Shirley Ruth Mitchell
September 30, 1930 – November 3, 2019
Shirley Ruth Mitchell, a long time Colorado resident, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 3, 2019, at the age of 89 at the Live to Assist home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Shirley was born in Olean, New York on September 30, 1930 to Laurence A. and Amelia E. Carolyn (Boser) Hunter. Shirley was raised in Brookville, Pennsylvania and graduated from Brookville High School in 1948. She was employed at the Brookville courthouse as a secretary for the Extension Service of Jefferson County. Shirley relocated to Washington, D.C. to work as a secretary with the Federal Government, first at the Office of Congressman Paul W. Shafer followed by a position at the Office of Congressman A. E. Johansen. While in Washington, she met Staff Sargent Malarly “Chuck” Elvoid Mitchell and they were united in marriage on September 7, 1956. The Mitchell’s were stationed in both France and Germany and traveled throughout Europe during their time there. Upon their return to the USA, the family lived in several locations in Colorado0 (Aurora, Denver, Sterling). Mr. Mitchell passed away on Christmas Day in 1970. After moving to Fort Collins in 1979, Shirley worked at Colorado State University as an administrative assistant for thirteen years, retiring in 1992. Shirley was a thirty year member of the African Violet Society (AVS) of America, Rocky Mountain African Violet Council, and the American Gloxinia and Gesneriad Society, where she attained the status as a qualified AVS judge and traveled to various AVS shows throughout the United States. She was also active as a volunteer at the Fort Collins Family History Center for many years, assisting the public in locating genealogy records stored at the center. In addition, Shirley loved gardening, crafting, and her beloved dog Charlie.
Mrs. Mitchell is survived by her daughters LeeAnn Mitchell of Loveland, Colorado and Wendy Hunter-Tischner (Heinz Tischner) of Brandon, Florida. Shirley was preceded in death by her beloved husband Malarly in 1970, her brothers Lawrence A. Hunter, Jr. in 2010, Robert Carl Hunter in 1997, and George David Hunter in 2018. Mrs. Lawrence A. Hunter (Betty), Mrs. Robert C. Hunter (Janet) and Mrs. George D. Hunter (Kathy), all with extended family members, survive.
A Celebration of Shirley’s Life will be held on Tuesday, November 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Allnutt Drake Chapel, located at 650 W. Drake Road in Fort Collins. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Larimer County Humane Society.
- Larimer County Humane Society
- Celebration of Life Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Shirley Ruth Mitchell
November 6, 2019
Remembering Shirley, our very sweet neighbor. We still miss her in the neighborhood--also Lee Ann!-- and were sad to see her obituary today in the newspaper. Feeling sad with you, Lee Ann. I wish I could be there on Monday for the serivice. Would love to see you some time. Love, Wendi Seidel
Diana Van Voorst
November 5, 2019
I have known Shirley my entire life. In a lot of ways she was my second mother. She was always an understanding, kind and gentle person. I will deeply miss her.