Mary Jane "Jean" Mitten (1930 - 2016)

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Mary Jane (Jean) Mitten age 85 died June 6, 2016 peacefully at Wildflower Court, in Juneau, Alaska. Jean was born in Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland November 19, 1930 to Herbert and Margaret (Maggie) McConville.

Jean and her husband Patrick (Paddy) Mitten immigrated as Irish citizens first to Toronto, Canada in 1959 then to Juneau, Alaska in 1963 where she remained until her passing.

Jean was a member of the Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS) where she travelled extensively all over the world for the United Kingdom's Royal Navy. Jean also worked for many years at both the J-D Telephone Company and Alaska Electric Light & Power in Juneau. Her positions as both a J-D Telephone and an AEL&P representative suited her social and joyful nature. People meeting her family would often say----"Your mom is Jean Mitten, she's the AEL&P lady!" Jean often said that if you were in customer relations, you learned to say something nice to people or needed to be in another line of work. Jean maintained her proper Irish sensibility, but shared all her special qualities with family and friends. She loved travelling abroad, a traditional high tea, reading romance novels, as well as a party with music, laughter and dancing. One of her favorite days of the year was Boxing Day, where friends and family would join her in celebrating the day after Christmas.

Jean was preceded in death by her husband Patrick (Paddy) Mitten of Dublin, Ireland. Parents Herbert and Margaret (Maggie) McConville, Newry, N. Ireland. Brothers David (Skiddley), Ivan and James McConville all of Newry, N. Ireland.

Jean is survived by her sister Elizabeth (Hugh) McAlister, of Cookstown, N. Ireland, sister-in-law's Margaret McConville, of Newry, N. Ireland, Catherine (Kitty) Durrad of Dublin, Ireland, Phyllis Lynch of Dublin, Ireland, daughters Margaret (Garney) Henley of Edmonton, Canada, Susan Mitten (Gordon Johnson) of Juneau, Alaska; Elisabeth (Lisa) Mitten (Lance Windous) of Denver, Colorado, son Shane Mitten of Juneau, Alaska, grandchildren Shawna Lynass, Robin Henley, Darby Windous, Cian Windous and great grandchildren Genevieve and Adrienne Lynass. She also leaves numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins all over Ireland, England, Scotland and Canada.

A service will be held on Friday, June 17th, 2016 at the Douglas Methodist Church at 3:00 p.m. with a reception following at 3170 Nowell Avenue in Juneau, Alaska.
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Douglas Methodist Church
1106 3rd St
Douglas, AK 99824
(907) 364-2408
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Published in The Juneau Empire from June 15 to July 15, 2016