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OBITUARY

Lynn Hatfield Mitchell

July 12, 1954February 15, 2021

Lynn Hatfield Mitchell passed away after several years of a long illness on February 15, 2021. Having been born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on July 12, 1954, she was 66 years at the time of her death. She had retired from Union County Public Schools where she had taught music with various age levels for 14 years. At the time of her retirement in August 2019, she was the Choral Director at Sun Valley High School, Indian Trail, NC.

Prior to her teaching in North Carolina, she taught in the states of Ohio, Florida, Georgia and Alabama. She graduated from Girls’ Preparatory School in Chattanooga, Tennessee for her high school diploma, continuing on to graduate from Florida State University, with a Bachelor’s in Music Education, and then finished her formal education at the University of Georgia with a Masters in Music. Throughout the years her student choirs received high ratings in competition, shepherding several students to national exposure. She was teacher of the year from time to time.

She was continually involved in coordinating many musical theater productions, both in her schools and community venues. Her interests and activity was routinely directed to church choirs, bell choirs and children’s musicals…serving many congregations of different denominations. She was a longtime member of the Presbyterian Church, USA.

She is survived by her husband Steve, to whom she was married for 37 years, as well her adult children: Davis and wife, Jessica, Melissa and Hannah; her brother, David (Ilka) Hatfield and by all the children and students she led to enjoy sharing music with the world around them.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in her honor and to the glory of God, may be made to the Lynn Hatfield Mitchell Music Scholarship Fund, part of which will be given yearly to a deserving choral music graduating senior at Sun Valley High School, Indian Trail, NC. Make checks out to: MorningStar Presbyterian Church, 13000 Idlewild Road, Matthews, NC 28105, and clearly memo the gift Mitchell Scholarship Fund.

A memorial service will be viewable online Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 1:00pm on McEwen Mint Hill Chapel's Facebook page. Link is available on their website, or you may go to www.facebook.com/McEwen Funeral Home Mint Hill Chapel.

Online condolences may be offered at www.mcewenminthillchapel.com

Services

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, February 20, 2021

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Memories

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Lisa Pianka

February 20, 2021

Lynn was so supportive of all musical abilities...she stood beside me during a handbell presentation giving me the courage to continue even when I faltered. I also LOVED her touch on the piano. Her playing was elegant and beautiful.

Sue Aufdenkampe Black

February 20, 2021

Steve, Davis, Melissa and Hannah,

We were saddened to hear of Lynn's passing. Many prayers to you and your family as you move forward knowing that she is missed but at peace.

Sue and Bob Black

Anne Fricker

February 19, 2021

I knew Lynn because of working for her Father for years. My heart is broken for your loss. May her memories be a blessing. Prayers for the family.

Kathy Alexander

February 19, 2021

Steve and family, We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Lynn,. Even knowing it was coming cannot fill the empty spot at the table or the large hole in the heart. May God grant all of you peace and love and comfort at this hard time. Sincerely, Jay and Kathy Alexander

Xavier Kelley

February 19, 2021

Mrs. Mitchell was a wonderful educator. I knew from the first time I entered her class that she had a passion for music and a deep love for her students. She helped many of us find our identities, and inspired us to be better musicians, as well as better people. She loved the Lord and loved her family. It was my honor to have been one of her students. I'm praying for the Mitchell family.

Caleb Peters

February 19, 2021

Mrs. Mitchell was a teacher unlike no other, her kind heart and strong spirit was reflected every day through what she taught in class. No matter what she was going through, Mrs. Mitchell always put all of her passion and strength into growing her students. I know this firsthand because I myself was a student of Mrs. Mitchell for about 2 years; and I can confidently say my time in her choir class became some of the the best moments of my life. My best high school memories, relationships, and experiences can be attributed to the choir class at Sun Valley High School, and this is all because of the wonderful environment that Mrs. Mitchell created. She will be missed greatly, and I will never forget the impact she had on me as a student and singer. My prayers and thoughts will be with her family during these difficult times; and I know that God is with them always!

Patti Bopp

February 18, 2021

Ms. Mitchell was a very special teacher that I am so grateful that Lauren had the privilege of experiencing all four years of high school. She always took an interest in each of one her kids like they were her own . She knew their strengths and weaknesses in order to help them grow as singers, students and young adults. She inspired Lauren to reach out of her comfort zone in her singing and show the talent that she had to offer. She taught them to always do their very best even in times of adversity. Ms. Mitchell will always be in the hearts of all her students. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family. Please take comfort in knowing just how special she was as a teacher.

Ethan Parker

February 18, 2021

Mrs. Mitchell is an educator I’ll never forget. She had a heart of gold and had a real passion for finding potential in all of her students. She gave everything she had to them until she physically could no longer. Although, she rests in peace, her legacy of inspiration lives on.

Jeff Reynolds

February 17, 2021

I am reminded of Lynn often when I am here at Sun Valley HS. She and I both taught our classes here in the band room. Lynn had a genuine love for kids and the teaching profession. It was a sad time when she realized that she could no longer continue doing what she loved here at school. For those who didn't know, she literally carried her life around in those oxygen tanks while teaching kids those last few years. I was always amazed at the determination she showed, and her kids all knew she was devoted to teaching, and more importantly, to them. As all of us educators know, we don't just teach the content, but we teach life skills through music. Lynn touched the lives of so many children and adults over the years. May God comfort Steve and the kids during this time of grief, with the knowledge that Lynn is singing beautiful songs of praise in His presence.

Bari Burke

February 17, 2021

Lynn was always there for the chorus students at SVHS. She dedicated so much time to them and their success. My favorite memory is the beautiful choral numbers she led during graduations, especially the graduations of my three children. She will be missed.

FROM THE FAMILY