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1 of 4 | Posted by: Knox - Rick Falls, IL - Friend

“My prayers and thoughts are with Wayne and his family as they keep Mitzi's memories alive in their hearts!She was very special to everyone that made...Read More »
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Mitzi J. Abell, 73 of Rock Falls, died Thursday July 25, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling.

She was born on June 9, 1946 in Duquoin, IL the daughter of Lester Thomas and Lillian (Harris) Mitchell Sr. She married Wayne Abell on October 14, 1978 in Sterling. Mitzi served with honor and dedication as a police officer for the City of Rock Falls, beginning in 1974 and retiring in 2003 with the rank of Sergeant. Mitzi took great pride in working in her yard and garden and enjoyed the time spent with family and friends.

Surviving is her husband, Wayne; her children Melody (Larry) Smith, Michael (Kristen) Trader and Theresa (Jeffrey) Hagg; her step children: Donald (Amy) Abell and Tammy Abell (Paul Whitcomb); her brother Lester (Rita) Mitchell; 8 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and grandson Nicholas Smith.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday July 30, 2019 from 3-6 PM at the McDonald Funeral Home, 1002 12th Avenue in Rock Falls. A memorial service will follow on Wednesday at 10 AM at the funeral home. Burial will conclude at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling.

Memorials to CGH Health Foundation and the American Cancer Society.