Marcille Mitchell passed away on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, at Avita Senior Living at Rolling Hills in Wichita, Kansas, at the age of 96. She was born on Jan. 15, 1924, in Arkansas City, Kansas, and was adopted on Feb. 14, 1924, by Roy and Josephine Payne.
Marcille grew up in Chicago and moved to Wellington, Kansas, in 1938. Marcille graduated from Wellington High School and was united in marriage to Horace S. Yates in 1942. They had three children and lived in many places around the country for Horace's work. The family returned to Wellington in 1957.
She was proud of her Osage Indian heritage and was a member of the Osage Nation in Pawhuska. Marcille was a member of the First Christian Church where she enjoyed teaching Sunday School. Marcille volunteered and helped to get the Chisholm Trail Museum in Wellington started in the late 60s, early 70s, and she enjoyed being a Girl Scout leader too.
She was employed at a variety of industries over the years including Woolworth's in Wellington, Robert's Dry Goods Store, Boeing Aircraft, Caltex Oil Company in Okinawa, C.E. Russell, Clark Manufacturing and finished her career at Charles E. Watson's Law Office where she worked for over 20 years. Outside of work, her hobbies included needlework, crafting, painting, decorating, gardening, and scrapbooking family memories on her computer.
Survivors include her children, J. Michael Yates, Dayle Harris and Millie Jo Saunders; grandchildren, Cara Jean Melvin, Cally Jo Gowers, Brett Harris, Bart Harris, Marcie Peyton, Molly Harris-Wilson, Katie Buresh and Mitchell Johnson.
Excerpt from a poem that her mother, Josephine, had saved (by Annie Johnson Flint, “God hath not promised skies always blue”)
God hath not promised skies always blue,
Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through;
God hath not promised sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.
But God hath promised strength for the day,
Rest for the labor, light for the way,
Grace for the trials, help from above,
Unfailing sympathy, undying love.
Following cremation, the family will have a private graveside gathering at Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Wellington, Kansas.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Chisholm Trail Museum or the Wellington Public Library. Contributions can be mailed or left with the funeral home.
Arrangements by Cornejo Funeral Home + Crematory, Wellington, Kansas.