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Johnetta Mitchell Marshall

Born: Fri., Jul. 14, 1939
Died: Sat., Apr. 26, 2014


Memorial Service

12:00 PM Sat., May 10, 2014
Location: Serenity Funeral Home


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Johnetta Mitchell Marshall, aka “Queen Joyous”, (Jo) was born July 14, 1939 and departed this life on April 26, 2014. She was the third of four children born to the union of Prentiss Mitchell, Sr. and Lennie Lee O’Neil Mitchell. Her older sister, Dorothy Mitchell, approximately two years her senior, passed away two months before Jo was born. Dorothy’s passing created a vacuum in the life of the family, which Jo graciously and immediately filled. She was God’s gift to her parents and a comforting presence to her father, thus creating a special bond among them. Her father, Prentiss Mitchell, Sr., brother, Herman Luvert Mitchell, Sr., and her mother, Lennie Lee O’Neil Mitchell, preceded her in death in, 1979, 1998 and 2000, respectively.

Jo began her education at Britt Elementary School, a one room School in Scott, AR. After completing Britt Elementary School, she attended, and graduated from Carver High School in Lonoke, AR, where she excelled in Basketball. After finishing high school, Jo enrolled in Philander Smith College where she attended one year before transferring to the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Later she earned her license as a nurse which served her well until she retired in 2001.

Jo came west to seek her fortune in 1962, and lived with her cousins Louis and Dehetti Gantt of Los Angeles, CA. She subsequently moved to Long Beach and worked at St. Mary Hospital. She later was employed as a nurse at Santa Fe Convalescent Center from where she underwrote part of her brother’s post-graduate education.

In 1968, she met and subsequently married Johnny Russell Stanfield.  To this union two sons, were born, the late Donald Russell Mitchell and Michael Anthony Stanfield. Later she met and married the late Stanley Marshall and became the mother of four children.

Jo was given the opportunity to experience and express her “regal” side when she and friend Albertine established the Precious Jewels Red Hatters, on July 9, 2009. At that time, Albertine became Queen and Jo became Vice-Queen, where she assumed the royal name “Joyous”. When Queen Albertine re-located to North Carolina in November, 2009, Jo founded her own chapter, Ladies of Zion, and became Queen thus earning the right to be called “Queen Joyous.” She wore this title honorable and humbly until her reign ended on April 26, 2014. Long Live The Queen!

Jo professed a hope in Christ at an early age and united with Zion Chapel Baptist Church of Scott, AR, in 1952. She continued her quest for a deeper and more submitted life in Christ in all places she travelled. After she returned to Long Beach, CA, in 2002, she united with the St. Luke Holy Baptist Church, Artesian Well Church and lastly, Light and Life Christian Fellowship, in 2012. She continued her service at LLCF, as a “Greeter” until her health prevented her for doing so.

Jo remained faithful in all of her endeavors, whether professional or spiritual. Whether interrupting her life pursuits twice to return to Arkansas to care for her ailing parents; or opening her doors and her hearts to family members and friends in need: or playing endless games of chess with her “sister” Blonnie Dobson; or sitting and planning a Red Hat Chapter with her other “sister” Albertine Speights; or studying, dialoging and relishing the Amazing Grace, and rejoicing over the majestic promises of God with her other “sister” Karyl Crosthwait; Jo lived and exemplified a committed Christian life.

She leaves to celebrate her memory, and preserve her legacy, her brother, Prentiss Mitchell, Jr. and his wife Virginia of Long Beach, CA; her sister-in-law, Wilvolene Mitchell of Little Rock, AR: her sons, Michael Anthony Stanfield of Tulsa, OK; Johnnie Marshall of Sterling, VA; Michael Marshall of Sterling, VA; her daughter, Stacy Marshall of Sterling, VA; her grandchildren, Dalila Asha, Opal Talise, Nina Marie, Mya Janae and Elijah; her God-daughter, Lorraine Preston-Miller; her God-sisters, Blonnie Dobson, Albertine Speights and Rosalyn Hutton, her Red Hatters family, and a host of nieces, nephew, cousins, other relatives and friends.

The Psalmist writes in Psalm 90:9b, “we spend our years as a tale that is told.”

In her “Five Wishes” booklet, she wrote the following regarding “My Wish For What I Want My Loved Ones To Know”:

“If anyone asks how I want to be remembered, please say the following about me: She was a person who loved God. Someone loving and caring, with the interest of others above my own.”

Such was her life; such is her truth.

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Herman Mitchell
   Posted Fri May 09, 2014

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Mildred Jones
   Posted Fri May 09, 2014
Mitchell/Marshall Family,
We pray that God in His infinite wisdom will continue to bless everyone and surround you with His love.
God's Grace,
Mike & Mildred Jones

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