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Debra Mitchell

October 12, 1954 — February 3, 2023

Belle Fourche

Debra Mitchell, age 68 of Belle Fourche, died Friday, February 3, 2023 at the Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center in Vancouver, WA.


The funeral service will be held 10:30 am Wednesday, February 15, 2022 at the Christian Life Center in Belle Fourche.  Visitation will take place 5 to 7pm Tuesday, at Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche.  Interment will be held in Pine Slope Cemetery.


Deb’s funeral will be available to view live or following the service by clicking on the weblink below.


Debra Jo Reid was born October 12, 1954 in Belle Fourche.  She was the daughter of Donald and Johanna (Polzin) Reid.   Deb grew up in Newell, where she graduated from high school in 1972.  In 1973, she graduated from Karl John’s Beauty School in Rapid City.  Deb was united in marriage to Kenneth Mitchell at the Congregational Church in Newell, on June 4, 1977.  To this union four children were born: Scottie, James, Katie, and Thomas. 


Deb worked at several beauty shops in the area before purchasing “The Head Shed” in Belle Fourche.  She owned and operated that for many years.  In 2005 she was forced to retire due to health issues, and as a result she sold the business.  Cosmetology was a career that Deb loved and enjoyed very much.  She was meticulous in the details of hair styling.  The most important aspect of her career was the many friendships that she enjoyed.  She loved being a part of people’s lives, and she truly cared about all her customers. 


Debra had a life that was not easy, due to the physical limitations of rheumatoid arthritis. Deb was a very vibrant woman and she was never afraid to speak her mind and opinion.  She was always keeping busy with something, and was a very detailed and organized person.  She was a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a sister and everyone will greatly miss her in their lives.


Debra is survived by her husband, Kenneth of Belle Fourche; daughters, Scottie (Carl Hollman) Mitchell of Woodland WA, Katie Schmidt of Belle Fourche; son, Thomas Mitchell of Belle Fourche; grandchildren, Kai Marshall, Mandi Mitchell, Abigale Schmidt, Hayden Mitchell, Gabriel Mitchell; and brother, Bruce (Debbie) Reid of North Carolina.  She was preceded in death by her parents; son, James Lynn; and brother, Jerry Reid.


Celebration of Life Service

10:30 A.M. – Wednesday – February 15, 2023

Christian Life Center

Belle Fourche, South Dakota



Pastor Paul Howard


Special Music

“The Old Rugged Cross”

Doug Larson, soloist

Judy Howard, pianist

“I Am Woman”, “You Don’t Own Me”,

“California Dreaming”




Pine Slope Cemetery

Belle Fourche, South Dakota


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Service Schedule

Past Services

Deb's Visitation

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Mountain time)

Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills

715 National Street, Belle Fourche, SD 57717

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Deb's Funeral Service

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Starts at 10:30 am (Mountain time)

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