In loving memory

Meador Funeral Home – Whitesboro

Memorial Service –

Saturday, December 9, 2023 – 2:00 PM

First Baptist Church

124 Center St

Whitesboro, TX 76273

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On Tuesday, December 5, 2023 there was a resounding shout of Hallelujah! and Welcome! as Darla Jean Mitchell of Whitesboro, Texas was ushered into heaven on the arm of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Darla was born on July 26, 1962 in Gainesville, Texas to Murriel and Carolyn (Clark) Gilbreath.  She was a graduate of Whitesboro High School and McClennan Community College in Waco.  She married Jackie Mitchell on May 25, 1985.  Darla was a member of the First Baptist Church of Whitesboro and a member of PEO Chapter A in Whitesboro.  She has spent her life in service to her Lord, mentoring children with the Children’s Choir at FBC and mentoring others within our community as they began their walk with Jesus.  Darla was a fabulous cook and had a beautiful singing voice, both which have blessed many throughout her life, her greatest joy in life was her family and especially the cherished time she had with her granddaughter, Fischer.

She is survived by her loving husband, Jackie Mitchell; daughter, Colony Handshy and husband, Austin; granddaughter, Fischer Handshy; father, Murriel Gilbreath, sister, Sharon Light, sister, Tina Hobbs and husband, Paul, nephews, Austin Light, Lane Hobbs and fiancée, Bayleigh Howard, and Carter Light,  Beau Mitchell, and wife Stephanie, Greg Gilbreath and wife, Maureen, nieces, Connor Light, Loni Hobbs, Tonya Townley and husband, Jeremy, Tracy Meador and husband, Mack, Taylor Mitchell, Carol Debord and husband, Robert, Brandi Debord and husband, Michael,  aunt and uncle, Judy and Frank Doss, brother-in-law, Doug Mitchell and wife, Julie.

Darla is preceded in death by her daughter, Jordan Mitchell, mother, Carolyn Gilbreath, sister-in-law, Sissie Gilbreath, brother-in-law, Joey Gilbreath and both her paternal and maternal grandparents.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her honor to the music ministry of First Baptist Church of Whitesboro.

A memorial service honoring Darla will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, December 9, 2023 at First Baptist Church of Whitesboro, officiated by Rev. Mike Flanagan and Dr. Johnny Funderburg.  A time of visitation for family and friends will be held on Saturday at First Baptist beginning at 12:30 PM.