Christine Mitchell

Christine Mitchell

Christine Mitchell

Christine G. Mitchell, 77, spouse of Reverend James B. (Brad) Mitchell, died on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at her home in Brunswick ME. She was born Feb. 5, 1940, the daughter of Paul P. and Elinor (Jackson) Johnson.

She graduated from Stoughton High School in 1957, then completed a two-year course in retailing from Modern School of Fashion and Design. She earned a B.A. degree from Northeastern University in 1964, then entered St. Lawrence Theological School, completing a master’s degree in religious education at Crane Theology School of Tufts University in 1966.

Christine and Brad were married Sept. 9, 1966.

She worked in retail at R. H. Stearns Department Store in Boston, and for the Department of Health, Education and Welfare in Washington, D.C. She was a librarian, first at Wessell Library of Tufts University, and later in Lisbon Falls, Maine, where she remained for 19 years. She also worked as a homemaker and ran her own child care business.

She was a lifelong member of Universalist churches, and most recently of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick. She sang in church choirs, taught religious education classes, and served on an Earth Care committee of the church. She also belonged to food cooperatives, a Brunswick book club, a memoir-writing group. She was a voracious reader.

A mother of two, she enjoyed parenting, being a grandparent, nature, gardening, and writing her memoirs.

Surviving her is her husband of 51 years, the Rev. James B. Mitchell, Minister Emeritus of the U. U. Church of Brunswick; a daughter, Rebecca Mitchell, and partner Luke Gottlieb, of Richmond, Calif.; a son, Ian Mitchell, of Brunswick; a grandson, Sebastian Mitchell, of Richmond, Calif.; three sisters, Priscilla Noyes, of Trenton, Maine; Virginia Miller, of Santa Fe, N.M.; and Linda Weaver, of Fort Collins, Colo.; two brothers, Paul P. Johnson, of Monmouth; and David M. Johnson, of Cape Cod, Mass.; and several nieces and nephews.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick at a later date.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at:

Memorial donations may be made to the church at 1 Middle St., Brunswick, ME 04011.

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