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Ann Mitchell Obituary
Ann died at the age of 92 on June 13, 2010 at her home. She was born May 1, 1918 in St. Paul, MN to Russian immigrants, Solomon and Runya Levich. She attended the University of Minnesota where she studied library science. After her marriage to Jack Mitchell on September 2, 1939, they moved to California and eventually settled in the South Bay in 1942. They first lived on the Strand in Redondo Beach and in 1948 moved to Hermosa Beach. In 1959, they built a home in Rolling Hills Estates. Ann was at first a stay-at-home mom. She enjoyed a circle of friends in the beach cities, and for a year in the late 1940s, wrote a column for the Daily Breeze called "Beach Patter". It centered on the activities of local lifeguards and their friends. In the mid-1950s, Ann worked as a library assistant at the Manhattan Beach Branch of the LA County Library, where, among other duties, she conducted the weekly story hour. After earning a bachelor's degree in sociology at Cal State Long Beach and her master's degree in Library Science at UCLA in 1965, she was hired as a librarian at UCLA. She worked first at the University Research Library and starting in 1971 served as head of public services at the Law Library, where she worked for the rest of her career. After retiring, she worked as a reference librarian at the Redondo Beach Public Library for a time. Ann was an active Democrat. She was a charter member of the Manhattan-Hermosa Democratic Club. She worked in many local, statewide, and national Democratic campaigns. She served as a member of the Democratic State Central Committee, was a delegate to the Democratic State Convention in 1960 and attended the National Convention in Los Angeles in 1960. During the 1990s, she was active in the Palos Verdes Peninsula Democratic Club. She was one of the founding members of Pacific Unitarian Church. She was an avid gardener who loved California native plants. She supported many environmental, social and political causes. Ann loved traveling, reading and listening to classical music and jazz. She was a great fan of Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars. She was a doting grandmother. Ann is survived by her two sons, Larry Mitchell (Margot Gegg) of Chico and Andy Mitchell (Liz Moore) of Vista; her sister, Lucille Zmudzinski of Long Beach; and her two grandchildren, Jevon Gegg-Mitchell of Chico and Bryna Gegg-Mitchell of Arcata. She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. A remembrance event for Ann will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, October 3, 2010 at Pacific Unitarian Church in Rancho Palos Verdes. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Sept. 19, 2010
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