Sara Jane Westmoreland Mitchell

Sara Jane Westmoreland Mitchell died Friday, July 28, at home at the age of 79.

The funeral service will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Pascagoula, Monday, July 31. Visitation will be at noon with the service following at 1 p.m. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, August 1 at Magnolia Cemetery in Batesville.

Born in 1937, Mrs. Mitchell grew up in Batesville. She attended the University of Mississippi where she studied elementary education and was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. After college she married Melvin Mitchell. They moved to Pascagoula in 1965 where she taught school for 39 years. Mrs. Mitchell was a ruling elder and member of First Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Melvin; sons Meade (Holly) of Jackson, and Steven (Nuria) of San Antonio; and grandchildren William and Mary of Jackson, and Ruth and Rebecca of San Antonio. Mrs. Mitchell was preceded in death by her parents, Margaret and James Westmoreland of Batesville.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 1819 Pascagoula St., Pascagoula, Miss., 39567; or the American Cancer Society (1-800-227-2345) or 1380 Livingston Ln., Jackson, Miss. Condolences may be expressed online at



Kindergarteners (from left) Jaycee Baker, Paylor Jordan, Lucy Hines, Hart Noblitt and Carter Haralson recently dressed for their hundredth day of school at Jackson Academy.