Muriel Mitchell


Muriel Mitchell


Muriel Mitchell, 90, of Billings passed away on Feb. 17, 2019, while under Hospice Care in Helena.

Muriel was born on July 11, 1928, in Billings, to Edmund and Margaret (Wilson) Benesh. She graduated from Billings Senior High School. After high school, she worked at Snook Art, where she would meet her future husband.

She married Berne Mitchell on Feb. 7, 1948, and soon thereafter she went to work at Security Bank (now First Interstate Bank). She worked her way up in the bank, beginning as a teller and retiring as a Bank Officer, all while raising her four children.

Muriel was a voracious reader and she loved to garden and grow beautiful flowers. She and Berne were fortunate to winter in Arizona for over 20 years. Together, they traveled throughout the United States and she loved a good road trip!

Muriel and Berne were charter members of Central Christian Church. She was very involved in all the activities of the church, including the Christian Women’s Fellowship and the church book sale. She loved her church family.

Muriel is survived by her children Larry (Becky) Mitchell of Helena; Connie Moratelli of Helena; Jim Mitchell of Corvallis, Oregon; and Kathy (Pat) Ives of Billings; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Berne; her parents; three brothers; and son-in-law John Moratelli.

Family will receive friends for visitation from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Michelotti-Sawyers. Memorials may be made to Central Christian Church, 1221 16th St. W., Billings, MT 59102.

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5 thoughts on “Muriel Mitchell”

  1. Freida Holthues-McLaughlin

    Muriel was a good source of help, understanding and support for young tellers (in the old days) at Security Bank. She was a neat lady and a great role model.

  2. I worked with Muriel in account reference at Security Bank. She was like a mother to all of us, she cared about us on more than just a boss employee. She was an amazing lady! Prayers go out to her family in your loss.

  3. Leslie Schulz Womack

    I worked on Muriel’s floor for 4 years. She was a great boss & a good friend too, She really had her hands full with me, but she was understanding & took it in stride, This was before I was diagnosed w/ADHD in my forties. A lot of things made a lot more sense then,
    Thank you for everything, Muriel. I’ll miss you.

  4. So sorry for your loss . I went to work at Security in 1977 and she was my first boss. I just loved her to pieces what a wonderful lady!

  5. Larry Mitchell

    Although Mom “had” to go to work to help support the family, she grew to enjoy her career at Security Bank and often spoke fondly of her time there and especially of the people she worked with closely. Thank you for your comments.

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