Q&A with Tami Kobold, great granddaughter of Tom and Mamie Mitchell

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Tami Kobold, shown with Trey Oakley, vice president of development, pictured outside of the Mamie Mitchell home unit.

MCH recently had a special visitor tour our campus. Mrs. Tami Kobold, the great granddaughter to Tom and Mamie Mitchell, accompanied her husband on his business trip to Waco in order to see the impact her family has had on this ministry. After touring the campus as well as the home units donated by and dedicated to the Mitchell family, Mrs. Kobold shared her impressions from her visit.

Q: What was it like to see the legacy and impact your family had on this ministry?
A: My father, Rod Lee, has spoken often to me about my great grandparents and the legacy they left.  My father was very close to both Mamie and Tom Mitchell, having grown up right next door to them, and has told me many times about how he would drive his grandfather to Waco to see the homes, and spend time there (he especially remembers spending Christmas there). 
I have to admit, I wasn't sure what to expect when I visited MCH, because I knew it had changed quite a bit since the time my great grandparents left their legacy there.  However, I was so impressed with what I saw on my tour, it erased any doubts I might have had regarding the course the facility has taken since the 1950's.  I was in awe of both what my great grandparents had done, and at the amazing work currently being done at MCH.  I know they would be very, very proud if they were here to see it now.

Q: Can you tell us a little about your great grandparents?
A: Both of my great grandparents passed away before I was born, so I never knew them.  But my father was very fond of them and has spoken often to me about them.  They were exceptionally hard working people; their wealth came from hard work and living a fairly simple life.  Not only were they very humble people, but they were also extremely devout.  Their faith was one of the most important aspects of their life, if not the most important.  They were huge supporters of the Methodist Church in Marfa, and donated vast amounts of money to it.  In fact, they along with several other Marfa families, actually built the church itself, and the Mitchell family paid for the addition of a Sunday School wing.  So MCH is not the only organization that has benefited from my great grandparents' generosity.

Q: What did you think about MCH?
A: I was extremely impressed with both the facilities and the work being done there.  I was so proud to see what my great grandparents were such a big part of, and to know that my family left such a big mark on such a wonderful facility.  I loved the fact that the kids there now actually have the opportunity to experience what it feels like to live in a caring family environment, with dinners together, Sunday church services, and a real sense that they are important and worth something.  I cannot speak highly enough about MCH and the work everyone there is doing!


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