Mass of Christian Burial for Patricia Marie Mitchell, who died while surrounded by her family at her home in Ormond Beach on the 15th of October, 2016, will be celebrated Wednesday at St. Brendan's Catholic Church, 1000 Oceanshore Blvd. Ormond Beach with Rev. Father James Queen as celebrant. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery. Born Jan 22, 1932 in Waterbury, Connecticut to Mary (Neubert) Shea and John Joseph Shea. Upon graduating from Waterbury Catholic High School in 1949, she began a life of service and devotion to others in communion with the deep values of her Catholic faith. In 1962 she worked for Catholic Relief Services in Calcutta and New Dehli, India to administer food distribution programs for families in need, and frequently accompanied Mother Teresa on her visits to the poorest areas of Calcutta. In 1963 she married Stanley Dale Mitchell of Greeley, Colorado in New Delhi, India, and raised three children. The family lived abroad, in Thailand, Laos, Indonesia, Pakistan and Washington DC from 1967-1980, while he served with the U.S. Department of State. Patricia began work for the Daytona Beach News Journal after settling in Ormond Beach in 1986. After her retirement, she enjoyed living near the ocean and spending time with family and close friends. Since 1988 Patricia has been actively involved with St. Brendan's Catholic Church, serving as a Minister of the Eucharist as well as conducting AIDS patient ministry. She served on St. Brendan's Parish Council and the School Board. She will be remembered for her sharp wit, exceptional memory, and her compassion for humanity. She was an avid reader, and loved completing the crossword every day, often calling friends and sharing tips. Predeceased by her brother, John J. Shea of Norfolk, Connecticut, she is survived by her sister, Marilyn Shea of Middlebury, Connecticut and her son, John Mitchell of Austin, Texas; Kai Mitchell of Berkeley, California; and Ruth Mitchell of St. Mary's City, Maryland and her granddaughter, Eva Halasz of Berkeley, California. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution to Florida Hospital Hospice Care, who provided Patricia excellent care and dignity in her final days.
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