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Shirley Jean Mitchell

Obituary for Shirley Jean Mitchell

December 4, 1947 - September 10, 2017
Avon Lake, Ohio | Age 69

Beloved Avon Lake Elementary School Teacher and Friend


Shirley Jean Mitchell, 69 a lifelong resident of Avon Lake, Passed away Sunday, September 10, 2017 at Main Street Care Center, Avon Lake following a brief illness. Shirley was born December 4, 1947 in Amherst.

Shirley was a graduate of Avon Lake High School and continued her education at Bowling Green State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education, and a Master's Degree in reading. Shirley worked two years for the Lorain City Schools, then as an elementary school teacher for the Avon Lake City Schools for 31 years. She truly loved being a teacher and the children she taught, and for that she was honored as Avon Lake Teacher of the Year in 1989 and recognized in Who's Who in America Teachers. She also wrote many articles for educational magazines. Shirley kept many professional memberships including organizations such as the Lorain County Retired Teachers Association, the Ohio Retired Teachers Association and the National Teachers Association.

Shirley was a lifelong member of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Avon Lake where she taught Sunday and vacation bible schools and was on the Christian Education and Nursery School Boards. At church, she also sang in the choir, helped with first communion, was a member of the Anna Circle, the Foodies, the Green and Evangelism Committees. She was a lector, served on the church council, and helped with Family Promise. In addition to her activities at church, Shirley loved flower and vegetable gardening, cross-stitch, crossword puzzles, collecting cookbooks, giving and receiving affection from her cats, The Ohio State Buckeyes, and helping others.

Shirley is survived by cousins and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Mildred (nee Strapon) Mitchell.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Shirley's memory may be forwarded to Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church or a charity of your choice.

Celebration of life will be on Saturday, September 23 at 10:00am at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 32747 Lake Rd., Avon Lake. Private interment Resthaven Memory Gardens (440)933-3202

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Suggested Memorial Donations

  • In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Shirley's name to your favorite charity or to her church, Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church.
  • Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church
    32747 Lake Rd.,
    Avon Lake, OH 44012

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Avon Lake, OH 44012
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