Long­time Auth Vil­lage res­i­dent Mary Mitchell dies at 93

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Mary Rose (Van En­ge­len) Mitchell was born on a dairy farm in Farib­ault, Minn., on Sept. 4, 1923. Al­though she en­joyed her up­bring­ing on the farm, she al­ways com­plained about milk­ing cows in the cold Min­nesota morn­ings. Mary’s fa­ther had im­mi­grated from the Nether­lands, and Mary cher­ished her Dutch her­itage. She was close to her cousins in Hol­land and vis­ited them often.

She grad­u­ated from Beth­le­hem Academy, a Catholic school near her home­town. Then, in a spirit of ad­ven­ture and patriotism, she em­barked on a life-chang­ing ad­ven­ture, board­ing a train to far­away Wash­ing­ton, D.C., dur­ing World War II. With her nim­ble fin­gers and flare for gram­mar, she landed po­si­tions in civil ser­vice and on Capi­tol Hill.

While danc­ing the jit­ter­bug one night in a church hall, she was spot­ted by the love of her life, a dash­ing, dark-haired clar­inet player, Rus­sell An­thony Mitchell. The two were mar­ried for 68 years, parted only by his death in 2013.

Mary and Russ moved to Auth Vil­lage, where they raised two chil­dren, Bar­bara and Rus­sell, and be­came ac­tive at St. Philip’s Church where Mary was Pre­fect of the So­dal­ity in 1963-64. She loved to cook, and was noted for her pumpkin bars (memo­ri­al­ized in St. Philip’s Golden An­niver­sary Cook­book, page 14).

In 1960 she went back to work at An­drews Air Force Base and was known as “Mother Main­te­nance,” keep­ing the planes run­ning on time. After she re­tired again, she worked to per­fect her bridge game.

In 2014 she moved from her long­time home on Delta Lane to Spring Vil­lage in Cal­i­for­nia, Md. After a bless­edly brief bout of pneu­mo­nia, Mary re­joined Russ to dance in the af­ter­life on Oct. 2.

Mary was pre­de­ceased by her hus­band, two sis­ters and a brother. Sur­vivors in­clude her daugh­ter Bar­bara Ann Mitchell; son and daugh­ter-in-law, Rus­sell James and Cindy Mitchell; and many beloved nieces and neph­ews. Mass of Chris­tian Burial was at St. Philip’s, with burial at Res­ur­rec­tion Ceme­tery.

Thank you to Mary’s daugh­ter Bar­bara for her lov­ing con­tri­bu­tion to this obit­u­ary.

Com­ing up

Oct. 27-Nov. 3: Early Vot­ing. In our area, the clos­est place is the Suit­land Com­mu­nity Park School on Re­gency Lane. Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Vot­ing is for U. S. Pres­i­dent; U.S. Sena- tor; District 4 Rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Congress; sev­eral Court judges; Board of Ed­u­ca­tion, District 7; and sev­eral bal­lot ques­tions.

Oct. 29: Hal­lowee­nie Roast Camp­fire at Clear­wa­ter Na­ture Cen­ter at Cosca Re­gional Park in Clin­ton. Join a nat­u­ral­ist for a non-scary, Hal­loween event, for ages 2 and up. See live an­i­mals and do a craft. Marsh­mal­lows, hot­dogs and roast­ing sticks will be avail­able. Cos­tumes are not re­quired. Hours: noon to 3 p.m. Fee, $5.

Oct 29: Morn­ing­side is host­ing its first Trunk or Treat. On that night they’ll hold a cos­tume con­test, bake sale, and Trunk or Treat from cars. Cars will also be judged for best (spook­i­est?). This event is meant to pro­vide a safer Hal­loween ex­pe­ri­ence for chil­dren. For in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Coun­cilmem­ber Blade, 240-464-4272, or Coun­cilmem­ber Fowler, 240-354-5953.

Peo­ple

I’ve just re­ceived word that Mary Tay­lor, one of the Ni­chols fam­ily of Morn­ing­side, died Oct. 8. I’ll pay trib­ute to her in next week’s col­umn.

Kevin Kelly is the 2016-17 pres­i­dent of the Sur­ratt So­ci­ety. Other of­fi­cers are: Louise Oertly, vice pres­i­dent; Sue Per­rotta, sec­re­tary; and Tom Buck­ing­ham, trea­surer.

Li­gia Ro­jas is the 2016-17 pre­fect of St. Philip’s So­dal­ity. Other of­fi­cers: Carolyn Hayes, vice-pres­i­dent; Lor­raine Wright, sec­re­tary; and Karin Yeat­man, trea­surer.

Chang­ing land­scape

An­other fed­eral agency may be mov­ing to Prince Ge­orge’s. The Gen­eral Ser­vices Ad­min­is­tra­tion is con­sid­er­ing a site near the Branch Av­enue Metro station for the U.S. Cit­i­zen­ship and Im­mi­gra­tion Ser­vice.

The Sur­ratt House plans to be­gin preser­va­tion work within the year, and to de­mol­ish the va­cant build­ing next door — it has been do­nated to the house, mak­ing for a clear view of the mu­seum from the busy in­ter­sec­tion at Brandy­wine and Pis­cat­away roads.

May they rest in peace

Her­bert M. O’Neill, 88, who lived on the same street in Forestville for more than 60 years, died Sept. 16. He was a S.E. Wash­ing­ton na­tive be­fore mov­ing to Forestville. His wife Mar­garet, sons Michael and Pa­trick and daugh­ter Jeanne pre­ceded him in death. Sur­vivors in­clude his daugh­ter Kath­leen O’Neill Burgess, five grand­chil­dren and his brother Eu­gene. Ser­vices were at Lee’s with burial at Res­ur­rec­tion Ceme­tery

Wil­liam O. Tay­lor Jr., 75, long­time res­i­dent of Suit­land, died Oct. 1 in Shady Side. He was born in Wash­ing­ton to Mary and Wil­liam O. Tay­lor Sr., and was mar­ried to Bil­lie C. Tay­lor who died in 2009. He served in the U. S. Army and was em­ployed for 40 years with Solon Au­to­mated Ser­vices. His mem­ber­ships in­cluded: the Moose, B.P.O.E., Amer­i­can Le­gion and the Fleet Re­serve. Sur­vivors in­clude son Ron­nie Tay­lor, daugh­ter Dawn Ma­har, six grand­chil­dren and sib­lings Joseph and Robert Tay­lor, Joan Gear­heart and Rose­mary Gearhart. He was pre­ceded in death by broth­ers Frank and James Tay­lor and a sis­ter Jean Sin­clair.

Mile­stones

Happy birth­day to Clyde Miller, Cather­ine Alvis, Jody Ny­ers and Christina Ram­sey Eckloff, Oct. 22; Mary Flood Dawes, Oct. 23; Daniel John Fitzger­ald and Anna Nor­ris, Oct. 24; My grand­daugh­ter Kathryn Shearer and Donna An­der­son, Oct. 25; Orva Heis­senbut­tel, Juanita Starke and Christo­pher Fla­herty, Oct. 27.

Happy 50th an­niver­sary to Ma­sonic Cen­ten­nial Lodge No. 174 in Up­per Marl­boro.

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