Angela Lee Mitchell, public affairs specialist

January 30, 2009|By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN

Angela Lee Mitchell, a senior public affairs specialist for State Farm Insurance Co. and a community activist, died Sunday of a heart attack while working in her Woodlawn office. She was 57.

Angela Lee Moore was born in Baltimore, the youngest of five children. She was raised on Poplar Grove Street and graduated in 1969 from Douglass High School.

"She came from a very humble background," said her husband of 30 years, Michael Bowen Mitchell, a former Baltimore City Council member and state senator.

After earning an associate's degree in paralegal studies from what was then Villa Julie College, Mrs. Mitchell went to work as a legal secretary in the Baltimore state's attorney's office.

She later joined the Baltimore law firm of Mitchell, Pettit and Gill, which later became Mitchell, Mitchell and Mitchell, as a paralegal specializing in personal-injury cases.

After earning a bachelor's degree in speech pathology and audiology from Towson University in 1982, she worked as a speech pathologist at the Walter P. Carter Center for several years.

In 1989, she went to work for State Farm Insurance Co. as an adjuster and then was promoted to a senior public affairs specialist position handling community, news media and legislative affairs in Baltimore and for the state of Delaware.

Recently, because of her advocacy, the city's Druid Heights neighborhood received a $10 million donation from State Farm for affordable housing.

"Angela was more than a liaison, she was at the heart of our involvement and was the difference in our making the right decision," Clayton Adams, State Farm vice president of community development, said in a prepared statement.

"This may sound rather cut and dry, but it takes a great deal of skill, knowledge of the city and political savvy to accomplish," Mr. Adams wrote. "She brought together the influential players and the necessary human resources to make it work. We owe a great deal of thanks to Angela and we just hope that we can live up to her vision and commitment to the community."

Other State Farm outreach programs that Mrs. Mitchell took an interest in included Freedom Readers and Relay for Life. She also supported several scholarship programs for needy students.

Mr. Mitchell said his wife "cared about her fellow man and wanted to accomplish tangible things."

A longtime resident of Lafayette Square, Mrs. Mitchell enjoyed collecting old clocks and other antiques. She also enjoyed fine dining.

She was an active member of New Shiloh Baptist Church, 2100 N. Monroe St., where services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

Also surviving are two daughters, Micah Michele Mitchell-Hines of Cincinnati and Juanita Elizabeth Jackson Mitchell of Baltimore; her mother, Frankie Moore of Baltimore; two brothers, David Moore of Randallstown and Stanley Moore of Baltimore; two sisters, Sheila Yancey of Columbia and Kay Abrams of Lochearn; and two granddaughters.

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