RANDOLPH - Sally Jane Mitchell, 71, of Main Street, passed away at 3:10 a.m. Thursday (Feb. 20, 2014) at home with her family by her side while under the care of hospice.
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Born on Nov. 15, 1942, in Salamanca, she was a daughter of Myrtle Lounsbury Herman of Great Valley and the late Gilbert Herman.
Sally was a 1960 graduate of Ellicottville Central School. Mrs. Mitchell and her late husband, Jim, were owner-operators of Mitchell Surge in Randolph, serving dairy farms throughout Western New York for over 30 years.
In her earlier years, she had worked in Washington, D.C., for Pulse Communications, and for Randolph Central School as a teacher's aide at Gail N. Chapman Elementary. Following her retirement, she worked at the Salamanca McDonald's.
She was a member of the Randolph United Presbyterian Church, Randolph Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 2273; and was a former member of the Ellicottville Presbyterian Church and the former Randolph Grange.
Sally enjoyed crafts, painting, woodcarving, card making and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was also eagerly anticipating the arrival of her first great-granddaughter.
She is survived by her mother, Myrtle; a sister, Gail Ferren and her husband, Doug, of Inverness, Fla.; a son, Phillip "P.J." Mitchell and his wife, Tracey, of Randolph; two daughters, Kelly Mitchell of Randolph and Kimberly "Kimmer" Mruk and her husband, John, of Wake Forest, N.C.; seven grandsons, Michael Lundsten and his wife, Alyssa, Matthew Lundsten, Jacob Long, Austin and Alex Mitchell, and Nicholas and Joshua Mruk; six foster children, Kevin Willard, Mark Hulburt, Mike Hulburt, Debbie Snyder, Eva Phillips-McCall, and Mark Phillips.
She was preceded in death by her father and her husband, James "Jim" C. Mitchell, whom she married May 6, 1961, in the Ellicottville Presbyterian Church, and preceded her Dec. 16, 2012.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the VanRensselaer and Son Funeral Home, 14 Church St., Randolph. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday (Feb. 24, 2014) in the Randolph United Presbyterian Church, where the family will also receive friends one hour prior. The Rev. Leslie Latham will officiate.
Memorials may be sent to the Randolph Weeden Road Park, Randolph United Presbyterian Church or to a
. To leave a condolence, log onto www.vanrensselaerandsonfuneralhome.com.
Van Rensselaer & Son Funeral Home
14 Church St
Randolph, NY 14772
Published in The Olean Times Herald on Feb. 21, 2014