Barbara M.'s Story
Barbara May Mitchell, 71, of Gloucester, Mass., passed away on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at Beverly Hospital. She passed away surrounded by many devoted family members and friends, very peacefully, with a special thanks to her granddaughter, Billi-Jo ”Jo Jo” Todd, who provided her exceptional comfort and care while supporting family and friends with endless emotional support.
Barbara Mitchell was born on May 15, 1945, to the late Earl and Letitia (Porter) Stephens of Gloucester. She had a loving brother, William “Butch” Stephens and his wife, Judy Stephens of Gloucester and was predeceased by her sister, and husband, Dolly and Doug Davis.
Barbara is survived by a loving, devoted husband of 44 years, Gilbert Mitchell of Gloucester. Together they built a wonderful life with five children, Bonnie Todd, Brenda Todd wife of Michael F. Todd Sr., Dawnmarie Smith, Gilbert Mitchell and his companion, Wilmarie Torres, all of Gloucester, and Martin Santos Jr. of Seabrook, N.H. She is also survived by 18 grandchildren, the oldest Rosemarie Sadathia of Holyoke, Mass., who Barbara helped raise as if she were her own; 16 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews that cherished and loved her deeply.
Barbara enjoyed her days spending time with family and friends going shopping, visiting places like the Salem Willows, traveling and camping. If she wasn’t busy enjoying her mani-pedi or listening to her Elvis favorites, you could always expect her to be by the ocean enjoying herself to the fullest. Her spirit would truly shine when she frequently visited a favorite spot of hers, the boulevard, along the oceanfront in Gloucester. Those who wanted to see her would know that spot at her picnic table on the boulevard would be happily graced with her presence.
Barbara Mitchell’s charm, wittiness, sense of humor and of course her love, will always be remembered and deeply missed by so many.
Upon her request, there will be no memorial services. In lieu of her memory, donations can be made to the Lung Cancer Foundation of America by visiting www.lcfa.org.
“Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us everyday.”
Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester.
For online condolences, please visit www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  July 6, 2016