Gertrude L. Mitchell
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Gertrude L. Mitchell passed from this life on June 5, 2004. For the past five years she resided at the Liberty Heights Retirement Residency, Colorado Springs, Colo. During the previous five years she lived in Derry, N.H.
Gertrude Lucille Magill was born July 30, 1902, in Mount Vernon. In 1920 she married Maurice A. Mitchell, who was the YMCA general secretary in Mount Vernon from 1931 to 1942. He preceded her in death in 1972. As the wife of a YMCA general secretary, she was not only a housewife and mother, but also a hostess to YMCA colleagues and national and international YMCA leaders. Together they counseled young people and operated YMCA camps in Ohio and New Hampshire.
Their lives were full and active, but they managed annual trips to show their three daughters the United States and Canada. Her steadfast devotion to he faith and family was lifelong. Her love of gardening, music, travel and friendships was vital to her throughout her lifetime and, fortunately, she was able to sustain these interests until her death.
Surviving are her daughters and their husbands, Janice Trew and Duane D. Day of Boston, Mass., Barbara Lee and Donald M. Johnston of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.., and Phyllis Ann and Winthrop W. “Bill” Wildman of Colorado Springs, Colo. Also surviving are nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Two grandsons preceded her in death.
She was loved and will be missed by all of her friends and family.
Graveside service will be Saturday, Sept. 18, at 11 a.m. in Mound View Cemetery, Mount Vernon.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be sent to the Church at Woodmoor, P.O. Box 330, Monument, CO 80132.