Lealure Jones-Mitchell (affectionately known as “Lil”), was born in Marion, Arkansas. She was the first born of four children to Solomon and Flora Jones. Both parents preceded her in death.
In 1943, at the age of two, Lil’s family migrated to Chicago, Illinois and eventually settled into Altgeld Gardens, a community built for World War II veterans on the far south side of Chicago, Illinois.
Lil attended George Washington Carver elementary and high school and later transferred to Chicago Vocational high school, where she graduated in 1959. She attended Olive Harvey College, majoring in nursing and graduated with an AA degree. As a child, she was an avid reader, speller and dancer. She loved spelling contest and would challenge anyone in her class to a spelling bee. She was a gifted dancer and was asked to perform on “WGN-TV Jim Lounsbury record hop show” in Chicago and represent the Altgeld Gardens community, she was so proud to represent the community she loved so much. She saw the Altgeld Gardens community as her extended family.
During the summer of 1959, Lil and her friend Musette attended a summer garden party, with the hopes of meeting the guest of honor Jerry Butler, Lil met Felton Mitchell and in 1962 they married and from that union two children were born eleven months apart, Lynn Alison and Felton Jr. After the dissolution of their marriage, Lil became gainfully employed at the University of Chicago where she worked until professional retirement in 1986. One of fondest memories was working as a Clinical Coordinator in Pediatric Oncology and Radiology. She loved working with children and overseeing clinical management in the department. There she established lifelong friendships with the doctors, nurses and staff within the department and outside of the department.
Lealure was a beautiful woman with a pure heart, vivacious personality and brilliant smile that could light up a room. This light was reflective from her true faith in God. She loved God and it showed in her behavior and actions towards everyone she met, especially her children, family and friends. She always had a bubbly, sassy personality. She was always a smiling and friendly. She had a very personal relationship with God that increased her faith and gave her patience, wisdom and understanding to overcome the difficulties of life. She exuded positivity and resisted negativity. Her peer group loved being in her presence and she loved being around them and entertaining them by cooking and baking, laughing and talking about old times and changing times. Baking and cooking were her passions and her prized specialties were her buttery sweet yeast rolls, pound cake, sweet potato bread, sticky buns, banana bread and host of other delicacies.
Lil traveled and resided in the Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Beijing China and Al Ain (Abu Dhabi and Dubai) UAE with her daughter and son-in law, whom she loved so much. She always mentioned to family, friends and strangers about her travels…climbing the great wall, different types of food, customs of the people and establishing friendships with Sheikh Zayed’s family, the prayers and dinners enjoyed with them.
Lastly, Lil thought that being a wife and mother was one the greatest gifts from God. Her greatest treasures on this earth were the two children God gave her…to God be the Glory. She felt parenthood is an honor and not a chore and should be performed with love, provision, protection, patience and wisdom.
On Sunday, April 21, 2019, Lealure Jones-Mitchell departed this life to spend eternity in heaven with God and her ancestors. She leaves to mourn two children, Lynn Alison (Alioune), Felton Jr. (Kimberly), three grandchildren, Jaelyn, Angelica and Marcus. Two sisters, Shirley and Kimberlon. Two nieces, Simone and Kadria. Three Nephew’s Garvin, Dennis and Julian. A ‘play’ brother Gene Booze, a special angel Gloria Marshall, as well as a host of other great nieces and great nephews, cousins and extended family and lifelong friends. Her husband preceded her in death.