Grace W. Mitchell, whose nursing career spanned nearly 50 years, died July 3 after a long illness at the Keswick Home. She was 79.
Born in Chestertown, the former Grace Wright was educated in public schools. She graduated from Easton's Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1930.
She worked as a registered nurse until 1931, when she married James W. Mitchell. After her husband's death in 1942, Mrs. Mitchell worked as a nurse for McCormick & Co. In 1943, she moved to the McDonogh School in Owings Mills, where she was a nurse for 15 years.
She left to work as a nurse in cancer research at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda in 1957. She became a nursing supervisor with the Baltimore Cancer Research Center based at the Public Health Service Hospital -- now Wyman Park Medical Center -- in 1960.
The research center moved to University of Maryland Hospital in 1974, and Mrs. Mitchell worked there until she retired in 1978.
She lived in Roland Park from 1956 until she moved to Keswick in 1986.
She is survived by a daughter, Joanne M. Calder of Boynton Beach, Fla.; a son James W. Mitchell of Key Largo, Fla.; a sister, Catherine W. Mullikin of Baltimore; two brothers, W. Orville Wright of Baltimore and Morris E. Wright of Saugus, Calif.; and four grandchildren.
2& Private services were held July 9.