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Ann Gaines Mitchell

May 1, 1939 — July 30, 2021



Ann Gaines Mitchell (known as Flossie in her younger years) passed away on Friday, July 30, 2021, in Crawfordsville, IN. She was 82 years old.

Ann was born in Brevard, NC, to the late John Mannon and Kathleen Belcher Gaines. She graduated from Brevard High School and continued her education at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA, earning a bachelor’s degree in mathematics.

On August 5, 1961, she married James Robert (Bob) Mitchell, Jr., who preceded her in death on January 7, 1980. Ann is also preceded in death by her daughter-in-law Sara Moseley, older sisters Ruth and Kate, and nephew Lee.

Ann lived in Chattanooga, TN, for many years before moving to Crawfordsville in 2012 to be closer to her daughter. Throughout the years, she worked as a middle and high school math teacher in the Chattanooga area. She began studying music as a child and played piano and organ in church services beginning at age 16, continuing into her elderly years.

Ann’s life was characterized by her deep Christian faith and church involvement. She showed great courage through her husband’s long illness and death, serving as an example to others, especially her grateful children.

Ann is survived by her children: Rob Mitchell and Carolyn Mitchell Baer, and their spouses Eva Mitchell and Jon Baer. She is also survived by her four grandchildren: Lily Moseley; and Nathan, Chris, and Noelle Baer. She delighted in attending her grandchildren’s piano recitals and sporting events.

Ann’s family would like to thank the staff of Bickford Memory Care in Crawfordsville for their kindness, which significantly contributed to her well-being and happiness in her last years.

A graveside service will take place in Chattanooga, TN on Saturday, August 7 at 3:00 p.m. at Forest Hills Cemetery, 4016 Tennessee Ave., with Rev. Jonathan Schwartz presiding. Visitation will be from 1:00- 2:00 at Brainerd Presbyterian Church, 1624 Jenkins Rd. Memories and condolences can be shared online at

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Saturday, August 7, 2021

1:00 - 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Brainerd Presbyterian Church

1624 Jenkins Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421

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Graveside Service

Saturday, August 7, 2021

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