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Darlene Marie Taylor Mitchell, 71, entered into eternal peace on Saturday, December 26, 2015 at her home in New Orleans, LA. Darlene was born in Houston Texas on July 25,1944. She is preceded in death by her mother Estelle Kennedy and father William Kennedy. She attended Carver Sr. High, graduated from Booker T. Washington and Delgado Allied Health program.

Darlene worked at Flint Goodridge hospital and retired from Dillard University in 2005 as property manager. She was an active and faithful member and servant at St. Peter Claver Church and served in the health and wellness ministry as well as serving as an advocate for the American Cancer Society. Darlene was caring, selfless, and compassionate; she was a gentle soul with a loving and generous heart with an extraordinary spirit.

Darlene leaves her loving memories to be cherished by her four children, Cora Bluain, Therese (Austin Badon), Blandon Mitchell (Tracy Pittman) and Eban Mitchell. Also left to celebrate her legacy are 11 grandchildren; Ayden, Chanen, Chase, Darrien, Donnell, Kayla, Natalie, Tavion, Terrance, Terry, and Tiffany and 4 great grandchildren; Alexis, Hannah, Isaiah and Rashad.

She is survived by her ex-husband Edward Mitchell and siblings, Robert Gordon, Sr., Betty Kincey, Rita Williams, Yvonne Rogers, Estelle Robertson (Lamar), William Kennedy Jr., Cynthia Kennedy, Averell Kennedy. Darlene is preceded in death by two brothers Albert and Alvin Savoy; and sister Valerie Jones. She is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins and many close friends (Forever friends).

Relatives and friends of the family, Priest, Parishioners and Family Life Ministries of St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, Knights of Peter Claver and Ladies Auxiliaries, President, Staff and Employees of Dillard University, employees and staff of The American Cancer Society New Orleans Community Health and The Mcfarland Institute-New Orleans are invited to attend a visitation at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, 1923 St. Philip St., on Saturday, January 2, 2016 from 8:00 AM until 8:45 AM, Rosary and Expressions to follow. A Mass of Christian Burial to begin at 9:30 AM, Fr. J. Asare-Dankwah, Celebrant. Interment: St. Patrick #3. Arrangements by D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home. Please visit www.rhodesfuneral.com to sign the online guest book.