Century Club: Lillian Edith Mitchell follows her golden rule of helping others
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Lillian Edith Mitchell's motto is: "Do the best that you can to help as many as you can." She has been following it for 100 years.
She was born on Sept. 10, 1912, in Knoxville, Tenn., the youngest of William and Lillian Ruth Mitchell's seven children. Upon moving to Pittsburgh with her mother, she attended Rose Elementary School in the Hill District, then Pittsburgh Business High School, Duff's Iron City College, Fifth Avenue Evening School and Duquesne University. She also took classes at Temple University.
Ms. Mitchell worked for the Urban League of Pittsburgh and Works Progress Administration in New York City. For 43 years, she was a senior typist/stenographer for the state Bureau of Employment Security.
She was baptized at age 7 and is a longtime active member of Grace Memorial Presbyterian Church in the Hill District. An ordained elder, she has been a bookkeeper, vacation Bible school volunteer and a member of Presbyterian Women, helping to coordinate its annual celebration. She was an elected officer with the central branch of Christian Endeavor and a Pennsylvania officer for that organization.
While living at Granger House in Penn Hills, Ms. Mitchell organized and promoted Bible study and service of Holy Communion. She began Bible study at Seneca Place in Verona, where she now lives.
At Grace Memorial Presbyterian Church, she is known for making and sending Valentines to sick people and shut-ins. Some years, she sent more than 400 Valentines.
About 60 people joined her for a birthday celebration at the church after services Sunday.
First Published September 11, 2012 12:00 am