, NY; godfather, Lloyd Wallace of Brooklyn, NY; and several cousins and special friends.

A brief service and receiving will be held from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 9, 2019 in the Chapel of Drum Funeral Home in Hickory with Rev. Rich Irwin officiating.

Condolences may be sent to the Elleston family at The Elleston family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Hickory, NC.


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Lisa Angelica Berg

February 13, 2019

I don't know what to say. I'm still shocked about her death. She was my best friend for 20 years. We became friends in 1998, which is the same year that my family moved down her from Long Island. I was a new sophomore at New Hanover High School, and she was a freshman. She was the best friend I ever had. I miss her all the time. I feel like I'm just waiting to wake up and find that her death was just a bad dream. We had so many memories together, and stayed close friends through multiple life changes. I remember her everywhere I go, especially places that we went together like Flaming Amy's Burrito Barn. I've had her burrito preference there (A chipolte Barbeque burrito with mixed beans, chicken, no carrots, and extra chipolte barbeque sauce) memorized since 2005, and she had my burrito order memorized all those years as well. They had cards where for every 9 burritos you bought, you got the tenth free, and we would go with the card and each pay half price for our burrito. She loved Elizabeth's Pizza; we would go there and she would get pizza while I got sweet potato fries. We got the daily special meals at Firebellies downtown quite a few times. Once, she spontaneously drove herself, me, Scooter, and another friend or 2 of hers to Myrtle Beach, and even though it was late at night and we couldn't afford to buy anything, we looked around, and a hotel that was illuminated the most awesome blue in the dark gave us paper hats to remember them by. She was really happy that the whole drive to and from MB was done without needing to put more gas in her car.

Her daughter, Josslyn Azalea Elleston Mitchell, died when she was only 30 days old of SIDS. I know that Davida is holding her baby girl now in heaven.

Cathy Maldonado de Narvell

February 9, 2019

D this is like a bad dream I am so shocked by all of this but you are the lucky one you get to be with Jossy n God our Father. I will forever be grateful to your friendship n the advice that you willingly n freely gave to me. May you now rest in peace with no more worries. I will forever carry you in my thoughts n prayers. I will miss when I used to see you how you would always hollar hey honey

Dianne Larson

February 8, 2019

I am so sorry to hear about this. I stayed in loose contact with Davida the last few years and knew how she suffered, especially after losing Azalea. Thinking about all the times in middle school and high school she spent the night with Saundra, their friendship and their minor spats. Davida played the piano at my wedding (she was only 13!). Such a talented and pretty young lady. You will remain in my thought and prayers. Love you always, Dianne

Stephen Hobbs

February 8, 2019

I’ll never forget meeting Davida. She just came up to talk to me of out the blue in my ninth grade year. She introduced herself, and then proceed to me that I “seemed interesting” so we could be friends. Just like that I had a new friend. I enjoyed our tutoring where believe or not my math grades did get better even though a majority of our sessions were just out of control laughter. She was there for me in truly the most “horrible” time of my high school life. She was so wonderful at distracting me from my troubles, and being there for everyone who needed her without making anyone feel like she was taking sides.
I cannot forget the time we decided we would go to Ihop, and see who could win in a battle of endless pancakes. For the record she won 11-9, she had me beat at 10, but decided to stick it to me with the 11th just because she knew it would infuriate me. I can't help but laugh because little did we know walking out of there would be a victory for neither of us. You were a gentle and gifted soul. I hope you are finally at peace. Prayers to first and foremost your children, and your parents who were always so good to me.
Rest in Peace Davida Andrea

Jessica Smith

February 8, 2019

I don’t even know where to start. SO many memories. I met Davida in high school and we instantly bonded. She was smart and vibrant. She had a special talent for music and I used to love listening to her play piano. We would dance and sing to Soul Decision and we had so many inside jokes. We would laugh until we cried and then laugh some more!! Just thinking about the memories and the inside jokes brings a smile to my face. As we grew up we shared milestones together such as motherhood. She loved her children and talked about them all the time. She often reached out to me and showed compassion towards my son’s autism diagnosis. I will miss her immensely and think of her daily. I find peace knowing she is snuggling Josslyn. Love you, Davida Andrea!!!

Lisa Kennedy

February 8, 2019

My dear cousin Davida
It's sad to here that you have departed from us so soon. I remembered when you first moved down to N.C. You were this cute lil shy girl with long ponytails. You were so smart and excelled in anything you put your mind to. You were indeed a kind and loving spirit. Just to know that your light is no longer shining in this world pains me. You will truly be missed. Love you!💕💕💕

Scooter Silva

February 8, 2019

My Dear Davida, I just remember the school old days. I remember us having fun & having a good time together. Us hanging out and going places. Some days when we hangout you just made my day by your smile & laugh. You where one of my best friends in school. I will always remember the good times we had together. I will always love you. I will miss you. You will always be remember & never ever forgotten. I will keep your family in my prayers and thoughts.


February 7, 2019

We lived in that dusty ol trailer park.. We have a lot of memories.. I love you.. Rest easy sweet girl


February 7, 2019

We had so many memories from high school. The many afternoons we played tennis at Empie Park , the sleepovers., where we always talked about everything under the sun. You were another sister to me. I really hate that we couldn't see each other much , especially since I have been in the Charlotte area for a while. I will pray for your family and healing. You aren't suffering anymore. No matter what it is you went through. You will always have a special place in my heart. I love you.

Rebecca Shipman

February 7, 2019

I grew up with my cousin Davida! She and I were close as children and had recently reconnected via Facebook! My heart is sad and it hurt! Prayers for my aunt Deborah and uncle David and especially for her beautiful children. She taught me how to knit when we were children (lol) she had a lot of patience with me and I appreciate it. I love you Davida May you Rest In Peace baby girl!