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Phyllis A. (East) Mitchell

Phyllis A. (East) Mitchell, daughter of James G. and Anna (Jarrett) East, was born on September 2, 1924 in Texas County, Missouri, and passed away on March 12, 2013 at Kabul Nursing Home, Cabool, Missouri.

Phyllis grew up on a farm north of Cabool and attended Sunday school and church at Hamilton Creek Baptist Church. She attended her first four years of school at the one-room Freely Give School, and finished the rest of grade school and high school in Cabool, graduating with the class of 1943.

She was saved at an early age in a revival at Providence Church and later was baptized. After graduating, during World War II, she was employed at Boeing Aircraft in Wichita, Kansas. Soon after the war, she enrolled in Draughan’s Business College in Springfield, Missouri, and was hired by Lily Tulip in Owens, Illinois, and after many years retired. Phyllis then moved back to Texas County and to Mtn. Grove, Missouri, and when able she again attended the church of her childhood, Hamilton Creek Baptist Church.

Phyllis loved all flowers and worked hard caring for them. Her favorite flower came from her mother; it is tall, yellow and only blooms in October but the name is unknown. Although she had no children, she dearly loved her nephews and niece.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Falus J. East; sisters Elsie East Altis, Effie East Card, M. Marie East Powers and Stella East Kelly; and nephews Jimmie East, Neil East, Harold Altis, Klifton Altis and Raymond Goode.

She is survived by sister-in-law Wanda East of Cabool; nephews J.D. East of Aurora, Missouri, and Dallas East and wife Midori of Cabool; niece Rebecca East Berry and husband Rick of West Plains, Missouri; Ruth Mary Altis, Jimmy Ray Powers and Billie of Independence, Missouri; Leota and Velda Kelly and their husbands of Springfield; and many great- and great-great-nieces and -nephews; cousins Ileene Harmon and the Streets family, Lena, Lawanta, Earl, Roy and Melva. She will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved her.

Services were held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 15, 2013, at Hamilton Creek Missionary Baptist Church near Cabool with Andrew Peters officiating. Interment was in Union Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Online condolences may be made at

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