Obituary of Armida T Mitchell
Armida A. Trujillo Mitchell, “Armie”, 87, of Glendale, Arizona, passed away on October 19, 2022. Armida was born to Alfredo and Mercedes Trujillo (Altamirano) in Phoenix, Arizona, on January 15, 1935, and was the second oldest of six children: Alfred, Albert, Lina, Gilbert, and Peter.
Armida’s mother started studying the Bible with Jehovah’s Witnesses and in 1949, at age 14, Armida started her own personal Bible study, dedicating her life to Jehovah and symbolizing her dedication by means of baptism on July 17, 1951. Armie graduated from Phoenix Technical School in 1953 and shortly thereafter met a very nice brother, Clarence Mitchell, who she married in 1954 and from this union there were three girls born: Cynthia Ann Smith, Kathleen Marie Mitchell, and Mercedes “Cha-Cha” Lee Powers. After divorcing and becoming a single mother, she raised her three girls while working as a legal secretary and paralegal and teaching them about Jehovah.
If you knew Armida, you knew that first and foremost her faith was immovable and her love for Jehovah outweighed everything else in her life. She was a spiritual woman who was "conscious of (her) spiritual need" which she fulfilled through deep study of the scriptures. She was a very zealous Christian minister who started regular pioneering in 1973 and continued pioneering for over 20 years, assisting numerous individuals to baptism, many who are faithfully serving Jehovah today. Her desire to give Jehovah her best never left her, even in her old age so she found another form of preaching - prison ministry. She again saw Jehovah’s hand in her life as he blessed her with Bible studies conducted in English and Spanish. When she couldn’t go to the prison due to the pandemic, she was engaged in letter writing, sending out many letters weekly. She attended West Valley Congregation for over 45 years, making many lasting friendships before it was dissolved.
There wasn’t a thought on her mind she didn’t share, all in good intentions. She couldn't lie, she always spoke her mind, and could talk to anyone anywhere but her favorite thing to talk about was her God, Jehovah. Some of her other favorite things were Star Trek, shopping, unique gadgets, reading, watching football, traveling, and playing Mahjong.
She was the epitome of class, the exemplification of dignity, the essence of integrity, and the embodiment of strength. She was a faithful servant, mother, Nana, sister, friend, and role model.
Armida is preceded in death by her brothers. Armida is survived by her sister Lina (Albert) Valdivia and sisters-in-law Margaret Valencia and Carmen Trujillo. She is also survived by her daughter Cindy Smith and grandchildren Bryant and Stephen; her daughter Kathy Mitchell and grandchildren Tony, Nicole, Ryan, Stephanie, and Daniel; and her daughter Cha-Cha (Rodney) Powers and granddaughters Andrea and Brittany, special family Tony and Judy Collay, as well as many nieces, nephews, and great grandchildren.
Please remember how happy she was when she was in her congregation. Her love for Jehovah is unforgettable. While experiencing health challenges due to old age, her faith and hope in God's promise of a paradise earth where sickness, death, and pain will be no more was a reality that brought her much comfort. She was loyal to Jehovah until her last breath.
Armida will be dearly missed. Her love of Mexican food, Corona, her unsolicited advice but especially her faith in Jehovah will be what she is remembered by most along with her famous closing line when she left a message “too-da-loo!” Armida is so loved, and we anxiously await to be there when Jehovah calls, and she will answer.
Services will be held in person and virtually via Zoom on Saturday 11/05/2022 @ 12:00 p.m. (MST)To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Armida Mitchell, please visit Tribute Store