MITCHELL – Valda May (née McNair)

Born on August 10, 1937. Passed away January 8, 2021.

Passed away peacefully at Latrobe Regional Hospital Traralgon on January 8th 2021.

Aged 83 years


Funeral Notice
Gippsland Memorial Park Rose Chapel Cemetery Drive, TraralgonView Map
The funeral service and committal for cremation for Valda May  (Anita) Mitchell will be held in the Gippsland Memorial Park Rose Chapel,

Cemetery Drive Traralgon on Wednesday January 13th 2021 commencing at

This service will also be live streamed. To view live stream, click here.
  1. Rest in peace with Grandpa😊 I love you Grandmama❤

    Danielle Anderson January 10, 2021
  2. You were a beautiful soul with a heart so big you could never get enough of people. Always caring and always giving, you were an inspiration and I will cherish my memories of you forever.
    Rest in Peace lovely lady

    Debbie Austen January 11, 2021
  3. My dearest aunty (mum) although you were never my biological mother I come over the years to learn that you were more than a mother to me, then my biological mother although I loved her to I will miss the hours and hours we spent talking you and I both like to talk I will cherish the memories that you have given me through you I learnt so much family history and the love of doing it searching for relatives that are undone to a both of us and the excitement of finding someone in you you gave me that you also gave me the biggest memory of or and the biggest thing in my life yourself are you gone you never will be in my heart you will always be with me rest in peace my darling aunty because I know that you to this day a very happy back in the loving arms of your loving husband until we are reunited I say goodbye and tell you that I love you….

    Norma balasopoulos January 11, 2021
  4. You taught me so much over the past years that we spent together.
    You taught me to have patience and that there’s never a need to be in a rush to go anywhere or do anything.
    Everything was done in your time and your way, otherwise it wouldn’t happen.
    If you didn’t want to go somewhere, you couldn’t get up out of your chair or use your walker to get there. But if you could smell that your coffee was ready, you could almost jump out of your chair or bed, on your own and almost run towards it.

    I’m now also a connoisseur in over 80’s women’s fashion, manicures and trashy magazines. Thanks for that.

    So many memories, so many adventures, a lot of hilarious misadventures too. I’ll miss the sass that you gave me and the nightly exchanges of “love you bunches”

    As I lay you to rest for a final time, I shall say “ I love you bunches Grandmama, see you in the morning”

    James Bear January 11, 2021
  5. A lovely lady with a great sense of humour. Rest in Peace Anita

    Clare Campbell January 11, 2021
  6. In Loving Memory of my Best Friend Ever
    When the evening sun is setting and the earth no more you trod,
    may your name be written in the Golden Book of God.
    Ever your friend Shar

    Charlotte Tolliver-lopes January 11, 2021
  7. Rest In Peace Anita, remembered always in our hearts. Your sister Dawn, brother-in-law Des.

    Margaret Higgins January 11, 2021
  8. Rest in Peace Anita
    Remembered always in our hearts
    Love your sister Dawn and Brother-in-law Des

    Dawn Wilks January 11, 2021
  9. Our thoughts and prayers go with you in your travels.
    In our hearts forever
    Your sister Margaret, Brother-in-law Joe and nephew Andrew

    Margaret Higgins January 11, 2021
  10. You are forever in my heart and so many memories we shared. Heaven got another beautiful angel.

    Sherri Mitchell January 12, 2021
  11. I will always have a place for you in my heart mom,you were the best mom a girl could have and if it wasn’t for you I don’t know how I would have turned out,you a mom with a heart of gold and will be missed,go with all the angels that are waiting for you love you rip leslae

