Juanita (Henderson) Mitchell was born in Birmingham, Alabama on July 30, 1934 to the union of Jack Arthur and Pearlie Henderson. She attended and graduated from Praco High School in Praco, Alabama in 1952. She continued to support her alma mater as a member of the Praco Alumni Association Milwaukee Chapter.
After graduating from High School and moving to Milwaukee, Juanita began her first job as a domestic worker. She also worked as a Nurse’s Assistant at Columbia Hospital, and for the Miller Brewery Company as a Brewery worker where she retired after 20 years of service in 1997. Juanita loved to travel, and after retirement, she cruised and traveled the world with her special nieces, Alma (Punkin) Leatherwood, Gwen Golden, and many other family members and friends.
Having confessed Christ at an early age, Juanita continued on her Christian journey and became a lifelong and faithful member of the Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church. She sang in the Gospel and Mass Choirs and served on the Anniversary, Kitchen and Bereavement Committees. She was also a member of the Sartin Circle until her Death.
She was married to Albert Vernell and from that union she was blessed with one son Reginald Vernell and one daughter Brenda Renee Grant. She was later married for more than 33 years until his death to Louis D. Mitchell. From that union her family grew, and she was blessed with a daughter Candice (Zera) Miller and a son Barry (Tracey) Mitchell, as well as a stepdaughter Linda (the late Melvin) Johnson, and a stepson Edward Charles (Neva) Brooks.
In addition to her children and her devoted grandson Omari Grant, she leaves to cherish her memory: 12 additional grandchildren who referred to her as their Nana; 25 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great grandchildren; a host of deeply and genuinely loved nieces, nephews, cousins other relatives and friends. Preceding her in death are her loving husband Louis Mitchell; her parents, Jack Arthur and Pearlie Henderson; and her Stepson Edward Charles Brooks.
Juanita bravely and gently departed this life on November 14, 2020. She was such a precious gift from God, and we are so very grateful to have experienced her beauty, her grace and her love. She touched our hearts and those of others in so many ways. Her smile was so bright even on the bad days. She loved her family so much, and she held on tight until all her strength was gone, and she could no longer fight. So she gave her hand to the Lord and slowly drifted away.
Walkthrough Visitation at Krause Funeral Home, 21600 West Capitol Drive Brookfield on Monday, November 23, 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Funeral Service at 12:00 PM. Burial at Wisconsin Memorial Park to follow.