Yvonne Fortson Mitchell, 56, college administrator...

January 13, 2002

Yvonne Fortson Mitchell, 56, college administrator

Yvonne Fortson Mitchell, a former college financial aid administrator, died Thursday of heart failure at Northwest Hospital Center. She had been hospitalized Wednesday with chest pains from an aneurysm of the aorta. She was 56 and lived in Reisterstown.

A native of Philadelphia, Yvonne Fortson grew up in Deptford, N.J.

She was an assistant director of financial aid when she met Ron "Fang" Mitchell, who was basketball coach at Gloucester County College in New Jersey. Mr. Mitchell came to Coppin State College in 1985 and is currently athletic director and basketball coach at Coppin.

The couple married in 1990, and Mrs. Mitchell worked for about a year as a financial aid director at Western Maryland College before becoming a full-time homemaker.

Known for her love of music, Mrs. Mitchell sang for more than 35 years for the First Baptist Church of Jericho, in Deptford.

After moving to Maryland, she joined the Colonial Baptist Church and helped to organize its gospel choir. She also served as an administrator, coordinator and musician for the church.

She enjoyed traveling and antiques, especially decoys and duck collectibles, said Mary Wanza, a friend and director of the library at Coppin. "She had ducks everywhere. Ceramic, wood - you name it."

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the First Baptist Church of Jericho in Deptford.

A memorial service for Mrs. Mitchell will be held at Coppin State College at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the James Weldon Johnson Auditorium, 2500 W. North Ave.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters: Crystal Bates of Woodbury Heights, N.J., Wendy Weir of Newark, N.J., and Vania Mitchell of Reisterstown; a son, Russell Washington Jr., of Greenville, S.C.; two brothers, Dr. Thomas Fortson Jr. of Denver and Gary Fortson of Deptford; a sister, Sheila Allen of Deptford; five stepchildren, Eric Mitchell, Sheryl Mitchell and Danielle Mitchell, all of Camden, N.J., and Lenee Mitchell and Nicole Mitchell, both of Virginia Beach, Va.; four grandchildren; a great-grandson; and many nieces and nephews.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Yvonne Mitchell Scholarship Fund, Coppin State College, 2500 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21216.

Virginia E. Calhoon, 83, Social Security employee

Virginia Elizabeth Calhoon, a retired Social Security Administration employee, died Wednesday of a heart attack at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 83 and lived in Timonium.

Virginia Coe was born in 1918 in Milwaukee, where her father was an officer in the U.S. Field Artillery. She lived in Hawaii and Wisconsin, where she graduated from Miss Brown's School of Business, a Milwaukee secretarial school.

She worked as a bookkeeper in Chicago before marrying James L. Calhoon, who died last February after 54 years of marriage. The couple lived for several years in Janesville, Wis., before moving to Baltimore, where Mrs. Calhoon worked about 20 years for the Social Security Administration's Office of Disability Operations in Woodlawn.

No funeral services were planned.

She is survived by two sons, Robert J. Calhoon of Frederick and Michael E. Calhoon of Catonsville; a daughter, Margaret C.B. MacLachlan of Jarrettsville; two sisters, Nancy Lee Tinker of Pearce, Ariz., and Lee Springer of Simi Valley, Calif.; and four grandchildren.

Mary Josephine Register, 88, homemaker

Mary Josephine Register, a homemaker formerly of Arnold, died Tuesday of complications from Alzheimer's disease at the Sunrise Assisted Living facility in Severna Park. She was 88.

Born in 1913 in Superior, Wis., Mary Josephine Dougherty lived in Suffolk, Va., Brooklyn, Md., and for 30 years in Arnold, where she was a member of the Severna Park Ladies of the Elks.

Funeral services were Friday.

She was married to Harold Register Sr., who is deceased. She is survived by a son, Harold Register Jr. of Arnold; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

The family suggested contributions to the Alzheimer's Disease Association, 1850 York Road, Suite D, Timonium 21093.

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