Norma L. Mitchell

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Norma Mitchell, 95, died peacefully on July 3, 2018 at Claridge Court Health Center. A visitation will be held at St. Ann Catholic Church, Prairie Village, KS at 9:30 AM on Monday, July 16 followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Kansas City, MO.

Norma was born to Harry Lieber and Bernice Claxton in Wahpeton, North Dakota. She attended St. John’s Catholic School, Wahpeton High School, and the North Dakota State College of Science. Norma careered with the Navy Department in Detroit, MI before moving to Washington, D.C. where she worked with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS, predecessor of the CIA). Norma married Eugene P. Mitchell on June 26, 1948 and celebrated 50 years of marriage before his death in 1999.

Norma believed in service and was actively involved in her community. She was the founding President of the St. Joseph Health Center Foundation, worked on the St. Joseph Hospital Advisory Board, and is a lifetime member of the St. Joseph Hospital Auxiliary. Norma was a member of the Ladies of Charity and was involved with the Friends of Art, St. Ann School, Belinder School PTA, Bishop Miege School Board, Rockhurst High School and St. Teresa Academy. Norma moved to Claridge Court in 2003 and became active in service committees and community activities.

Norma was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene P. Mitchell; brother, Captain James C. Lieber, USN; and sister, Mary Frances Ebersviller. “Norrie” will always be remembered by her 8 children and families: Pat (Vicki), Jim, Mike (Kathleen), Tom, Ann Hoffman (John), Madge Schmank (Jim), Nonie Newman (Bill) and Molly Mitchell Danciger (Gary); 18 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren.

The Mitchell family is grateful for the care provided by the staff at the Claridge Court Health Center and Catholic Community Hospice—Catholic Charities of North East Kansas.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Catholic Community Hospice—Catholic Charities of North East Kansas.


  • Catholic Community Hospice
  • Catholic Charities of NE Kansas


  • Visitation Monday, July 16, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, July 16, 2018
  • Reception Monday, July 16, 2018
  • Committal Service Monday, July 16, 2018

Norma L. Mitchell

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July 19, 2018

She was always so welcoming when I visited your home.
Best wishes to all the Mitchells.

Tommy Fagan

July 16, 2018

I wonder if Norma will have to go through her nephew ‘Mikey’ to get an audience with God himself? He was someone who “always knew the owner”! She will be missed by so many. Always part of the solution, never a part of the problem. And always doing the right thing.

Dan Fogarty

July 14, 2018

Oh maaaaan. What a woman. Your mom was like a second mother to me. And so much fun when she'd come over for giggles with Weesie.

It was always was like a special occasion when Gene and Norma would stop by, even if it was a weekly event. They always left such a great wake wherever they passed, making everyone gently rock in the sun with a smile.

Love all you Mitchells and miss you.

Dan Fogarty

Patrick Rush

July 12, 2018

Dear Family of Norma Mitchell's,
One of the dearest people I have known has finally gone to God to be reunited with her dear Gene. She will be missed and she and you are in my prayers.
Fr. Pat Rush

Janet Fogarty

July 12, 2018

Mitchell Kids,
Oh what beautiful and fond memories I have of Norrie!

I'm sad for you all to lose your mom but I know she is laughing up a storm with Gene, Weesie & John, and more.

Love, love all the photos. Go Padre Island!


Lori Gregory

July 10, 2018

Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell will always be two of my favorite people ever. Your mother, grandmother and great grandmother was the epitome of grace and hospitality. Anytime I had the privilege of being a guest in their house, I felt welcome, comfortable and cared for - and frankly left feeling a little bit smarter than before I arrived since Mr. Mitchell was likely to throw out a few Shakespeare quotes and little known facts! So many delightful memories of both of them. I'm so very sorry for your loss and so happy they are together again. How lucky you all are to have had them. Hugs to all - Lori Gregory

Gail O'Neill

July 9, 2018

Dr. Mitchell and Courtney,
So sorry to hear of the passing of your mother/grandmother. You are in my family's thoughts and prayers. Losing a mother/grandmother leaves a big hole in your heart that can't be healed. But remember she will live on forever in your heart. Love you guys! Gail O'Neill

Mark Spano

July 9, 2018

Dear Jim and Michael,

It's been many years. I want you to know I'm thinking of you and your entire family at this time. I only met your mother a few times. She and your father founded a remarkable clan. I'm sure you have many memories. You have much to be proud of.

You are all in my thoughts,

Mark Spano

Lizzie Hautman

July 7, 2018

I am deeply saddened to hear of Norma's passing. I have known her my whole life as her and my Mom were friends since birth. She was so awesome, interesting, beautiful, loving, understanding and funny. I love you Norma, hug my Mom for me.