Melissa Claudette Mitchell

melissa mitchell

January 6, 1968 ~ December 20, 2022

Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Melissa “Missy” Mitchell, 54, of Asheville, NC died peacefully on December 20, 2022 at Care Partners Solace Center after a long illness. Her mother was by her side. She was born on January 6, 1968 and was a lifelong resident of Asheville. Missy graduated from A.C. Reynolds High School in 1986. She worked for 22 years at Blue Ridge Bone & Joint/Emerge Ortho, serving first on switchboard and later in medical coding. Prior to that Missy worked at Dillard’s and Woolworth’s.  

Missy was devoted to her family. She lovingly helped raise her niece and three nephews. During the last year of her life, one of her greatest joys was seeing her great niece Charlie in person and in pictures texted to her. In the final weeks of her life, Missy was determined to make it to Charlie’s one year birthday party in November. She had a front row seat as Charlie opened presents and ate cake. Missy was also determined to share Thanksgiving with her family as well. That afternoon was spent feasting, laughing, and reminiscing. 

Missy enjoyed simple things: trips to the beach, concerts, going to the movies, trying new restaurants, going out for coffee. She shared these experiences with John, the love of her life. Their devotion to one another was sweet and pure. 

Missy was a faithful daughter, checking in with her mother each day and making sure she had everything she needed. She was also a wonderful sister. During her illness, she spent a great deal of time with her brother, Bobby, as he cared for her. While much of that time was marked by hospital and doctor visits, there were also moments of laughter and joy. To each member of her family and all her friends, Missy was a bright and shining light. She had a sharp wit and a tender heart.

Missy was preceded in death by her father, Robert Eugene Mitchell Sr. She is survived by her life partner John Thomson, mother Constance Hyatt Mitchell, brother Bobby Mitchell, sister Jennifer Blankenship (Randy), sister April Nance (Chad), honorary sister Kim Fordham, niece Constance Kyle (Ryan), nephew Dusty Blankenship (Ellie), nephew Mitchell Nance, nephew Will Nance, and great niece Charlie Rose Blankenship.   

The family would like to thank the staff members of Solace and of Groce Funeral Home – Tunnel Rd for their compassionate care of Missy and her loved ones. 

A memorial service is planned for Saturday, January 14th at 12:00 at Haw Creek Commons, 315 Old Haw Creek Rd, Asheville, NC. Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road is assisting the family.

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  1. Even though I haven’t seen Melissa in years I remember her being such a sweet person. Sending my sincere condolences and love to her family.

  2. Dear Family,

    I worked with Melissa at Blue Ridge Bone & Joint, and she never failed to make me laugh.
    She will be missed deeply. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

    Donna Trantham

  3. I had such good times when we were growing up. I am praying for all the family she was a cousin I could always count on. Love you all

  4. Heaven recieved a beautiful Angel. I am so blessed to have been called her friend. She is deeply missed! My thought and prayes are with you all!

  5. Much love from Missy’s West Coast cousin and my stayers and father. We are devastated with the news of her illness and passing, but so happy you have such wonderful memories to keep in your hearts. I personally have very sweet memories of the year she spent living with us and attending high school with her in Tacoma, WA. She will be missed my many.

  6. My sincere condolences go out to the family. I knew Missy and Bobby from afar, but was in the same high school graduating class as April. I knew April all through school and like her sister, she was always a shining star.

  7. My deepest condolences to the family. Melissa was a sweet and funny lady. I didnt get the opportunity to know her very long, but Im very glad I did have the time I did. She will be missed. Sending many prayers to the family.

  8. Some of the best memories of my life were made while spending time with my sweet cousin, Missy and her precious family. I am sending all the love, hugs and prayers to you all right now.

  9. would like to send my deepest condolences and prayers to all the family….missy was a very sweet and lovely young lady who loved her family…..sending hugs and love

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