Merkley-Mitchell Mortuary

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Mrs. Mary Maud Sadler

Passed away on July 22, 2019

Mary Maud Mitchell Sadler, age 100, died peacefully Monday morning, July 22, 2019 at her home in Point Loma surrounded by family. She was the wife of the Rev. Canon C. Boone Sadler, Jr. who preceded her in death; the daughter of George R. and Clara Mitchell, and the niece of famed San Diego Plein-Aire painter Alfred R. Mitchell. She was born in St. Joseph’s hospital in San Diego, April 30, 1919, a third generation San Diegan since her grandparents, on both sides, came to San Diego at the turn of the 20th century. Her father’s parents attended St. Paul’s Church, and her father sang in the boys’ choir in the early 1900’s. Educated in public schools in California until she was ten, Mrs. Sadler transferred to the New Jersey system when her family moved to Princeton, New Jersey in September 1929. The following year they moved to Philadelphia where she finished junior and senior high school. She graduated from Oak Lane Country Day School in June, 1937 and returned to California to attend Stanford University. While at Stanford she made her home base in San Diego with her artist uncle, Alfred R. Mitchell.

September 4, 1942 she married the Rev. C. Boone Sadler, Jr. and spent the rest of her life supporting his ministry. In addition to teaching church school, and doing youth work, she took charge of parish libraries and enjoyed hospitality and entertaining. They lived for eleven years in La Mesa. Fr. Sadler began his work there with two missions, St. John’s Bostonia, and St. Andrews. In 1953 the Sadlers moved to La Crescenta where Fr. Sadler became Rector of St. Luke’s of the Mountains. After 42 years of active ministry, they returned to San Diego to enjoy retirement on Point Loma. They were married for 64 years.

Also preceding her in death were her sons, Thomas Aidan Sadler (Chats) and Timothy Mitchell Sadler, (Aura Marleni) and her sister Josephine Mitchell Dearborn. She is survived by her three daughters, Rachel Anne Mueller (Richard) of Carmel, California; Genevieve James of Westminster, Colorado; and Betsy Northam (Jack) of San Diego.

A Requiem Eucharist in thanksgiving for the life of Mary Maud will be held Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at All Souls’ Episcopal Church, 1475 Catalina Boulevard, San Diego. Memorial gifts can be made to All Souls’ Memorial Fund, or LUV, c/o Kathryn Bunch, LUV Treasurer, 328 Maple Street, San Diego, CA 92103.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 3, 2019


Mrs. Mary Maud Sadler

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Drew Wales

July 26, 2019

What a wonderful and special Lady of God. I will always remember having to be quiet around their house in the afternoons because "Mary Maude had a weak heart" and needed her nap. Seems she had a great heart!
She was much loved . May she dance with the angels and Boone.
Our love and blessings to the whole family. Drew+

Delight Lucas

July 26, 2019

I'm sorry to hear about Mary Maud's passing. She lived a long and fruitful life on earth and I wish her godspeed to her next chapter.

I have always been impressed with how successfully she blended the many aspects of her life. She was the perfect dutiful and obedient minister's wife without ever letting go of her no-nonsense and don't-mess-with-me side.

She was a great woman.