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