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 on July 16, 1920, to William and Beatrice Coon McConnell, who are deceased.
On March 20, 1940, she married Perry Edward Mitchell, who died on April 30, 2008.
Surviving are two daughters, Mary Etta (Charles W.) McPheron, with whom she lived, and Nancy J. Martinovici of Hixton, Wis.; four grandchildren, Michele (Todd) Gibson, Lima, John (Elizabeth) McPheron, Lima, 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; by four brothers, Clayton, Harold, Norman and William McConnell; a sister, Ruth Yarnell and two infant sisters; and son-in-law Terrence Martinovici.
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. They worked its food bank and did 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 held at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home in Spencerville, the Rev. Mark A. Bayliff, officiating.
Burial will follow in the St. Matthew Cemetery, north of Cridersville.
Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and after 9:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Helping Hands Hospice or to the Union Chapel Missionary Church.