Obituaries » Joan M. Mitchell (Best)

February 20, 1931 - October 17, 2019

Funeral Service Date
October 22, 2019
Funeral Service Time
11:00 am

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Joan M. Best Mitchell, a member of St. Therese Catholic Church in Fort Wayne, died Thursday October 17th, 2019. She was born in 1931 in Fort Wayne where she lived until moving to Wells County in 1973. Graduate of Central Catholic class of 1949 and attended St. Francis College in 1983 and 1984. She was an executive secretary at Wayne Hardware Inc. for twelve years and the El Paso Natural Gas Co. in Texas for two years. She also worked a few years at the Old Fort and the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese. Joan was fiercely devoted to her family. She loved her children, grand and great grandchildren. Her short singing career ended at a young age after numerous live performances on WOWO radio in the 1940’s. She married and had three children who she raised as a stay-at-home Mom, a blessing beyond words. She was endlessly involved in so many activities and endeavors that it would take a novel to list them all. No one could be more supportive, and was always so proud of her family. A woman who shared her faith with her family; who now in faith, ask God to welcome dear Joan into his loving embrace. While we know this parting is only temporary, Joan’s family grieves her absence in our lives profoundly. We pray that Joan walks blissfully with the Good Shepherd, and may God’s perpetual light shine upon Joan forevermore. We love you Mom, Grandma, Great-Grandma and sister…we’ll see you again soon. Joan is survived by son, Greg (Debbie) Mitchell of Markle, IN; daughters, Teresa (Kenneth) Mabe of Newnan, GA, Susan (Michael) Maloney of Ossian, IN; six grandchildren, Justin (Colleen) Maloney, Tony (Michelle) Dellinger, Stephen (Amber) Mitchell, Jimmy (Lindsay Hoops) Mitchell, Brittany Croy, Kylie (Matt) Worthman, Shanna Maloney, Robert (Rebecca) Mabe, Jon Mabe; 10 great grandchildren; brother, Tom (Nancy) Best; and her beloved cat Gus. Joan was preceded in death by her parents Isidore M. Best and Wilma Reuille; and twin siblings, Maurice and Marjorie Best, who passed away in infancy. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 am, Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at St. Therese Catholic Church, 2304 Lower Huntington Rd., Fort Wayne with calling one hour prior. Visitation will be held Monday, October 21, 2019, 2 – 4 pm & 6 – 8 pm at Divine Mercy Funeral Home, 3500 Lake Ave., Fort Wayne with rosary at 3:30 pm. Burial will be in Catholic Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Masses. To sign the online guest book, go to

Visitation Information:

Divine Mercy Funeral Home

Phone: 260-426-2044

Address: 3500 Lake Avenue Fort Wayne Indiana, 46805

rosary at 3:30 pm

Visitation Date

October 21, 2019

Visitation Time

02:00 pm – 04:00 pm

06:00 pm – 08:00 pm

Additional Info

rosary at 3:30 pm

Funeral Service Information:

St. Therese Catholic Church- Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-747-9139

Address: 2304 Lower Huntington Rd Fort Wayne IN, 46819

Service Date: October 21, 2019

Service Time: 2:00 pm

Service Notes: calling one hour prior

Funeral Service Date

October 22, 2019

Funeral Service Time

11:00 am

Additional Info

calling one hour prior

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