Lecinda Sue Mitchell
Date of birth: March 2 1944
Date of death: June 1 2019
Lecinda Sue (Kmetko) Mitchell (March 2nd, 1944), following several long battles with cancer died at home in Keizer, Oregon on May 31st, 2019. Thomas Mitchell, her husband of 55+ years, and children Jason Mitchell and Leslie Mitchell were by her side.
Born in Ravenna, Ohio to Keith & Wilma (Biles) Kmetko, the family then moved to Tucson, Arizona in the 1950’s and eventually settled in Phoenix where she graduated from Carl Hayden High School in 1962. She excelled at math, studied dance with her twin sister Linda and younger sister Nancy, and enjoyed cheerleading and pom pom groups throughout high school. Her positivity, enthusiasm, and loyalty carried through her adult life and were reflected in the support and love she showed to her family and friends.
In December 1963 she married her high school sweetheart in front of family and friends in Phoenix, Arizona. After the arrival of son Jason, the family of three moved to Fullerton California for the birth of daughter Leslie. From there the family moved to Tacoma, Washington, eventually settling in Tigard, Oregon in 1981. In 1993 she moved to Salem with husband Tom to help run the moving and storage business they purchased. In 1998 they built their dream home together in Keizer, Oregon. Thanks in part to her financial and bookkeeping skills, they sold the business and retired in 2013.
Cindy, as family and friends knew her, loved Christmas, home decorating (she was a champion wall paper-er), dance, and arts and crafts of all sorts. She was known to crochet Afghans for all those she loved. Some of her favorite pastimes include doting on her grandchildren, and telling people about her daughter’s dental practice and enlightening people to the existence of Pink Martini (the band her son works for). She supported numerous political and social causes. She was quick to smile, and guests in her home were typically well fed.
She is survived by her husband Thomas (Keizer, Oregon), son Jason (Portland, Oregon, daughter Leslie (Tualatin, Oregon) as well as grandchildren Parker, Riley, and Lillie, and son-in-law Nick. Her sunbeam presence will never be forgotten.
Family and friends will celebrate her life at the family home on June 15th, 2019. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Oregon chapter of the American Cancer Society.
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Candle lit by Stsrr Marchetti I will miss your smile and hugs! R i p
Candle lit by Staff at Crown Memorial Center Our sincere condolences.
Candle lit by Steven Johns A beautiful tribute to your mom. Peace to you and your family.
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Candle lit by Nancy Kiesau Rest well my sweet sister. I will forever love and miss you with all my heart!
Candle lit by Lara Ghelerter Your warmth will be missed by all
Candle lit by Michelee McGeath What a special tribute. Her sister Nancy shares some of her enthusiasm, kindness, and sparkle. So very sorry for your loss—