Shirley Gertrude Mitchell
On June 25, 2012, embraced by her family, Shirley G. (Hart) Mitchell concluded her discipleship on earth. Shirley was born in Watertown, Wisconsin on September 23, 1922 to Edward and Gertrude (Kuester) Hart.
She spent her early years growing up in central and southern Wisconsin and Illinois. Shirley graduated from East High School in 1940. On April 4, 1944, she was united in marriage to her classmate Russell Mitchell. While Russell was stationed in Chico, California, with the Air Force, Shirley worked for the telephone company. With great devotion and love, Shirley raised their five children in Monona. She was an active participant and motivator in the life of the community and schools. Shirley always exemplified grace and kindness. Her life reflected God’s Character with ever increasing beauty. She was a charter member of St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Monona, and a recipient of the St. Stephen’s Award in 1993, for her long standing exemplary service. Shirley taught Sunday School, coordinated Bible School, played the role of Beloved John in their Lenten Portrayals, was an active member in circles, Church Women United, and the ELCA. She participated in the annual CROP Walk, initiated and was a team leader for the Dane County Paint-A-Thon, served meals for the Wilmar Center, volunteered at the Broadway/Simpson St. Neighborhood Center, and coordinated the Food Pantry at the Church. She also organized a knitting group at the Monona Hills Retirement Center for making mittens and hats for the needy. In 1974, Shirley worked as an Administrative Assistant at the University of Wisconsin Extension. As with everything, Shirley put great passion into her career. In 1978, she became the Administrative Assistant/ Program Developer for the Small Business Development Center. While working for Dr. Robert Pricer, an unending friendship evolved with Dr. Pricer and his wife, Jane. In 1988, Shirley worked for the School of Business, retiring in 1989. After living in Monona for 44 years, Shirley moved to Prairie du Sac, where she dazzled this community for 10 years. She joined St. John’s Lutheran Church in Prairie du Sac, and continued with her many charitable activities. She volunteered for the Hospital Auxiliary, worked for the Mobile Meals Program, participated in Health Trip and volunteered in the schools. Much of Shirley’s time was devoted to being Coordinator for St. Vincent DePaul’s Food Pantry for 12 years.
Shirley is survived by her children; Mark (Cari) Mitchell, Spring Green, Meryl (Steve) Mixtacki, Verona, Mari (Brian) Mitchell, DeForest, Margaret (Tom) McFarlane, Sauk City, Matthew (Becky) Mitchell, Monona. Her legacy of love continued with twelve grandchildren; Scott, Kirk, Clint, Drew, Mindy, Michael, Nicole, Lori, Tom, Amanda, Max, and Mari and eleven great- grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Margaret Jean Born; brother in-law Charles Born; and three children who died at birth, Craig, Marsha, and Michael Mitchell.
Shirley’s family would like to thank all of the nurses, caregivers and medical professionals who guided them the past 4 months. A special thank you to Emily Acheson and the Home Health United Hospice Staff and our Church Families at St. Stephen’s in Monona, St. John’s in Prairie du Sac and First United Church of Christ in Sauk City.
Memorials may be given in Shirley’s name to St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry, the Sauk Prairie Free Clinic, and the Salvation Army.
Shirley will live on in all of those she touched. This beautiful matriarch changed many lives. Shirley will be greatly missed. We all are richer for knowing this beautiful lady. Death is not the end of a life’s story; it is just the end of a chapter. A funeral service will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 100 Oak St., Prairie du Sac. Burial will follow in the Forest Hill Cemetery, Madison. Friends may call on Wednesday evening from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church.
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