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Marsha A. Mitcheson

March 21, 1950September 3, 2021
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Marsha A. (Marlow) Mitcheson, 71, of Mattapoisett, passed away Friday, September 3, 2021 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was a passionate teacher and rejoiced in sharing her love of literature with her grandchildren and students alike. She was the wife of James A. Mitcheson with whom she shared 50 years of marriage.

Born in New Bedford, daughter of the late William N. and Evelyn (DeMonbrun) Marlow, she had resided in Fairhaven for 24 years before moving to Mattapoisett 26 year ago.

A graduate of Dartmouth High School, Marsha went on to receive her Bachelor’s degree in English from Southeastern Massachusetts University and earned her Master’s degree from Bridgewater State University.

Mrs. Mitcheson began her teaching career in Fairhaven where she spent 10 years as a paraprofessional and a reading specialist. She continued her journey as an educator in Taunton lending her talents in both the classroom and as Vice Principal of Maxim School in Taunton. After fifteen years of service, she retired from the Mulcahey Elementary School in 2013.

Marsha was also an active member of the Mattapoisett Congregational Church and Smith Mills Christian Congregational Church in Dartmouth, where she taught Sunday school. She was a member of the Massachusetts Reading Association and was truly a lifelong learner. Marsha was a woman of grace who would talk calmly and carry a big heart. She never seemed to wear the same outfit twice and would always relish in a shopping bargain. The only thing sharper than her wardrobe was her wit. She knew how to hold your attention, even when words were not at her disposal. Surviving in addition to her husband are four children, James W. Mitcheson and wife Laurie of W. Bridgewater, Ryan Mitcheson and wife Tori of Fort Mill, SC, Nicholas Mitcheson and wife Amy of Marion and Whitney Gaspar and Marc of Mattapoisett; eight grandchildren, Morgan, Lauren, James, Gavin, Broden and Phineas Mitcheson, and Drew and Carson Gaspar; a sister Darlene Wheeler of New Bedford; a brother William N. Marlow Jr of Palm Harbor, FL and nieces and nephews, Jennifer DaCosta and Gerald B. Wheeler III of Rochester, Marissa and Christian Marlow of Palm Harbor, FL.

The family would like to recognize the Community Nurse Home Care of Fairhaven for the exceptional hospice care Marsha received by Erin and Sandy. A special thanks to Marsha’s CNA’s, Camille, Grisselle, Isabel and Melissa who cared for her daily with love and compassion. The ability to trust those who are caring for your loved one is an invaluable gift and our family is eternally grateful.

Her Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 10am in the Mattapoisett Congregational Church, 27 Church St., Mattapoisett. Her visiting hours will be held on Wednesday from 4 to 7PM in the Waring-Sullivan Home at Fairlawn, 180 Washington St., Fairhaven. AT THE REQUEST OF THE FAMILY, PLEASE WEAR A MASK WHEN ATTENDING THE VISITATION AND CHURCH SERVICE. Her burial will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in her honor may be made to: Walk to End Alzheimer’s Team Mind Over Matter. https://tiny.one/MindOverMatter. To place an online tribute or for directions, please visit: www.waring-sullivan.com

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 8, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, September 9, 2021

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Burial Private

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Paul Sardinha

September 10, 2021

My dear Ryan, Whitney and your beautiful family. I am so very, VERY sorry you beautiful Mother has passed. I know she (and your wonderful Father) shared such a amazing love, so much that there children grew into wonderful, caring and loving (and talented) adults as well as parents. I know your beautiful Mother is now in God's loving hands and she will always watch over you. I will always keep you in my prayers.

Sandy and Joe Perrone

September 10, 2021

I’ll always remember Marsha and I taking our little boys down to Pope beach loving memories, she always made me laugh, God Bless

Roger Berube

September 10, 2021

So sorry to hear about about Marsha's passing, please accept my sincerest condolences to all who loved her, may she rest in peace.

RICHARD SOUZA

September 9, 2021

SO SORRY TO THE MITCHESON FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF HEARING THE PASSING OF MARSHA A. MITCHESON 0N SEPTEMBER 3, 2021.
JIM,"
I KNOW THAT MARSHA WILL FOREVER BE IN YOUR HEART. MAY GOD REST HER IN PEACE"
DICK SOUZA

Martha Browne

September 9, 2021

I have happy memories of visits to the Marlow home in Dartmouth. Marsha was the younger sister of my dear friend Darlene during our high school days. We shared meals and homework time. We played games and went to church activities. Later there were many family gatherings. Rest in peace dear lady.