    Leslae Mitchell January 12, 2021
  12. When I think about Anita a few things come to mind, firstly, the phrase “full as boot with a foot in it.” I had never heard this before, and continued to hear it, particularly after any meal shared with her. And, before I move away from phrases, wow, let me tell you, Anita really could talk under water with a mouth full of marbles! Despite being able to hold a lengthy conversation any time and any place, Anita could also listen. I can still hear the sound of her aha’s and mmm’s during a deep and meaningful. Even when she could no longer hold a lengthy discussion, she was still incredible at expressing herself. For example, at her nursing home, Anita would hold the most amazing smile and her eyes would light up whenever staff would enter her room or walk past and stop and chat with her. She had a way without words and was well liked by everyone but don’t let that fool you, every now and then her crazy eyes would come out with an occasional outburst of a few words letting staff and other residents know just who the boss really is…and I can’t leave this one out – Anita rocked a pair of sunglasses and multiple beads around her neck that had every staff member singing the “Thug Life” theme song…Nahnahnahnahnah….she was a delight to look after. Thanks for the memories, RIP xx

    Yolanda Marchant (nee Collins) January 12, 2021
  13. May your soul now rest in peace Anita.
    You’ll be forever in our hearts and plenty of memories to cherish and never forgotten xxx

    Your sister Rosalie, nephew Craig and neice Karen

    Rosalie Felmingham January 12, 2021
  14. Anita

    Anita was introduced to me upon a visit to hospital. I met a bubbly and talkative lady who had a lot to say about everything and anything. I got to know a different side to Anita after her last stroke, where she went to live with James and Nik. The Anita I have known for the past four years was cheeky, stubborn, inquisitive, funny and impulsive. I learnt so much about her past, which was in start contrast to the lady who I then helped care for. Anita could never remember my name, but was eager to utter her first words to me as we sat in hospital while she was in rehabilitation. She drove me crazy with her want to be independent, forgetting her walker as she tried to escape for a solo walk, and would try to test my (and James’) patience when helping her remain as active as possible. I deeply felt for this woman who was now reliant on everyone, so eager for connection, happy to sit and watch TV or willing to join in on fun and jokes. Through caring for Anita she became part of my own sense of family, also looking for me in the morning when we’d get her up for breakfast, or welcoming me home after my day at work. I was honoured and privileged to spend the last few days with Anita while she was in hospital. Rest In Peace with your loved and dearest Torti.

    Gem DeMarco January 12, 2021
  15. MOM,
    I want you to know how much I Love You❤️Much more than words can ever say! I’m so Sad and find it impossible to breathe every time I think of you. Will Miss You till the day I go home and get to see you again! I know you’re in Great hands now(THANK YOU JESUS) with all our Loved ones who went before us!!! RIP MOM❤️💔❤️

    Patti McCalip January 13, 2021
  16. Anita’s big smile is probably what I will remember most… always laughing cheekily with the biggest smile.

    I first met Anita 5yrs ago on a holiday to Melbourne with my husband James. Warm and welcoming, I could tell immediately she had a strong faith and a deep love for her her husband Mitch. She shared the story with me of how he made sure his friends always treated her with respect. She also shared with me that she looked forward to being together with him again. I am quite sure they are!

    A very capable woman, it must have been challenging for Anita as her health declined these past few years. She was strong willed and determined and this kept her going through the tough days, I am certain.

    Animals brought Anita so much joy…often I would come into the kitchen and she would be sitting there enjoying a cuppa, laughing her head off, watching funny animals videos on YouTube. I love that she was able to find that joy.

    Anita, may you now be in peace and enjoying your time with Mitch and your loved ones

    Much love,

    Nik D’Alton January 13, 2021
  17. Grandma-ma i could not have asked for a better grandmother than you. You loved us all with your whole heart. I miss you so very much but know that you are at peace now. Please give Scotty and grandpa a big hug from all of us. I love you dearly.

    Sheree - your chewee January 13, 2021
  18. You will always be in my memory Anita. May we meet again, sweet friend.

    Bruce Nello Harden January 13, 2021
  19. Grandmama – You were a blast of a house guest. I have never heard the word woops so many times. To me, you were a bit of culture shock as I was raised in a very quiet/lonely house. Thank you so much for dropping by and staying with us a while; Stewart got to spend time with you, my boys got to meet and hear about family they had never met. You will be missed.

    Dorothy Mitchell January 13, 2021