Goodnight Mom, Sleep Tight

GRADUA~1I miss you Mom.  You were so full of poise and grace and southern charm, so educated, spiritual, and progressive.  Yet it seemed sometimes that you had stepped out of an older, grander time.

You were Scarlet O’Hara with a laptop, Rita Hayworth with a solid working knowledge of HTML.

Thanks for teaching me how to find my way around a card catalog, how to type, how to pray, and how to question everything.  Thanks for instilling in me a love for words, poetry and music and a deep appreciation for culture.  If it wasn’t for you I never would’ve been a writer.  You were a dreamer, a diva and one hell of a dancer.  You were amazing.

I love you Mom.  Goodnight, sleep tight.


Betty N. Mitchell, 78, of Sandston passed away on Wednesday, January 13, 2016. She was a graduate of Pan American Business School and most recently worked as a legal secretary for the Virginia Bar Association. She was a belly dancer for years at Shiva’s School. She studied genealogy and published a book on the Naff and Related Families Genealogy in the USA. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Mitchell and parents, Jesse Naff and Naomi Kirby. She is survived by her son, Robert E. Mitchell, Jr. (Karen); four grandchildren, Tiffany, Robert, Amber and Morgan; three great-grandchildren, Kota, Shunta and Audrey; and two brothers, James M. Kirby, Jr. and Thomas N. Kirby. The family will receive friends Friday, Jan. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Nelsen Funeral Home, 4650 S. Laburnum Ave., Richmond, VA 23231 where services will be held Saturday, Jan. 16, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Washington Memorial Park. Online condolences may be made here.

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14 responses to “Goodnight Mom, Sleep Tight

  1. Hi Robert, my condolences and best wishes to you and your family at this time of your loss. Phil Stanfield

  2. Hi Robert, they’re beautiful photos of your mother – I didn’t see them in my Reader. My very best wishes to you and your family. Phil

  3. Hi Robert. My condolences and best wishes to you and your family. You’re in my prayers today.

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