Susan Marie Mitchell Burkett


Last updated 3/22/2021 at 12:55pm

Susan Marie Mitchell Burkett, of Penrose, was born to the late Harold Eugene Mitchell and Martha Loriene Edwards Mitchell, Jan. 1, 1961. She went to her heavenly reward Saturday, March 6, 2021. She was 60 years young.

Her parents and her siblings, Douglas Mitchell, Carolyn Mitchell, Audrey Mitchell and Johnny Mitchell, preceded her in death.

She was a homemaker and worked a few hospitality jobs over the years. Her heart resided in her service to others. She cared about people and was interested in learning about them. She found passion and solace in educating and protecting her family. It’s hard to think that God could wrap a chef, maid, puzzle master, magician, teacher, creator, public servant, private investigator, genealogist, animal lover, helper, healer and hero in one beautiful person, but she was all of those things and more. Some would say she was lucky, but she was blessed and highly favored by the Lord.

She leaves behind to cherish her memories her beloved partner and longtime friend, Paul Milton Whitmire; children, Brent Burkett (Sabrina), Tessa Burkett, and Elizabeth Burkett (Peter); a sister, Cherry Narissa Mitchell, aka Katie Snopkowski; a niece, Alina Snopkowski; a nephew, Hunter Snopkowski; aunts Mamie Blackwell (Luke), Joanne Mitchell, and June Acheson; a very special cousin, Steven Craig Mitchell, of Brevard; as well as many cousins and loved ones.

A Celebration of Life was held Saturday, March 20, 2021, at Anchor Baptist Church in Pisgah Forest. It was live streamed on Facebook on Anchor Baptist Church’s page. The services were also recorded. If you would like a recorded copy, contact Anchor Baptist Church.

Her ashes will be buried at the Whitmire Cemetery, Flat Creek Valley Road in Lake Toxaway, at a later date.

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Moody-Connolly Funeral Home and Crematory cared for the family.


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