MITCHELL, Beverly Ann

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Last Name
 
MITCHELL
Given Names
 
Beverly Ann
AKA's
 
Better known as
 
Date of Birth
 
1/19/1943
Age at Death
 
35
Place of Birth
 
Gary, Indiana
Race
 
Black
Gender
 
Female
Religion
 
Family Tree
  Ruby Neal Johnson Family Tree
Birth Mother
 
Ruby Neal Johnson; (aunt) Ida King
Birth Father
 
Siblings
 
Jacqueline Newsome; (cousin) Wanda Bonita King
Partner
 
Guy Edgar Mitchell
Children
 
Danielle Gardfrey, Dawn Francine Gardfrey, Dominique Gardfrey, Kenneth Darren Gardfrey; Benjamin Keith Newsome (nephew)
Non-Temple Relatives
 
Kenneth Gardfrey (first husband)
Body Identification Number
 
Dental Identification, 38-I
Burial Location
 
Source of Death Information
 
FBI document 89-4286-1302 (prepared 12/78)
Entry into Guyana
 
12/6/1977
Residence (US)
 
San Francisco, California
Residence (JT)
 
Cottage 02
Occupation outside __Peoples Temple
 
child care director (PT occupation record); private nurse, cook, housekeeper, child care (Maaga)
Occupation inside __Peoples Temple
 
Occupation at __Jonestown
 
Government Income
 
Discrepancies
 
Another record says birthdate is 1/9/1943; passport DOB above
Remembrances
 
“Beverly Ann Mitchell was one the kindest and patient people I have ever none. She was my son's day care provider in Gary, IN. She was wonderful with children and cared for each one as if he/she were her own. I knew she was in Jonestown and my heart was deeply saddened when I learn she and three of her children had not survived.

The children, Danielle, Dominique, and Kenneth Godfrey, Jr., were identified first. It took several weeks before Beverly was identified. During that time she appeared to me in a dream and told me she had survived. That was not the case. May their souls rest in eternal peace. My heart aches still today when I think of them.

Beverly's husband Guy, her oldest daughter Dawn Godfrey and her mother all survived. I was told they were in Georgetown at the time of the tragedy. Guy was at a basketball game and Dawn and her mother were at the dentist. For several years after the Jonestown tragedy, I would cross paths with her first husband, Kenneth, and ask about Dawn. To the best of my recall, he told me she was being cared for by his family. I shall never, never forget the pain in his face. He could not talk about Beverly or the children without breaking down in tears. Such a senseless tragedy. ” - Valerie

“I love you Aunt Beverly and miss you so much. ” - Carmelita Newsome Randle

“I have never forgot how sweet you were Beverly. You left an impression on me as one sweet and kind woman. I will never forget when you rescued Darren, Jeff, and myself from the city jail on 13th and Broadway in Gary, three young boys locked up all under the age of 7 by the Gary police. I remember Darren calling you to come get us and you came. Even though I was not your own child, but knowing what the 3 of us had just gone through, she immediately wrapped us up in her arms and held us in such a loving way that I have never forgotten it. The look on her face said you are safe now. Beverly I never got to thank you for making me feel so safe and loved that day. I always wondered if the stuff behind this incident was the thing that made you want to leave finally. My sisters and brothers were so blessed to have you. I miss you. ” - tony_mo36@comcast.net

An Angel in the Midst of a Storm” - Dawn Gardfrey