Obituary: Joy Mitchell: 1 March 1933 – 23 December 2021

IssueFebruary - March 2022
Comment by Joy Lawson

Joy Mitchell, veteran peace activist, was a Christian and a socialist, a teacher and the wife of a Presbyterian/United Reform Church (URC) minister. In retirement, she moved with her husband, George, to Berwick-upon-Tweed. Sadly, he died soon after, but Joy continued to set up St Aidan’s Peace Church in Berwick, providing a venue for discussion and social action.

Joy was active in Trident Ploughshares and other campaigns for many years and was arrested several times at Faslane nuclear submarine base in Scotland. Joy took part in marches and demonstrations promoting peace, nonviolence and social justice wherever she went.

More recently, she keenly supported the local Trades Council and environmental initiatives – but her passion was always nuclear disarmament.

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