It is with great sadness that the family of Sharon Lucille Mitchell announces her passing on August 8, 2022, at 78 years of age. She was born January 10, 1944 to Norma Palmer Mitchell and Harold Vernon Mitchell in Philadelphia, PA, with the family relocating to Atlantic City, NJ, when she was an infant.
She was educated in the Atlantic City school system, graduating from Atlantic City High School in 1962. Sharon was proud to have been raised in the nurturing community of Atlantic City known as the Westside, where she made lifelong friends Agnes Horton, Doris Terrell, Joyce Williams and Patricia Shannon. Sharon attended Jethro Memorial Presbyterian Church in her youth and was affiliated with St. James A.M.E. Church for many years. Her formal education continued at Temple University, Atlantic Cape Community College and various educational institutions throughout the United States.
After her marriage to Theodore Evans in 1963, the family lived in Pleasantville, NJ, for a while and then moved to New York City with two preschool-age daughters, Leslie and Bonnie. During this time, Sharon was employed by RCA Records R&B New Products Division. Upon returning to Atlantic City, NJ she found work at the Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC), a vocational, educational and life skills training program designed to prepare young African American men and women for full-time employment. However, she made her mark at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at Pomona, NJ. Here, she worked her way up from an entry-level package and mail handler position to become a computer specialist for more than 20 years, concentrating on computer data bases and meteorology. She retired from the FAA after over 30 years of service.
She was known to love animals of all kinds and her special way of communicating with them was something to behold. Her greatest joy was found in spending time with family and watching the children grow. She also enjoyed spending endless hours with her kindred spirit, Debbi Goodson, discussing religion, forgiveness, family, genealogy, anthropology and how to bring love and happiness to the world. For those fortunate enough to know Sharon, her sense of humor and irony brought much laughter and a profound inspiration to enjoy life. Her unique observations would lead you to stop and think, and usually laugh out loud.
Left to mourn her passing are: her daughters, Bonnie Evans of New York City and Leslie Lazarevic (Goran) of Lopez, PA.; granddaughter, Jasmine Martinez (Alex); and great-grandchildren, Ilanna, Annali and Alex Martinez; aunt, Brenda Jones (Leroy) of New York City; as well as a host of dear cousins and friends.
Funeral services will be Noon on Saturday, September 10, 2022, by invitation only, but will be live-streamed on Youtube at https://youtu.be/brItFN-A0fA
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Glioblastoma Foundation at https://glioblastomafoundation.org/get-involved/donate?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI6pzI9aTJ-QIVAa7ICh25GgQ-EAAYASAAEgJVIPD_BwE, or you may mail a check to: Glioblastoma Foundation, P.O. Box 62066, Durham, NC 27715.
Arrangements are entrusted to Greenidge Funeral Home, Inc., Atlantic City, New Jersey, where condolences may be left at www.greenidgefuneralhomes.com