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March 12, 1993 - March 4, 2013  
Of Kensington, MD passed away on March 4, 2013 as a result of complications related to liver disease. Colleen was the loving daughter of Kate Mitchel of Kensington and Ralph Mitchel of Silver Spring; sister of James Mitchel; granddaughter of Elizabeth Farrell of Washington, D.C., Ralph Mitchel of Gaithersburg, MD and Kay Mitchel of Naples, FL.
Colleen was born in Washington, D.C. She was a graduate of Grace Episcopal Day School and Walter Johnson High School. She was a sophomore at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, majoring in Psychology. She planned to continue her studies to become an occupational therapist working with children with physical and intellectual limitations. In Ann Arbor, she was involved in the Best Buddies program and found great joy volunteering at a nursery school working with autistic children.
She was an inspiration to all who knew her as she courageously handled recurrent health issues due to chronic liver disease, including her diagnosis of biliary atresia at 4 months, a liver transplant at 7 months, Burkitts Lymphoma at 22 months, and multiple hospitalizations and procedures over the past 3 years to extend the function of her liver. Colleen was awaiting another liver transplant when she passed away due to complications from liver disease. A memorial service will be held on Monday, March 18, 2013 at 1 p.m., at Christ Church, 4001 Franklin Street, Kensington, MD 20895. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Colleen's memory to the Pediatric Liver Center at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, or by mail to: Office of Development, Johns Hopkins Children's Center, One Charles Center, 100 N. Charles St., Suite 200, Baltimore, MD 21201.

Published in The Washington Post on Mar. 12, 2013
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