Times Argus VT
Shirley V. Mitchell, 86, died Friday, Oct. 17, 2008, at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin.
Born on Nov. 20, 1921, in Claremont, N.H., she was the daughter of Ernest and Abbie E. (Persons) Richotte. She attended schools in Shrewsbury, Mass.On May 28, 1938, she married Elmer "Al" August Carlson. They lived in Shrewsbury and Worcester, Mass. They were later divorced. In 1956, she married Donald Mitchell and they made their home in Shrewsbury. They were later divorced.
In earlier years, she was a seamstress and later worked for the Lawrence Candle Company in Northboro, Mass. For 27 years until her retirement, she worked in assembly for the Electro Fiber Optics Company of Marlborough, Mass.
Shirley was a volunteer at the Central Vermont Medical Center's Bene-Fit Shop in Barre. She enjoyed both vegetable and flower gardening and in earlier years, family camping, fishing, sewing and square dancing.
Survivors include her daughters, Gail Kissell and her husband, Gerald of Sandwich, Mass., and Linda Gaffney and her companion, Frank Roya of Williamstown; her son, Richard Carlson and his companion, Estelle Hebert of Berlin; four grandchildren, Steven, Tracy, Chad, and Laura; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Jeanne Oliver of Rocky Hill, Conn., and Virginia Stats of Edwards, N.Y.; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her former husbands, Al Carlson and Donald Mitchell; a grandson, David Kissell; two brothers, Wilfred Richotte and Raymond Richotte; and a sister, Arlene Oliver.
Funeral service Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, in the East Calais Union Church. Interment in the Fair View Cemetery in East Calais.
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