V. Marion Mitchell, 88, longtime teacher

August 04, 2006

V. Marion Mitchell, a retired Baltimore public schools kindergarten teacher, died of a stroke July 28 at Franklin Square Hospital Center. The former Loch Raven Village resident was 88.

Born Virginia Marion Foley in Lynn, Mass., she was partly blind and grew up with her deaf parents. She attended what is now Perkins School for the Blind in Boston and received a teaching certificate from Lesley College in Cambridge, Mass.

She began teaching at St. Regis School in New Bedford, Mass. Because she had experience in sign language, she was recruited to teach at Maryland School for the Blind. She taught at the school in Baltimore from 1942 to 1961 and, while on its faculty, met and later married a fellow teacher, Lloyd Warner Mitchell.

In 1961, she began teaching partly sighted children of varying ages at Guilford, Hampden, Waverly, Hamilton and South Baltimore elementary schools. She also completed a bachelor's degree in special education at the John Hopkins University.

Mrs. Mitchell retired in 1978 but continued to teach as a volunteer, mostly at Maryland School for the Blind.

In her free time, she knitted monogrammed afghans, bedspreads and sweaters for her family and friends.

At Oak Crest Village, where she had lived for 11 years, Mrs. Mitchell joined the knitting group and made hundreds of caps for newborns at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

A funeral Mass was offered Tuesday at Oak Crest.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years; a son, Laurence S. Mitchell of Bel Air; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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