Marjorie Louise Few Mitchell, 88, passed away from dementia of the Alzheimer type in Columbia, SC on September 2, 2018. She lived a full life and found happiness in everything she did. She was born on January 16, 1930, in Waycross, Georgia as the only child of Sara Rees and William Rogers Few. In 1945 she graduated as the class valedictorian from Glynn Academy in Brunswick, Georgia and then attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee where she graduated in 1949 at the age of 19. She married Thomas Edgar Mitchell, a PhD graduate student, who had been her chemistry lab instructor. Tom’s career with DuPont took them in Tennessee from Nashville to Chattanooga, then to Kinston, North Carolina and finally to Kennett Square, Pennsylvania where they resided while Tom worked at the corporate headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware. They retired to Saint Simons Island, Georgia in 1979. Marge and Tom enjoyed tennis, golf, bridge, fishing, travelling and their summers spent at the cabin they built on Caribou Pond in Maine.
Marge was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and in her genealogical searches found her descendancy from her 8th great grandfather, George Soule, who came to America on the Mayflower. Through her father’s family, her 4th great uncle, William Few, was a signer from Georgia of the Constitution.
When Tom died, Marge continued to spend her summers at the cabin in Maine. She was an independent woman who was comfortable canoeing across the lake to fish or pick berries and would drive 50 miles to Bangor to play bridge. She loved to golf, read, watch birds, hike and volunteer at Baxter State Park, where she summited Mt Katahdin five times.
Marge was active in the Episcopal Church, having been a member of Christ Church Frederica, Saint Simons Island, Georgia for 35 years and was also a member of Saint Thomas’ Episcopal in Winn, Maine.
Marge was predeceased by her husband, Thomas Edgar Mitchell in 1995. She is survived by her five sons, Glenn Allen Mitchell (Kevin) of Columbia, SC, George Rogers Mitchell (BJ) of Birmingham, AL, Mark Campbell Mitchell (Betsy) of Croton-on-Hudson, NY, Steven Rees Mitchell (Jessica) of Brentwood, TN, and Carter Lee Mitchell of Bentonville, AR. She had 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will be conducted at 3:30 pm on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at Christ Church Frederica, Saint Simons Island, Georgia. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the charity of your choice.
Thomas Edgar Mitchell
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