Mitchell Cecilia F. Mitchell, known as Ceci, passed away on April 26, 2015. As an activist for civil rights for all people, she was a member of the Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance and the socialist-feminist group Atlanta Women's Union. She was part of Stop the Road fight in the 1980s, to keep a proposed freeway from destroying the Little Five Points neighborhoods. She co-founded Lucina's Music which brought openly lesbian performers to Atlanta audiences from 1977 to the early 1990s.. She did media campaign work for US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. She traveled to Washington DC for many demonstrations against war and for gay rights, including the 50th anniversary of 1963 March on Washington in August 2013. Ceci was a bird watcher and nature lover who kayaked, hiked and bicycled. A Grady Hospital mental health counselor, her clients were abused children and low income adults. As a journalist, she won recognition from the Georgia Press Association. She was an honors graduate of the University of Michigan and earned Masters degrees in both Couseling and Public Relations from Georgia State University. She was interred in Michigan. A Celebration of Life memorial service followed by a potluck lunch will be held Saturday, June 13, beginning at 11:30am at the First Existential Congregation of Atlanta, 470 Candler Park Drive, Atlanta 30307. Please bring a drink or dish to share. Memorial donations may be made to Sierra Club, the Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition or Georgians for Gun Safety.
Cecilia Florence Mitchell was born on November 10, 1951 in Lexington, Kentucky to her proud parents, Lloyd and Clara Mitchell. She was the second child, following her brother, Lloyd Thomas. She later became a big sister to two younger sisters and two younger brothers - Julia Anne, Marguerite Michelle, Johnston Mark (wife, Brenda), and James Christopher (wife, Cheryl). Ceci was her preferred name, and she was named after her father’s mother.
Ceci resided for the large part of her adult life in Atlanta, Georgia, working professionally as a counselor in private practice and ultimately at Grady Memorial Hospital. She also practiced and refined her writing skills and talent as a journalist for different daily newspapers in between studies for two Master’s degrees in Psychology and Public Relations. Other professional work included acting working as the spokesperson for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and working at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Early childhood for Ceci revolved around Sunday School, mischief making like hiding behind the living room chair or climbing high up a on farm truck to trick her Dad, being a girl scout who loved to sing Kum Ba Yah, and getting good grades to satisfy her thirst for knowledge (and parents who were public school teachers). During junior high, she became the class vice president, using the slogan, Good Things Come in Small Packages.
As a high school student, she played flute in the concert and marching bands, participated and won awards in forensics competition, and played the lead in George Orwell’s drama, 1984. She graduated from the University of Michigan with honors, receiving an undergraduate degree in Psychology. Her Master’s degrees were both from Georgia State University. Ceci loved to visit family. She traveled to every family event to enjoy neices and nephews. She brought celebration and adventure to all the family, never hesitant to ski, swim or play a board game with the children. Her many hobbies included travel, cross country skiing, golf and swimming, hiking, birdwatching, and political activism, and she was a member of the Lutheran Church. She loved animals, including her dog, Natty, whom she rescued several years ago.
Ceci is survived by her mother, Clara, five siblings, two sister-in-laws, seven nieces and three nephews, many great nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles, her many special friends, and the world and Nature she loved so much. She has been reunited with her dad and older sister, Carey, in heaven.
Funeral Services will be held Sunday May 3, 2015 at 2 pm from Our Savior Lutheran Church with Pastor James Karch presiding with burial in Butman Township Cemetery. Friends may call at the Sisson Funeral Home on Saturday from 4 to 7 pm and on Sunday at the church from 1 to time of services.
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BIRTH 10 Nov 1951, Kentucky, USA
DEATH 26 Apr 2015 (aged 63)
BURIAL Butman Township Cemetery, Butman, Gladwin County, Michigan, USA
- Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Atlanta, GA) Sunday, 07 Jun 2015
- The Flint Journal (Flint, Michigan) 02 May 2015