Elaine Harrell Mitchell

Elaine Harrell Mitchell
Elaine Harrell Mitchell

Elaine Harrell Mitchell, a long-time resident of Dallas, Texas, went to be with her Lord on December 2, 2023.  She left this world surrounded by family and friends who loved her dearly.

Born on October 22, 1931 to Marshall Allen Harrell and Mary Lee Blackburn Harrell, Elaine grew up with her two brothers, Marshall, Jr. and Donald, in San Antonio, Texas.  She came from a long line of Texans, certain of whom were among the Old Three Hundred who helped settle Texas with Stephen F. Austin.  Elaine graduated from Alamo Heights High School, and attended The University of Texas at Austin where she majored in the Plan II Honors Program.

After completing college, Elaine married Douglas Van Fleet Adamson and they had four children.  Elaine raised her children in Dallas where she had a long, dedicated career in real estate.

Elaine was a member of Highland Park Methodist Church for over 50 years, PEO, the Daughters of the American Revolution, Tri Delta and several of Dallas’s beloved book clubs.  She was devoted to and engaged in many philanthropic ventures in the Dallas community.  Throughout her childhood in San Antonio, college years in Austin and post college and professional years in Dallas, she made many dear, beloved and life-long friends.

Elaine especially loved the arts.  Among her fondest memories were of those times spent with her close friends, children and grandchildren visiting exhibits at the Dallas Museum of Art, the Kimbell Art Museum and the Dallas Arboretum and attending symphonies of the Dallas Winds and musicals at Fair Park.

She is survived by her four children, Elaine Adamson Morris and her husband, Joe Morris, of Amarillo, Texas, Douglas Van Fleet Adamson, Jr. and his wife, Beverly Adamson, of Durant, Oklahoma, Mary Margaret Adamson, of Dallas, Texas, and Marshall Edward Adamson, of Dallas, Texas, by her eight grandchildren and by her twelve great-grandchildren.  Her strength, grace, leadership and constant love for her children and grandchildren has left a lasting impact on all of their lives and they will miss her immensely.

The family wishes to thank the staff and nurses at the Sycamore at Park Central for their daily, loving care and gentle kindness towards Elaine.  It was evident in her joyful and peaceful demeanor.  The family also wishes to thank BSA Hospice of the Southwest for their gracious work in tandem with the staff at the Sycamore during Elaine’s last days.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 9th, at 2 pm at First Baptist Church in Amarillo, Texas with Howie Batson officiating.  A private family burial will take place at Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are under the direction of Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Amarillo, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Heal the City (www.healthecityamarillo.com) or a charity of the donor’s choice.



5 Replies to “Elaine Harrell Mitchell”

  1. Elaine and I were young marrieds when we were first in P.E.O. Our friendship was solid. Chapter BC loved meeting in her lovely home. She and I planned and carried our BIL parties there as well. We have surely missed her since she had to leave Dallas. She was a delightful and loving person here on earth and will be a beloved angel in her new heavenly home. May God bless all of her family.
    Mary Ann

  2. Elaine and I were in PEO Chapter BC in Dallas. She was one of the most amazing women I’ve known and I will always remember her bright mind and her comforting demeanor. PEO meetings at her house were the bright spot of the year with her adorable toys in little rocking chairs at Christmas… and all through the year for that matter.
    I have missed her these past years and send her family my condolences. She loved you all dearly.

    Ann Bray
    University Park, TX

  3. 🙏 Elaine (“Mrs. Adamson”) was such a remarkable woman and raised such amazing children. Mrs Adamson was always kind to me from when I met her in 1970 thru my adult life. For example, after 5 years as a licensed CPA, I found myself frustrated and looking for a job in 1986 and I became a licensed Texas real estate broker. I was seriously thinking of changing my career to brokerage but when I discussed it with Elaine, she advised me to NOT change my career from CPA to broker. I took her advice and in the decades that followed, I had a great career as controller and Chief Financial Officer. Staying the course made all the difference in my career and life. Thank you again, Elaine.

    “Do not stand at my grave and weep”
    A poem by Clare Harner, 1934

    Do not stand at my grave and weep
    I am not there. I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow.
    I am the diamond glints on snow.
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you awaken in the morning’s hush
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry;
    I am not there. I did not die.

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