Mitchell Forrest Lyman of Charlotte, NC, aged 97, passed peacefully on September 3, 2015. She was born on April 1, 1918 in Farmers Fork, Virginia, in the same house and the same bed in which her mother was born. She was the only child of Ellsworth Forrest and Frances Meriwether Belfield Forrest. Growing up in the Great Depression, Mitchell was one of the first women from her neck of the woods to attend college and graduated from Mary Washington College in 1938. She met her husband, Dr. John Lyman, Captain USNR, while stationed at Dahlgren, Virginia during World War II. They were married in 1946 and settled in Washington DC where they lived until 1968 when Dr. Lyman took a teaching position at UNC Chapel Hill until his death in 1977. Mrs. Lyman relocated to Charlotte in 2006.Mitchell was an avid writer and award winning poet and published two books of poetry. She served for many years on the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and was an active member of the Eno River Unitarian Fellowship.She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. She is survived by son John Lyman (Terrie) of Summerville, SC and son Richard Lyman (Janet) of Charlotte, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.Memorial arrangements are incomplete at this time. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Loaves and Fishes, 648 Griffith Rd, Charlotte NC 28217, or the Humane Society of Charlotte, 2700 Toomey Ave, Charlotte NC, 28203.