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Mary Lee Mitchell  

Mary Lee Mitchell

October 3, 1937 ~ December 28, 2014

Mary Lee Mitchell, age 77, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully while surrounded by her family on Sunday, December 28, 2014.

Born in Morrisville, VT on October 3, 1937, Mrs. Mitchell was a daughter of the late Erle J. Morrill and Anne Miller Morrill.

She was a longtime and active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Newark where she served as a Stephen minister.  Both artistically and musically inclined, Mrs. Mitchell enjoyed playing classical piano.  She was an avid writer and authored weekly creative stories for the Newark Senior Center.  A woman of well-rounded interests, Mrs. Mitchell liked golfing and bowling in her leisure time.  She was known for her gentle and compassionate nature and throughout her life, went out of her way to help those less fortunate.  In her later years, Mrs. Mitchell remained active in her church and local community, where she enjoyed many friendships and also continued to play the piano and write.  She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend who will be dearly missed.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, William Gordon Mitchell and her sister, Pat Fitts.  Mrs. Mitchell is survived by her children, Jeffrey M. Mitchell, Jennifer L. Mitchell and Julianne Petroulis; and 2 granddaughters, Ashley M. Petroulis and Elizabeth A. Petroulis.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 3 pm on Saturday afternoon, May 16, 2015 at the First Presbyterian Church of Newark, 292 W. Main Street, Newark, DE.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sunday Breakfast Mission, P.O. Box 352, Wilmington, DE 19899.

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  1. Helen Melendy Farrand, December 30, 2014

    To my dear lifelong friend, Mary Lee’s daughters, Jennifer and Jullianne and son Jeffrey, I cannot tell you how saddened I am for the loss of your Mother, Mary Lee. She has been my dearest friend since elementary school. She has always been loved and admired by all who had the privilege to know her and always put the needs of those less fortunate before her. We have stayed in touch all our lives because of our long friendship. I shall feel her loss tremendously. She was a “one of a kind” sweet and dear lady and the world shall feel her loss. Sincerely, Helen Melendy Farrand

  2. Jean P. Skibinski, December 31, 2014

    Sending my sincere sympathy to Mary Lee’s family. I will miss our weekly rides to the “Scribblers” meeting at NSC, and Mary Lee’s weekly stop at WaWa to pick up her favorite goodies. Members of Scribblers will miss her delightful stories about life in Vermont in days of yore.
    Mary Lee, we will miss you. Fondly, Jean P. Skibinski

  3. Sharon Corey, December 31, 2014

    I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and you sisters.

  4. Jasmine Willis, December 31, 2014

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I did not know your loved one personally, but I do know the pain of losing a loved one in death. It is my hope that you may find comfort from family and friends, and from “the God of all comfort” who can provide us with peace during such difficult times. – 2 Corinthians 1:3

  5. DeVon Williams Daniels, January 2, 2015

    Jeff, Julianne and Jennifer,

    I always enjoyed working with Mary Lee and know she was proud of all of her children. I know she continued to miss your father and hope she now will rest in peace. My sincere sympathy and prayers are with all of you and your families.


  6. Karen Griffith McKinney, January 4, 2015

    I grew up in the neighborhood with the Mitchell family, and have always remembered Mary Lee as a kind, and compassionate mother. As an adult, I have had the pleasure over the last several years, tonsho establish a warm relationship with Mary Lee. She and my mother have been good friends, and I visit Mom often, as I live in the midwest. We all went to church together when I visited, which was quite frequently. She will be remembered as the sweetest person I know, next to my own mother.


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