Mitchell, Barbara

May 26th, 2008

Barbara C. (Clinch) Mitchell, age 86, of Laconia, NH, formerly of Danvers, MA & Wilmington, MA, died on May 25, 2008, at the Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, MA.

Born on June 19, 1921, in Somerville, MA, Barbara was the daughter of the late Guy C., Sr. & Ethel L. (Journeay) Clinch. She grew up in Wilmington, MA, and graduated from Wilmington High School. Barbara graduated Fisher Junior College in Boston, MA, where she received her Associates Degree. Barbara married Douglas Mitchell and they built a home in Danvers in 1950, where they lived for 35 years before retiring to Laconia, NH, in 1985. Prior to retirement she worked as a medical secretary for various doctors in the Danvers area and for Hunt Hospital in Danvers. She was a past member of the Maple Street Congregational Church, where she sang in the choir and a current member of the Congregational Church of Laconia. Barbara was very family oriented and outgoing, she planned many outings at their camp on Welch Island in New Hampshire for her family and friends. It was there that they enjoyed boating, swimming, family cook outs, and each others company. In her spare time, Barbara loved to knit, read, cook, garden, and she could be heard singing all over the house. She loved to winter in Florida and summer in Laconia, which she continued to do right up until early this month.

Barbara was the beloved wife of the late Douglas Mitchell with whom she was married for 52 years until his passing in 1994, she was the devoted mother of Paul Mitchell & his wife Cathy of Goffstown, NH, Bruce Mitchell & his late wife Linda of Merrimac, MA, and Carl Mitchell & his wife Karen of Byfield, MA, loving grandmother of Douglas, Christopher, Paula, Jared, Jason, Kelly and the late Stacy. She was the dear sister of Edward Clinch of Bloomington, IN, Maude Barber of Hershey, PA, and the late Guy Clinch, Frances Swiniarski, Marjorie Whitman, and Dorothy Ettinger, Barbara is also survived by many great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Her Funeral Service will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Thursday, May 29th at 9:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Wednesday, May 28th from 5-8 p.m.

Memorial donations in Barbara’s name may be made to Hospice of the North Shore, 10 Elm St. #1, Danvers, MA 01923.


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