OBITUARY

MaryLou Mitchell

January 29, 1951September 3, 2021

MaryLou Mitchell, RN, MSN, SCRN, peacefully passed into the Light of God on Friday, September 3, 2021 at the age of 70 after a long and brave battle with cancer. MaryLou loved her devoted life partner, Peter Cotey, and together they created a beautiful home filled with friends and their beloved dogs. MaryLou served nearly fifty years as a nurse, providing compassionate, evidence based care to patients and their families in a variety of healthcare settings. For the past 20 years, she was dedicated to Sparrow Hospital’s stroke program. Her work with the leadership and physicians involved in the stroke program was instrumental in achieving and maintaining Sparrow’s certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center.

MaryLou lived a life of purpose working tirelessly in her role as the Sparrow Hospital Stroke Program Nurse Practice Specialist to advocate for stroke patients and stroke care. She also worked in conjunction with Michigan State University, the American Heart Association and the Michigan State Legislature to improve Michigan Stroke Care. She was a devoted mentor and friend to many residents, fellows, attending physicians and nurses at Sparrow and beyond over many years. MaryLou was a skilled nurse educator, providing specialty training in stroke management to emergency personnel, nursing, community physicians and the Lansing community at large to advance stroke care and awareness. Her work will not be forgotten.

MaryLou had a keen mind and strong opinions. She enjoyed discussions about books, politics, food and current events. She had a strong sense of loyalty to her community and friends. MaryLou had a positive energy that brought people together both professionally and personally and made good things happen. She loved her family and friends with a deep and abiding affection. Her many long-term friendships are a testament to her depth of character, lively intelligence and wonderful heart. She loved travel, and had the opportunity to enjoy that passion in her later years. MaryLou enjoyed Florida visits with her niece Jennifer, nephews Jonathan and Heath, and their mothers Dala and Georgette.

MaryLou faced cancer with courage and a lack of self pity. She was profoundly grateful for the care of Rashmi Chugh MD of the University of Michigan Cancer Center, Anthony Brandau DO of Red Cedar Oncology and Maria Zarzour MD of M D Anderson Cancer Center.

Thank you to Hospice of Lansing Stoneleigh Residence, James LaBerge DO and staff for their kindness and care in her last days.

September 16 Service for Marylou Mitchell is visible on htttps://m.youtube.com/c/StMarthaParishandSchoolOkemosMI/videos

A Celebration of MaryLou’s Life with food and refreshments will be held at MSU University Club on Saturday, October 23, with Memorial Services starting at 1 PM. All friends are welcome to attend the Celebration of Life. Please plan to help contribute your written and/or oral stories to share with all. Plans are in process for simultaneous video web and recording for those too distant to attend.

Rest in peace, MaryLou. You will be missed.

Services

  • A Celebration of Life

    Saturday, October 23, 2021

Memories

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Susan Sugden

September 17, 2021

Some things I learned from you, Marylou:
Don’t wait to be happy. It takes planning and requires time but don’t postpone doing things and seeing people that make you happy.

Create a comfortable home and make good food.

Hold people accountable and have high standards. Be loyal to your friends.

Buy the nice one. You can take it back if you change your mind.

Dogs are perfect animals.

Nursing is the best job because you can always find work and it can change over the course of your lifetime. Nursing keeps your mind occupied with care for others and requires a life of learning.



Your light will shine a long time in this world, dear friend. You are very missed.

Kim Alexander

September 15, 2021

Marylou was an intelligent compassionate nurse whose passion for stroke victims was palapable. Her legacy will live on in the many lives she touched, and thee many nurses she shared her knowledge with! May her memories bring comfort to her family and many friends. Until we meet again Marylou❤

Theresa Price

September 14, 2021

MaryLou was a women with GREAT STYLE and a palate for fine food and drink. I miss her already, but will enjoy every fine meal with memories of her smile and passion for life on my mind and in my heart. MaryLou and I shared many fine meals together and she filled my soul with meaningful friendship. Goodbye my friend, for now.

