Harlene Elizabeth Mitchell, 80, of Lillington, N.C. and formerly of Hannibal, passed away at 4:23 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, 2018 at Emerald Health and Rehabilitation Center in Lillington, N.C.

Harlene Elizabeth Mitchell, 80, of Lillington, N.C. and formerly of Hannibal, passed away at 4:23 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, 2018 at Emerald Health and Rehabilitation Center in Lillington, N.C.

Funeral Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 at the First Church of the Nazarene in Hannibal. Rev. Jason Young will officiate. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Hannibal.

Friends and family are invited to Harlene’s Life Celebration at a visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal.

Harlene was born Oct. 25, 1937, in Hale, to Floyd “Haus” Roberts and Bernice Guilford Roberts Stevens.

She was married to David Dean Mitchell on Aug. 15, 1959 in Perryville. He survives.

Other survivors include two children, Tracy Borgmeyer (Bob) and Troy Mitchell (Melanie); five grandchildren, Jonathan Borgmeyer (Amber), Joshua Borgmeyer (Sydney), Jacob Borgmeyer, Morgan Mitchell and Vance Mitchell; three great-grandchildren, Maria Borgmeyer, Ella Borgmeyer and Mack Borgmeyer; one brother, Harold Roberts (Sherry); one nephew, Terrell Roberts; and two nieces, Le'Anne Wagley (Henry) and Kyndra Myers (Andy).

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Harlene was a graduate of the Hannibal High School class of 1955. Professionally, she enjoyed a long career in customer service. Harlene first was a secretary to the Principal at Hannibal High; she later worked in the Hannibal office for the Metropolitan Insurance Company. Harlene also worked in the family business at the Mitchell Disposal Service. Later Harlene, worked for Longview Development and BFI before retiring in 1996.

Away from work, Harlene enjoyed sewing and gardening. She sewed many costumes for musicals, festivals and even for her church’s live Nativity scene over the years. Harlene also loved to care for her ornamental carp pond and “planting posies,”as she often referred to her flower gardening. A gifted cook, Harlene loved to host large meals that usually featured one of her hams and for desert, her famous homemade vanilla ice cream. The Mississippi River was special to Harlene, and she enjoyed many outings boating with her family over the years. Always taking pride in her appearance, Harlene never went out without her hair and makeup perfectly done and the right outfit.

Above all else, Harlene cherished her family. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren, whether watching her son, Troy, race cars or her grandsons’ sports over years, Harlene rarely missed an event. Time shared with family meant the world to Harlene.

A member of the First Church of the Nazarene, Harlene taught Caravans and was involved in the church’s puppet ministry for years.

Pallbearers will be Harlene’s grandsons, Jonathan Borgmeyer, Joshua Borgmeyer, Jacob Borgmeyer, Morgan Mitchell, Vance Mitchell; and her son-in-law, Bob Borgmeyer.

Honorary pallbearers will be Harlene’s great-grandchildren, Maria Borgmeyer, Ella Borgmeyer and Mack Borgmeyer.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the First Church of the Nazarene for the Children's Ministry.

Online condolences may be made and video tribute may be viewed at www.jamesodonnellfuneralhome.com