September 17, 1914 ~ November 16, 2010
Catherine Eleanor (Gray) Mitchell
Born September 17, 1914, in Pasadena California, and died November 16, 2010 at age 96 in Hermosa Beach. Catherine grew up in a family of four girls: Dorothy, the oldest who died years ago, Flora, who still lives in Laguna Beach, and Evelyn, who lives in San Luis Obispo. She always said that her family told her that Dorothy had the brains and she had the looks. She was a beautiful young woman and a very elegant older woman right up to her death. She loved to wear beautiful clothes and was known to have worn black leather pants when she was 90! She married Robert James Mitchell, of the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1946 at the end of the Second World War, after corresponding with him for years. She and her sister Flora had earlier met him in Stanley Park in Vancouver when he was visiting his family and they were on vacation. He proposed and she accepted by telegram!
After a wedding in her parents backyard in Pasadena, they took the train to Vancouver and she started her life as an Air Force wife. They almost immediately had their first child, Suzie, and then were transferred to Prince Edward Island where their second child, Brian, was born. During their Air Force years they traveled and lived on many different Canadian Air Force bases. They were fortunate to have been stationed in Europe for four years during the 1960's, and she especially loved the opportunity to travel to Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, England, Scotland, the Netherlands and Holland. When her husband retired from the Air Force, she was able to return to California, where they bought a house in Irvine where she lived for the next 30 years. She loved Southern California, and never tired of the beauty and warm weather it had to offer, after so many snowy winters. All her life she was a devout Christian and was one of the first followers of Reverend Schuler of the Crystal Cathedral when he was preaching out of a converted drive-in movie theater. After her husband died, she had a long relationship with Jack Marscellas who urged her to move north to be closer to her daughter who lives in Mendocino and where he could be closer to his daughters in Oregon. They enjoyed many years together and Jack loved driving her to wherever she wanted to go. When he moved away to be with his family as his health failed, she longed to go back to the "city", and accomplished that at age 93! For the last years of her life she lived at Sunrise Assisted Living in Hermosa Beach, just down the road from Brian, her son.
She is survived by her son Brian and his wife Lynn and their daughter Madison, and her daughter, Suzie, and her partner, Kathy, and Sue's three children: Robin Plies(& her husband Dan, and their son, Gabriel ), Tyler Boddy and Dana Boddy. She had a chance to meet Gabriel, her first great-grandchild on Mother's day this year. Her grandchildren were very special to her and she loved them dearly, and was very generous to them as they were growing up. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews that she kept in touch with over the years, and enjoyed seeing when she could. She was the glue that held the family together and they will all miss her . They trust that she will be one of the angels that will continue to watch over her family. They give thanks for her long life
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