Berneice Mitchell, 73, of Buffalo, a missionary for her church, died Sunday (Sept. 19, 1999) at home after a long illness.
Born in Halifax, N.C., on April 15, 1926, Mrs. Mitchell moved to Buffalo at a young age. She attended Fosdick Masten High School in Buffalo.
Mrs. Mitchell was an active member of Refuge Temple Church of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ under the leadership of Bishop Nathaniel Jones Jr. and also served the church under the leadership of Superintendent William Hooker. Appointed district missionary for the church in 1969, Mrs. Mitchell served in that position until her death. She was one of the founders of Stairway to Heaven Church of God in Christ, now under the leadership of the Rev. John Mosely.
Mrs. Mitchell began foster parenting in 1964. Since that time, 122 children have resided with her.
Her friends said she touched the lives of many people from all walks of life, from the infants to the elderly. She was always willing to help and advise.
She is survived by her husband of 49 years, the Rev. Floyd; eight daughters, Bessie Mosely; Patricia Wilkins of the Bronx, Diane Northington, Marquita, Sheila, Antoinette Carmichael, Serena Salters and Leah Brown; a son, Grady Coleman; 24 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at noon today in Abundant Life Church of God in Christ, 1242 Jefferson Ave. Burial will be in St. Matthew's Cemetery.