Carol Croft Mitchell

Carol Croft Mitchell, 63, of Tamms, died at 3:05 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at her residence.

She was born on March 6, 1949, in Cairo, the daughter of George and Mary Croft. They preceded her in death.

She married Warren “Buddy” Mitchell on Jan. 6, 1969.

She served as mayor of Tamms for three terms up to the week before her death. She was also a retired rural mail carrier, serving the Tamms area for 31 years.

She and Mr. Mitchell owned and operated Mitchell’s Barbeque & Catering.

She was a member of numerous public service committees, too many to name. She was raised in E&R church in Tamms and currently attending Villa Ridge Union Church.

Her greatest adventure was a three-month vacation to Alaska with her family. She said her passion in life was her family.

She is survived by her husband, Buddy; a daughter, Tricia Mitchell Heppe (Michael) of Indianapolis, Ind.; a son, David Warren Mitchell (Pam) of Tamms; six grandchildren, Lucas Mitchell-McNulty, Megan McNulty, Brittney Mitchell, Alexandria Mitchell, David Mitchell Jr. and Nicholas Mitchell; one great-grandson, Tyson Webb; her stepfather, Charles “Chick” Hood of Tamms; one sister, Sherry (Bruce) Vick of McClure; one brother, Dennis (Dianna) Croft of Jackson, Mo.; a brother-in-law, Herman Blackward of Oklahoma City, Okla.; nieces and nephews Renee Brown, Michael Shannon Croft, Tim Vick, Todd Vick, Angie Arnold, Liz Melton, Jeff Blackward and Nathan Blackward; great-nieces and great-nephews Reagan, Chris, Caleb, Hayden, Emma, Jeremiah, Mary, Catherine, Jessica, Austin and Alexis; and many other loved ones and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, George Croft; and a sister, Anne Blackward.

To honor her life, there are several options: memorial contributions to TIP Hospice, 25 Leigh Dr., Anna; cards can be sent to the family at P.O. Box 7, Tamms; or online condolences can be shared at

On Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at the Tamms Community Center, the fire department dinner and bingo will be dedicated to her memory.

Crain Funeral Home in Tamms is in charge of the arrangements.

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