Rhonda Cather­ine Mitchell "RC"

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Obituaries -

MINT HILL - Rhonda Cather­ine (RC) Mitchell died at her Mint Hill home Oct. 10, 2018, af­ter a long ill­ness. She was 68. Born in Char­lotte on Dec. 21, 1949 to El­bert “Red” Wilson and Wil­lie Wright Wilson, she was raised in Char­lotte and at­tended East Meck­len­burg High School.

Rhonda ap­plied her re­mark­able spirit to life as a singer, craft artist and en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivist. She lived in many places along the way, but her heart be­longed to the Rocky Moun­tains.

In 1987, she opened the book­store/min­eral shop Crys­tal Vi­sions with her hus­band-to-be and even­tual part­ner of 32 years, Woody Mitchell. An ac­com­plished stained-glass artist, Rhonda learned jew­elry-mak­ing and other craft skills as she built a home-based craft busi­ness called Lightscapes, ap­pear­ing at fes­ti­vals and craft shows.

In the late ’90s, she and Woody be­gan pub­lish­ing Synergy, a monthly mag­a­zine cen­tered on nat­u­ral life­styles, al­ter­na­tive health and en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues. Rhonda later worked as a com­mu­nity or­ga­nizer for the Blue Ridge En­vi­ron­men­tal De­fense League, even­tu­ally launch­ing her own chap­ter, Cit­i­zens for a Healthy En­vi­ron­ment (CHE), which was in­stru­men­tal in shut­ting down a car­cino­genic in­cin­er­a­tor.

In the mid-2000s, she and Woody formed the band Flamingo Tribe as a plat­form for Rhonda’s as­ton­ish­ing vo­cal style, bring­ing her back on­stage for the first time since the ’70s. She never de­manded at­ten­tion, but could eas­ily com­mand it.

She is sur­vived by hus­band Woody; son Casey Sid­well; step­daugh­ters Ale­cia Mitchell and Jenny Wood­house; sis­ters Phyl­lis Furr St. Clair and Nina Lay­ton; and brother Marty Wilson; plus many nieces, neph­ews and cousins.

Spe­cial thanks to Nina, Phyl­lis and niece Karyn Furr for step­ping up in time of need.

Ser­vice plans TBA. In lieu of flow­ers, dona­tions may be made to Blue Ridge En­vi­ron­men­tal De­fense League, PO Box 88, Glendale Springs, NC 28629.

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