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Obituary for Mrs. Mary McKay Mitchell

October 14, 1927 - March 7, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 90


October 14, 1927 – March 7, 2018

Mary McKay Mitchell (Beth) died on March 7, 2018, at sunrise on a beautiful day, with family present. As someone who always loved being outdoors and nature's beauty, it was a day she would have relished. She will be best remembered by her family at the beginning of Spring on a warm day with the flowers just emerging, a tennis racquet in her hand, and a smile on her face.

Beth was born Mary Elizabeth McKay on October 14, 1927, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Earle Douglas McKay and Martha Moorhead, and spent her early childhood in Duluth. With the onset of the Great Depression, her family moved several times, and she went to live with friends and relatives at different times, often being separated from the rest of her family at an early age. She was loved by all, and one family, the Howiesons, wrote how much they had loved her and how, when they had their own little girl, they named her Mary Elizabeth.

Beth was reunited with her family when they settled first in Clearwater, Florida, and then in Wheeling, West Virginia, where her father took a job as a civil engineer with Wheeling Steel. Beth graduated from Triadelphia High School in Wheeling and went on to attend Wellesley College, where she graduated in 1949 with a degree in political science. After college, Beth lived with friends and classmates in the Back Bay area of Boston and worked up until her marriage to George W. Mitchell, Jr., M.D., the love of her life, who predeceased her in 2012.

Beth and George, as they were known to their dear friends, shared a love of travel, tennis, lively conversation, and a great martini. During their marriage, they traveled to the four corners of the world, enjoying every adventure together, whether they were riding camels in Egypt, walking on the Great Wall of China, photographing animals in the Transvaal, or sipping wine in Lisbon.

Beth and George moved to San Antonio, Texas, in 1981, and came to love their new home and the opportunity it gave them to entertain family and friends, who visited frequently and left refreshed from a rousing game of tennis, a relaxing swim, and then cocktails and conversation--outside whenever possible. Beth adjusted quickly to her new home, developing close friends while working as a real estate broker, through her avid tennis playing, and in connection with her dedicated work on behalf of her neighborhood and the homeowners association. At one point, Beth proudly reported that she knew everyone in her village. Up until the very end of her life, she continued to be involved with her neighbors and friends, happily attending neighborhood parties and book club meetings.

For Beth, family was always first, and she enjoyed every "gathering of the clan", as she would say. Beth and George were important and inspirational figures in the lives of their grandchildren, which is perhaps their greatest testament. Beth is survived by six children and fourteen grandchildren, and there will be a gathering of the clan in her honor. She will be deeply missed.

A private service for family will be held in Baltimore, MD.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be sent to National Public Radio.

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