Celebrating the Life, Love and Legacy of
PALMOR JEAN SOLOMON
Sunrise: November 7, 1943 – Sunset: July 16, 2022
Palmor Jean (Mitchell) Solomon was born November 7, 1943, in Enid, Oklahoma, to Rev. Hulon & Pearl Mitchell.
She was born into a bustling household…….Jean was the sixth of fifteen children. She was born one year before her brother Jimmy and only 11 months after her sister Barbara. Palmor Jean loved being the same age as Jimmy, each year, for nearly a week before sharing the same age with Barbara from 11/7 to 12/18. Jean said she and Barbara were often taken for twins when they were very young children. Eldest Sister Ramona shared that, one year, she and Thelma wanted baby dolls for Christmas. As in many large families, small niceties were not a priority. Mama Pearl (a very quick thinker) told Ramona and Thelma they could have real live baby dolls to play with and care for. The girls were elated! Ramona chose Jean and Thelma chose Barbara. Their Mother taught them how to help care for their little sisters. This was not only a source of great pride and responsibility for Jean’s sisters. It was one of the countless precious memories frequently repeated that made all who heard it genuinely smile.
While Jean was a young child, the Mitchell family moved to Perry, Oklahoma. Rev. Mitchell secured employment in Enid, Oklahoma where the family eventually settled. Jean attended Carver and Booker T. Washington Schools. She thrived and was very popular. Jean was a majorette for the Booker T. Washington Band as well as a Wolves cheerleader. She also participated in the school chorus. Jean had a beautiful voice and enjoyed singing solos at school assemblies.
At 16, Jean took her first trip alone. She went to New Jersey to visit her oldest sister, Ramona. While in the area, Ramona and her husband took Jean to New York where she also spent time, in Yonkers, with her sister Thelma and her family. Jean’s trip up North was a highlight of her young life. She spoke of her first time in the big city with great fondness even though she had a scary adventure taking the wrong bus after getting separated from Ramona while shopping downtown. Scary but all ended well!
When she turned 17, Jean was one of countless brave pioneers, across the United States, who helped integrate schools. She and her fellow classmates at Enid’s Booker T. Washington High School were transferred to Enid High where Jean successfully graduated in May, 1961.
In her youth, Jean attended her Dad’s Church in Perry as well as in Watonga. As an adult she attended Enid’s Antioch Church of God in Christ, under her Father’s leadership. She taught Sunday school in the youth department and was a member of Antioch’s wonderful choir where her Mother Pearl was the pianist and her Sister Leona served as choir Director. Of course, most of her Siblings were part of the choir along with members/friends Dilcie Best and The Porter family. Antioch was a very active Church and Jean was a loyal and active member. She participated in all aspects of church life including bake sales, plays and choir competitions. She was happy allowing God to use her as one of his servants; often traveling to Oklahoma City, Tulsa and other places to attend church services, revivals and anniversaries. What a grand and fulfilling time this was!
It is a testament to her servant’s heart. She nurtured that heart throughout her entire life; helping others in countless ways.
Jean’s proudest accomplishment, in this life, was being a devoted wife to Leo and Mother to their children Vonzell born on 11/11/61, Danyelle born 10/30/66 and Anthony on 9/23/68. She loved being a stay at home Mom. Jean thrived at this role and because of it, so did her children. Many in today’s environment may not appreciate the value she placed on cooking meals from scratch, cleaning house, attending school events and coordinating the many extracurricular activities of her 3 children. However, this was her daily passion and one of the precious memories her children will always cherish!
Palmor Jean was very proud to be one of a few Black certified nurse’s aides at Enid’s Greenbriar Nursing Home in the late 60’s. She worked for 5 years before resuming her role as full-time stay at home Mom.
The Solomon Family migrated to Florida in the early 80’s. Jean was head chef at The Temple of Yahweh in Miami, FL from 1981-1986. She embraced the Hebrew Israelite culture and enjoyed her time on staff under, her eldest brother, Yahweh Ben Yahweh.
Jean, along with her Husband and Son, owned and operated ALS Properties for many years. They owned as many as 45 rental properties in Kansas and Oklahoma.
Jean was a member of “The Refreshing” in Oklahoma City under the tutelage of Pastor Michael Johnson, Sr. and Pastor Blanche Washington. She was a respected Church Mother who taught young women about love and marriage as she and Leo were happily married for 59 years. She encouraged young couples to keep the Lord first and to be patient with each other. Jean was also part of the Refreshing leadership team for several years.
Jean is preceded in Death by her parents: Dr. Hulon and Dr. Pearl Mitchell of Enid, Oklahoma and five Brothers: Hulon Mitchell Jr. (Yaweh Ben Yaweh), Leon Mitchell, Richard Mitchell, Marvin Mitchell, Byron Mitchell and a Granddaughter, Marnina Israel Lee. Her Brother Jefferson Mitchell transitioned mere minutes after Palmor Jean.
She is survived by her ever-present, devoted Husband, Anthony Leo Solomon, Sr., Daughters: Vonzell Solomon Lee (Lawrence), Danyelle Yoakum (Kurtis) and Son Anthony Leo Solomon, Jr. as well as Eight Sisters and Brothers: Ramona Nazario of Enid, OK; Thelma Mitchell of OKC, OK; Barbara Finley of Enid, OK; James Mitchell (Rubenia) of Wichita, KS; Leona Mitchell Bush of Enid, OK; Oliver Mitchell (Audrey) of Wichita, Kansas; Milton Mitchell (JaAnn) of Enid, OK; Clifford Mitchell of Port Charles, Florida.
As well as her, Sisters-in-Law: Bertha Mitchell of OKC, OK (Leon), Uvonne Mitchell of Tulsa, OK (Jefferson), Adlene Fuston of Dover, OK; Pauline Harris of Tulsa, OK; Shirley Roberson of Kansas City, KS; Carol Sue Williams (Rudolph) of Kingfisher, OK; Gwen Caldwell (Irving) of Enid, OK; Sandy Shoals (David Osborne) of Enid, OK; and Brother-in-law, O.B. Winn of Midland, TX.
She also leaves to mourn her passing; (18) Grandchildren, (24) Great Grandchildren, a host of Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, In-laws, and very dear Friends.
Palmor Jean left an impact on everyone she loved and everyone who loved her. She and Leo opened their home to many family members and friends over the years.
Jean enjoyed life to the fullest. Her warm hospitality was second to none!
A few words from Jean: “I really miss my Parents….glad they raised us in The Word…our personal relationship with The Lord is so important….forgiveness is important….don’t hold grudges…..I’ve lived 78 wonderful years….I’ve had a beautiful life loving a Man that has loved me for 60 years….I’m blessed with Family, Siblings, Children, Grandchildren and friends that I adore. Please celebrate me….I want my life celebrated….I love you all so much!”
Jean transitioned to Eternal Glory from her home, on July 16, 2022, with her husband, her children and her Sisters Ramona, Thelma and Leona by her side.
God, YHWH, has spoken. Well done, my good and faithful servant. Take your rest.
Viewing and visitation will be a private family only event. A public memorial service will will be announced at a later date.