Yolanda Garrett

September 8, 2021

I had the pleasure of working with Mary Lou at Sparrow; she had a zest for life that cannot be compared. Mary Lou also helped our family navigate healthcare due to a stroke. My heart goes out to her family. I will miss talking to you Mary Lou .

Tina Ray

September 7, 2021

I will miss Mary Lou’s beautiful smile, compassion and hard work as our stroke specialist. She gave her heart and sole to our program, with her we were able to go above and beyond getting our community the stroke care they deserved. I loved talking with her about her life outside Sparrow. We will miss her enthusiasm and work ethic. Please know we loved her dearly, and hope in time her beautiful memories will help ease your pain of loss .

Ashley Meyers

September 7, 2021

MaryLou will always hold a special place in my heart. I knew her as someone who had a fierce love for life and and compassionate soul dedicated to helping others. Our team in Nursing Education will miss her expertise. I will miss her friendship. MaryLou helped when my grandmother, Rosie, had a stroke and was a bright light during her tough days.

Kristin Coble, RN-MSN

September 7, 2021

I had the pleasure of working with Mary when I was a new nurse. She was a great teacher and I feel fortunate to have learned so much from her. I'll always remember how kind she was when my mother had a stroke. She will certainly be missed. My heart goes out to her family during this time of loss.

Eileen Worden

September 7, 2021

MaryLou was the quintessential nurse, passionate about her work, well informed, funny, and always the best dressed person in the room! Her advocacy for the care of stroke patients was unmatched and leaves a legacy we can only aspire to. She will be missed by many.

Michelle Harper

September 6, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Mary Lou as a liaison between her patients and EMS. She most certainly had a passion for improving the care of stroke patients both pre-hospital and in-hospital. She was a joy to work with and will truly be missed. Thoughts and prayers for the family.

Colleen Drolett

September 4, 2021

Marylou was a fierce advocate for providing the very best care for her patients. Stroke care in Lansing was definitely made better because of her. She would settle for nothing less than the very best. I respected her professionally and was lucky to call her a friend. We will miss you Marylou❤️

FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

MaryLou Mitchell, RN, MSN, SCRN, peacefully passed into the Light of God on Friday, September 3, 2021 at the age of 70 after a long and brave battle with cancer. MaryLou loved her devoted life partner, Peter Cotey, and together they created a beautiful home filled with friends and their beloved dogs.
MaryLou served nearly fifty years as a nurse, providing compassionate, evidence based care to patients and their families in a variety of healthcare settings. For the past 20 years, she was dedicated to Sparrow Hospital’s stroke program. Her work with the leadership and physicians involved in the stroke program was instrumental in achieving and maintaining Sparrow’s certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center.

MaryLou lived a life of purpose working tirelessly in her role as the Sparrow Hospital Stroke Program Nurse Practice Specialist to advocate for stroke patients and stroke care. She also worked in conjunction with Michigan State University, the American Heart Association and the Michigan State Legislature to improve Michigan Stroke Care. She was a devoted mentor and friend to many residents, fellows, attending physicians and nurses at Sparrow and beyond over many years. MaryLou was a skilled nurse educator, providing specialty training in stroke management to emergency personnel, nursing, community physicians and the Lansing community at large to advance stroke care and awareness. Her work will not be forgotten.

MaryLou had a keen mind and strong opinions. She enjoyed discussions about books, politics, food and current events. She had a strong sense of loyalty to her community and friends. MaryLou had a positive energy that brought people together both professionally and personally and made good things happen. She loved her family and friends with a deep and abiding affection. Her many long-term friendships are a testament to her depth of character, lively intelligence and wonderful heart. She loved travel, and had the opportunity to enjoy that passion In her later years. MaryLou enjoyed Florida visits with her niece Jennifer, nephews Jonathan and Heath, and their mothers Dala and Georgette.

MaryLou faced cancer with courage and a lack of self pity. She was profoundly grateful for the care of Rashmi Chugh MD of the University of Michigan Cancer Center, Anthony Brandau DO of Red Cedar Oncology and Maria Zarzour MD of M D Anderson Cancer Center.