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L. Frances Mitchell

July 6, 1926 ~ July 24, 2020 (age 94)


MARBLEHEAD – L. Frances Mitchell, 94 of Marblehead, Massachusetts, died peacefully on Friday, July 24, 2020, at Alliance Health at Devereux, in Marblehead.

Born in Beverly, she was the daughter of the late Harry Sayen Mitchell and Maude Frances (Raymond) Mitchell.

She was educated in the Beverly Public Schools, then received an Associate’s Degree from Endicott College, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Salem State College, a Master of Education Degree from the University of New Hampshire, and obtained state certification as a Guidance Counselor.

She began her career in Marblehead where she produced and directed class musicals. She transferred to the then new Clark School in Swampscott where she trained student teachers, was a merit teacher and spent a year in England as a recipient of a Fulbright Grant. When she returned she did a study of England’s open system of education which was put into effect in the Swampscott Public Schools.

ARRANGEMENTS: All services are private. Assisting the family with the arrangements is O’Donnell Cremations – Funerals – Celebrations, 84 Washington Sq., (at Salem Common) Salem. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Frances’ memory to MSPCA-Angell, Attn: Donations, 350 South Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130 Sharing written remembrances and condolences, during this time will be essential in helping the family reminisce, celebrate and heal. We encourage you to share your memories by visiting her eternal tribute at

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