Wood said she was a professional African-American woman who helped bridge many gaps.
She was the oldest of three children born to Suder Q. and Ella Lee Mitchell. Her father was a Presbyterian minister, and her mother was a nurse.
During a 2008 interview with the Daily Mail, Mitchell-Bateman told her story in a soothing voice. Experiences that may have broken others inspired and strengthened her. She called herself primarily a grandmother. She is survived by seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Her daughters said her love for education had a great impact on the family.
She went to a junior college for women and then to Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C., where she majored in biology and chemistry. The school had just become co-ed and she was among 38 women on campus with more than 400 men.
She was later accepted at Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania where a policy was in place to accept one African-American every four years. She completed her clinical laboratory time at Mercy-Douglas Hospital in Philadelphia. While there she saw an ad for a job at Lakin State Hospital in West Virginia at a salary of $25 a month.
Her mother had passed in 1947 and her father had suffered a severe heart attack. With a brother and sister still in college, the salary looked good and she got the job along with its numerous challenges.
In December 1947, she met and married William L. Bateman, a young medical attendant. Together, they watched medicine advance. He died in 2004 after 54 years of marriage.
She has served as a psychiatrist, administrator and teacher. She was a clinical instructor at Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania, clinical director and superintendent of Lakin State Hospital, and supervisor of the West Virginia Department of Mental Health.
In 1962, she became the first African-American woman to hold the position of state mental health commissioner. In 1977, she was one of four psychiatrists on the President's Commission on Mental Health. She also has headed the Department of Psychiatry at Marshall University's School of Medicine.
She collected an armload of degrees and awards throughout the decades.
A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 4 at Bream, which is at the corner of Ohio Avenue and West Washington Street on Charleston's West Side.