A longtime villager who loved life, the arts and her friends, died March 19 leaving behind a legacy of fond memories and a $30,000 gift to the German Village Society.
Tittica "Tica" Roberts Mitchell, who was born in Newark, had a colorful life, immersing herself in the arts and music scenes and acting as agent for Erich Kunzle, director with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, among other musicians.
She was 74.
"She was always a very positive force in all my encounters with her," friend Sandra Kight said.
"And she really loved historic preservation, so she was planted in the right place when she moved to German Village."
She and her husband, Bill Mitchell, moved to German Village from New York City about 20 years ago. Longtime friend Sue Larsen said she assimilated well to life in the neighborhood.
"Once we she made that move she made it," Larsen said.
Mary Ann Metro, another Villager and friend, said Mitchell was always on top of current events.
"She kept up on the news and read three or four newspapers a day," Metro said.
"She was just a news junkie. She was probably one of the most well-informed people I met."
Mitchell was an avid bridge player, gardener and loved neighborhood social activities. She was a regular volunteer for the Haus und Garten Tour and a frequent PreTour host.
Her husband died in the late 1990s. In her later years, Mitchell's health was ailing and she spent less and less time out in the community, and away from friends.
She eventually moved to a senior-care facility in Newark.
Shiloh Todorov, director of the German Village Society, said she had one occasion to meet Mitchell and was delighted by her gift to the organization.
"It is phenomenal to know the kind of passion people have for this neighborhood and for this organization," Todorov said.
She said the plan is for the society to use that money for something Mitchell would have supported.
A committee is reviewing several options and will make a recommendation to the board in several months, Todorov said.