Mrs. Betty Jo Godwin Mitchell

January 5, 1932July 27, 2010

Mrs. Betty Jo Godwin Mitchell, 78, of Winston-Salem, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born January 5, 1932 in Memphis, TN to the late William Joseph Godwin and the late Ruth Henley Godwin. Mrs. Mitchell was a renowned local artist and her paintings have been exhibited in galleries throughout North Carolina. She specialized in floral still lifes, seascapes, and landscapes, and also portraits and sculpture. Her work was mainly in oils and watercolor. Mrs. Mitchell was educated at the Memphis Academy of Fine Arts where she received a Bachelor of fine arts degree in painting and sculpture. She also attended the University of Tennessee where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Art Education. Betty will be forever remembered by her family and friends as a loving wife and mother, and a talented artist who loved painting, gardening, music, and traveling to beautiful places. Surviving family includes her husband, William H. Mitchell; daughters, Alice G. Mitchell Marshall "Drew" and Margaret Ruth Mitchell; son, Robert Henley Mitchell; and granddaughter, Isabell R. Godwin Marshall. The family will visit with their friends on Monday, August 2, from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Vogler Funeral Home Reynolda Chapel, 2951 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106 (336-722-6106). A private service will be held later. If you wish, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Betty Jo Godwin Mitchell, to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1205, Winston-Salem, NC.


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Merrie Petrus/Harding

August 15, 2010

I have thought of your family many times in the past few weeks. I remember visiting with your mom and dad in Orlando and Winston Salem. We have several of her paintings, which we cherish. Your mom and my mom were friends and relatives! Thank you for sharing both of your parents with us.

Merrie Petrus Harding

Ruth Kooken

August 4, 2010

We are so sorry we did not know of Betty's death till yesterday. We remember her for her wonderful creativity in painting and sculpture and cherish the several pictures we have of hers and of course the wonderful sculpture we have of Keith. We attribute much of our son Kevin's artistic development to Betty who always insisted that you kids draw from life and not in a coloring book. Love to you all. Keith and Ruth Kooken

Peggy and Gordon Rich

August 2, 2010

We pray that God will bring you comfort as you begin your grieving for the loss of your mother. We extend to you our love and special thoughts. You were richly blessed to have enjoyed your mother for so many years and the joy that she brought to you. The beautiful memories will fill your heart and soul.

May God bless each of you and Ali, we love you dearly.

Peggy and Gordon Rich

August 1, 2010

I am certainly thinking of each of you at this time -- especially tomorrow night during the memorial service. I wish I could attend.

Your mother was a good friend to my mother -- her cousin -- and your mom was always so interested in what was going on with us.

Your mother was also a very talented woman. We have the wedding portraits of my parents hanging here. Such a treasure.

Sent with warmest wishes and sympathy to each of you, Bonnie Petrus

August 1, 2010

As Betty's former long time neighbor, I will always remember a surprise she once gave me. I had taken down a bouquet of my camellias to brighten her day, Several weeks later, I opened my door to find Bill standing there holding a beautifully framed oil painting of those same camellias. Such a memorable and thoughtful gift. To this day, I have that painting proudly hanging in my living room.

Fondly, Janet Sanford

July 31, 2010

I loved Betty so much! She was such an influence on my life. She will certainly be missed by my family and me. Bill, Robert, Ruth, Alice, Drew, and Isabell are in my prayers. Love forever, Cousin Charlotte