Hester Jane Mitchell

June 28, 1928-December 14, 2020

Jane Mitchell was born June 28, 1928 in Auburn, CA to Ralph and Irma Melvin, and grew up in Turlock.

She was a 4-H- All Star from Stanislaus County, graduated from Turlock High, MJC, and attended Fresno State, majoring in Home Economics.

She married Gordon Mitchell in 1951, and together they worked a dairy farm in Hilmar.

She was a 4-H project and community leader, teaching and mentoring hundreds of 4-H members.

Jane served as President of the Hilmar PTA, receiving its Founder’s Day service award.

 Later, she became a Rural Mail Carrier in Hilmar, a career of which she was very proud.

A dedicated fan and supporter, she attended the sports and school events of children, grandchildren, and great-grands, and was the 1974 Football Mother for Hilmar High.

Her radio was always tuned to a SF Giants game, and she loved watching golf- especially Lee Trevino.

She was an active member of Berea Lutheran Church, Hilmar, sewing Lutheran World Relief quilts, teaching Sunday School, and was a member of council and altar guild. She later was a faithful member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Turlock.

She was predeceased by a son Kenneth, her parents, husband Gordon, sister Beth Sousa, and son-in-law Gary Moore.

She is survived by her daughter, Judy Moore, sons Kevin (Vicky) and Steve (Eileen) Mitchell, brother Wayne (Donna) Melvin, brother-in-law Lowell Sousa, 6 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren, 12 nieces and nephews, and many others who considered her a Mom, and called her Grandma.

Jane willingly served others with a glad and selfless heart.

Memorials in her name may be given to Lutheran World Relief- lwr.org/faith or California 4-H Foundation- FOREVER4H.ORG

A graveside service for family members only will be held on Saturday, December 19th at North Hilmar Cemetery at 11:30am. Masks and social distancing, please.


Remembrances

  1. Farewell, Aunt Jane. You were what we call nowadays a “SUPERMOM”. What a woman! Memories of you will always be in my heart. You are with the angels now and probably loving it, feeling right at home.
    May God grant comfort and peace to all those you left behind.

  2. Greetings Family, I have many fond memories of Jane. Growing up around this generous lady in Church and having her as our mail was a blessing. She did surlu put others before herself. I also call that a servant’s heart. She left a strong and positive legacy for her extended family to carry on and that is the greatest gift anyone can leave. Prayers and condolences.

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