April was born on October 22, 1971 to the union of Gloria Paul Smith and Edward Smith. She was formerly married to Leo Mitchell Jr. and from this union two children were born; Ariel Mitchell (Charles Jr.) of Gonzales, LA and Leo Mitchell III (Darriyonne) of Vacherie, LA. April was very out spoken but had a heart of gold. She loved giving orders and taking charge of situations. Boiling crabs and making gumbo was her specialty. Every week she would boil and eat crabs. She was a Facebook Queen. Most of all she loved her two children, Ariel and Leo III. She also loved and adored Z'Kaden Jasmin, better known as Muff. She would say Muff was her daughter. Nothing was too much for her to give or do for her, and Muff loved her Maw-Maw April. April would argue with you one minute then call back later and say "I'm not mad, because at the end of the day we're still family. She would laugh and say, "you know I was right" and start a new conversation. She loved her family, always making plans for some sort of family gathering. She once said "People can be so mean sometimes, they only see the outside of me, but I'm so glad GOD sees and knows the inside of me. April will be missed by her nieces and nephews because she loved them as if they were her own and went hard for them, no matter what the circumstance may have been. She also will be sadly missed by best friends Kathleen Green, Angela Landry, Verna Jones, Tameka Landry and Darlene Wade. We won't cry in despair as though she was never there, but in Love and compassion because we do care. APRIL IS NOT GONE--she's in our hearts always. Along with her surviving children she leave to cherish her memories; beloved mother, Gloria Paul Smith of St. James, LA; dad, Edward Smith of St. James, LA; sister, Anita (Craig Sr.) Duronslet of Vacherie, LA; one brother, Kermit (Delisa) Paul of Prairieville, LA; five nieces, Jolacia Rodrigue, Cailah Steib, Anika Duronslet, Raynia and Tionah Paul; four nephews, Richard Steib Jr., Craig Duronslet Jr., Alex and Elon Paul; one great niece, Ray'Azia Brown; three great nephews, D'Errick Rodrigue, RayShad North and Jo'Haahn Rodrigue; one god child, Talen Gray; along with a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives and friends. April Smith Mitchell was preceded in death by her brother, Joseph Anthony Paul; sister, Carla Steib, great aunt, Enzerbell Lumar; aunt, Evania Martin; maternal grandparents, Adam Sr. and Enzerbell Southerland; paternal grandparents, Helen Jones and Eugene Mayho. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday September 16,2017 at 11:00am from St. James Catholic Church, St. James, La. Father Matthew McCaughney celebrant. Visitation at the church after 9:00am. Burial Burton Lane Cemetery, St. James, La. Final care entrusted to Treasures of Life Funeral Services 315 E. Airline Hwy. Gramercy, La. "When someone you love becomes a memory that memory becomes a TREASURE"