TAMA- Mario Gene Mitchell, 24, a resident of Rolling Green Village in Nevada, and formerly of Johnston and Tama, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames. Traditional Graveside services will be held Friday, Nov.11, at 2 p.m.at Meskwaki Cemetery on the Meskwaki Settlement in rural Tama with Larry Lasley Sr. as speaker. A traditional wake will be held Thursday evening at the Native American Drum & Dance Society Round House on the settlement.
Mario was born on April 24, 1987, in Marshalltown, the son of Marvin Mitchell and Gina Kapayou.
He graduated from Johnston High School. Mario enjoyed watching cartoons and always had a big smile on his face.
Mario Gene Mitchell
Preceding him in death were his grandmother Mamie Mitchell; grandfather Eugene Kapayou; uncles Eugene Kapayou Jr., Jack Kapayou, Dixon Mitchell and Ruben Mitchell; and cousins Terry and Mike Mitchell.
Survivors include his parents Marvin Mitchell and Gina Kapayou, Tama; five sisters, Melissa, Jennifer, and Lucinda Mitchell all of Waterloo and Lucille and Twyla Kapayou , Tama; one brother Joshua Kapayou, Tama; three nephews and one niece; a grandmother Joyce Kapayou, Tama; uncles Malcom and Keith Mithcell, Tama; and many cousins and other aunts and uncles.
Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home, Tama-Toledo is assisting with the arrangements.*