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Hester Jane Mitchell
June 28, 1928-Dec 14, 2020

Jane Mitchell was born June 28, 1928 in Auburn, CA to Ralph and Irma Melvin, and grew up in Turlock. 

She was a 4-H- All Star from Stanislaus County, graduated from Turlock High, MJC, and attended Fresno State, majoring in Home Economics.

She married Gordon Mitchell in 1951, and together they worked a dairy farm in Hilmar.

She was a 4-H project and community leader, teaching and mentoring hundreds of 4-H members.

Jane served as President of the Hilmar PTA, receiving its Founder’s Day service award. 

 Later, she became a Rural Mail Carrier in Hilmar, a career of which she was very proud. 

A dedicated fan and supporter, she attended the sports and school events of children, grandchildren, and great-grands, and was the 1974 Football Mother for Hilmar High.

Her radio was always tuned to a SF Giants game, and she loved watching golf- especially Lee Trevino.

She was an active member of Berea Lutheran Church, Hilmar, sewing Lutheran World Relief quilts, teaching Sunday School, and was a member of council and altar guild. She later was a faithful member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Turlock.

She was predeceased by a son Kenneth, her parents, husband Gordon, sister Beth Sousa, and son-in-law Gary Moore.

She is survived by her daughter, Judy Moore, sons Kevin (Vicky) and Steve (Eileen) Mitchell, brother Wayne (Donna) Melvin, brother-in-law Lowell Sousa, 6 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren, 12 nieces and nephews, and many others who considered her a Mom, and called her Grandma.

Jane willingly served others with a glad and selfless heart.

Memorials in her name may be given to Lutheran World Relief- or California 4-H Foundation- FOREVER4H.ORG

A graveside service for family members only will be held on Saturday, December 19th at North Hilmar Cemetery at 11:30am. Masks and social distancing, please.