-Springfield- Mrs. Ava Cacelia Mercer Mitchell, 84, passed away Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at Effingham County Extended Care.
Mrs. Cacelia was known as Mama Ceal or Aunt Ceal to her family. She loved to cook and loved her church. Mama Ceal cooked in several cafes. She loved being involved in her church, where she was the president of the Women's Society, a kindergarten Sunday School teacher, and piano player. She loved music and directed the music program at the Effingham Senior Citizens Center.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Irvin W. and Ava E. Mercer; and two sisters, Margaret Williams and Carlotta Steed.
Survivors include: her children, Julie Steed Hodges (Carey) of Springfield, Detra Mitchell Morris (Calvin) of Clyo, William Gregory Mitchell of Ridgeland, SC; Randi Mitchell Colson (Frankie) of Springfield, and Michael Irvin Mitchell of Ridgeland, SC; sister, Mary Helen Steed of Clyo; brothers, Austin Mercer (Beverly) of Clyo and Walter Irvin Mercer of Clyo; 14 grandchildren, many great grandchildren and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be held on Friday, September 14, 2018 at Silverhill United Methodist Church from 9AM – 10AM with funeral services to follow at 10AM. Burial will be held in the church cemetery.
Memorial Contributions may be made in Mama Ceal's memory to the Effingham County Senior Citizens Center, 601 N Laurel Street, Springfield, GA 31329
Riggs Funeral Home