Carrie Lee Mitchell Twyman was born on September 9, 1930 in Sharples, West Virginia. Carrie was the third of four children born to the union of Sam and Beatrice Plear Mitchell. Carrie was called home to rest on Wednesday, November 11, 2020.
Carrie accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized in childhood. She joined Immanuel Lutheran Church in the early 1950’s and was a faithful dedicated member until her passing. Carrie was a member of the Women’s Auxiliary, Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, sang in the Inspirational Ensemble Choir, an Immanuel Council member, church Elder, as well as a We Care Center aide. Carrie was an integral part of starting the Kids Church at Immanuel. The Kids Church recruited children in the Avondale neighborhood to learn about Christ’s love and saving grace. In joyful thanksgiving to God, the ministry was named the Immanuel Lutheran-Carrie L. Twyman Kids Church.
During Carrie’s pre-teen years, the Mitchell family lived in the mining community of Macbeth in Logan County, West Virginia. Carrie spoke fondly of these years where she had loads of fun and was surrounded by her siblings, cousins and elders. The family later moved to the town of Logan, West Virginia where the family home was located for many decades. Carrie attended Aracoma High School where she graduated in 1948. She was a cheerleader and supported and took great pride in her school, a pride which she carried throughout life. Carrie loved attending the Aracoma reunions annually and met with her fellow Cincinnati Aracoma Bulldogs when-ever possible until her health failed.
Following high school, Carrie moved to the West End community of Cincinnati, Ohio where she developed a love for the community and met many life-long friends including her future sister-in-law, Mrs. Nazarene Twyman Grier. Speaking of these years, Carrie often discussed the Playbowl, Union Terminal, Lincoln Center, the Regal Theater and many other memories.
Carrie’s mother, Beatrice Mitchell, delivered babies in their West Virginia community for many African American women in their homes, a health care tradition which was continued by Carrie, her sisters, and two of her nieces who all became nurses. Carrie attended nursing school and graduated as a Licensed Practical Nurse in 1957. She worked as a nurse for 45 plus years, 25 of these as a City of Cincinnati, Public Health Nurse until retiring in the early 1990s. Carrie continued nursing after her City retirement as a Private Duty nurse. For many years, Carrie was a member of the Black Nurses Association and the Las Doce Enfermera, a group of nurses who traveled the country and held fundraisers for student nurses.
Carrie married Edward Lee Twyman, and to this union, three sons were born: Bruce, Darrell and Stephen. Carrie enjoyed life, handled business as needed and rose to the occasion whenever necessary. She was an avid bowler, loved music and dancing, supported her kids from little league through high school sports and loved traveling and discussing family history. Carrie was a supporting force for many generations of family and friends.
Carrie was preceded in death by former husband and life-long friend, Edward Lee Twyman; parents, Sam and Beatrice Mitchell; brother, brother-in-law, Paul Donaldson; sister-in-law, Nazarene Grier; and nephews, Rodney Grier, Clarence Mitchell, Jr. and Derrick Donaldson.
Carrie leaves to cherish her memory: sons, Bruce Twyman (Tamara) of Lancaster, California, Darrell and Stephen Twyman of Cincinnati, Ohio; grand-children, Aria Twyman of Lancaster, California, Melanie Twyman of Washington DC and Bruce Edward Twyman, Jr. of Lancaster, California; uncle, Thomas Plear; aunts, Sophie Plear and Irene Plear, all of Cincinnati, Ohio; nephews, Stanly Mitchell of Cleveland, Ohio and Eric Donaldson (Janet) of Springfield, Illinois; nieces, Regina Hasan of Atlanta, Georgia, Denise Shepard of Cleveland, Ohio, Toni Denton and Jill Perry Byrd (Bryan) of Cincinnati, Ohio; special friend, Tommie Slaughter; adopted nephew, Chris Twyman; and a host of other loving relatives and friends.
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