Mary Susan Mitchell, 92, of rural Lima, died at 6:40 a.m. Thursday, March 14, 2013, in her family homestead farm home in which she was born in Amanda Township, with her family at her side.
She was born July 16, 1920, to Beatrice (Coon) and William McConnell, who are deceased. On March 20, 1940, she married Perry Edward Mitchell, who died April 30, 2008.
Surviving are two daughters; Mary Etta (Charles W. ) McPheron, with whom she lived, and Nancy J. Martinovici, of Hixton, Wis.; 4 grandchildren; Michele (Todd Gibson, of Lima, John (Elizabeth) McPheron, of Lima, Ryan (Bethany) Martinovici, of Wisconsin, and Jeffrey (April) Martinovici, of Wisconsin; 4 great-grandchildren; Joshua Gibson, Noah Gibson, Nikole McPheron, and Chase McPheron; 2 sisters-in-law; Lee McConnell, of Lima, and Gladys McConnell, of Lima; and her special dog, Half Pint.
She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Elizabeth Ann; four brothers; Clayton McConnell, Harold McConnell, Norman McConnell, and William McConnell; a sister, Ruth Yarnell; two infant sisters and a son-in-law; Terrence Martirtoa.
She was a graduate of Shawnee High School and worked with her husband in the family farming of grain and dairy with their registered Guernsey Cows. They had been members of the Bethlehem Christian Union Church and after retirement they moved to Sun City West, Ariz., where they were founding members of the First Assembly of God, working its food bank and doing a prison ministry for juveniles in Phoenix. After 19 years there, they moved back to Lima where they became “adopted shut-in members” of the Union Chapel Missionary Church east of Lima.
She had a great love for God and was ready to see Jesus.
She had a great love for roses and was a very caring and loving wife, mother, grand and great-grandmother and a friend to many.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home in Spencerville, with the Rev. Mark A. Bayliff officiating. Burial will follow at St. Matthew Cemetery north of Cridersville.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Helping Hands Hospice or to the Union Chapel Missionary Church.
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