Sharon Joseph

September 8, 2021

Marsha you were one of the most classy, kind, loving , funny, beautiful woman I know. You are flying with the angels now. Peace to you as you follow your new journey. It’s not goodbye Marsha it’s until we meet again. Love to you in heaven🙏🙏. Your old friend Sharon Joseph 💕💕💕

Patricia Cruz

September 8, 2021

I was so sorry to read about Marsha's passing. I went to high school and college with her and will always remember her infectious smile. She had such a quick wit about her and could make a comical remark with a straight face and keep us laughing. It's been many years since I've seen her, but will always remember her as a loyal and great friend. May your memories of her comfort you at this time. Will remember your family in my prayers during these difficult days.

Patricia Flannery-Goodwin

September 7, 2021

Ryan and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I hope that happy memories will help comfort you during this most difficult time.

Alice Costa

September 7, 2021

We remember the first time we met Marsha! We immediately felt her warmth, love and a genuine welcome as she invited us into her home! We were fortunate to spend time with Marsha at Ryan and Tori's wedding, showers and a few family gatherings. Our only regret is there weren't many other opportunities because of the distance between our homes. We loved watching the video of Marsha's life! We felt so many emotions including happiness, sadness, but mostly happiness for a life well lived! May you rest in peace, Marsha. You will surely be missed....until we meet again!

Alice and Gil Costa

Gerald Wheeler

September 7, 2021

To the Mitcheson Family, Our deepest sympathy to everyone.

Sally and Jerry Wheeler

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Biography

Marsha A. (Marlow) Mitcheson, 71, of Mattapoisett, passed away Friday, September 3, 2021 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was a passionate teacher and rejoiced in sharing her love of literature with her grandchildren and students alike. She was the wife of James A. Mitcheson with whom she shared 50 years of marriage.

Born in New Bedford, daughter of the late William N. and Evelyn (DeMonbrun) Marlow, she had resided in Fairhaven for 24 years before moving to Mattapoisett 26 year ago.

A graduate of Dartmouth High School, Marsha went on to receive her Bachelor’s degree in English from Southeastern Massachusetts University and earned her Master’s degree from Bridgewater State University.

Mrs. Mitcheson began her teaching career in Fairhaven where she spent 10 years as a paraprofessional and a reading specialist. She continued her journey as an educator in Taunton lending her talents in both the classroom and as Vice Principal of Maxim School in Taunton. After fifteen years of service, she retired from the Mulcahey Elementary School in 2013.

Marsha was also an active member of the Mattapoisett Congregational Church and Smith Mills Christian Congregational Church in Dartmouth, where she taught Sunday school. She was a member of the Massachusetts Reading Association and was truly a lifelong learner. Marsha was a woman of grace who would talk calmly and carry a big heart. She never seemed to wear the same outfit twice and would always relish in a shopping bargain. The only thing sharper than her wardrobe was her wit. She knew how to hold your attention, even when words were not at her disposal.

Surviving in addition to her husband are four children, James W. Mitcheson and wife Laurie of W. Bridgewater, Ryan Mitcheson and wife Tori of Fort Mill, SC, Nicholas Mitcheson and wife Amy of Marion and Whitney Gaspar and Marc of Mattapoisett; eight grandchildren, Morgan, Lauren, James, Gavin, Broden and Phineas Mitcheson, and Drew and Carson Gaspar; a sister Darlene Wheeler of New Bedford; a brother William N. Marlow Jr of Palm Harbor, FL and nieces and nephews, Jennifer DaCosta and Gerald B. Wheeler III of Rochester, Marissa and Christian Marlow of Palm Harbor, FL.

The family would like to recognize the Community Nurse Home Care of Fairhaven for the exceptional hospice care Marsha received by Erin and Sandy. A special thanks to Marsha’s CNA’s, Camille, Grisselle, Isabel and Melissa who cared for her daily with love and compassion. The ability to trust those who are caring for your loved one is an invaluable gift and our family is eternally grateful.

Her Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 10am in the Mattapoisett Congregational Church, 27 Church St., Mattapoisett. Her visiting hours will be held on Wednesday from 4 to 7PM in the Waring-Sullivan Home at Fairlawn, 180 Washington St., Fairhaven. AT THE REQUEST OF THE FAMILY, PLEASE WEAR A MASK WHEN ATTENDING THE VISITATION AND CHURCH SERVICE. Her burial will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in her honor may be made to: Walk to End Alzheimer’s Team Mind Over Matter. https://tiny.one/MindOverMatter. To place an online tribute or for directions, please visit: www.waring-sullivan.com