Kathleen T. (O’Donnell) Mitchell, age 74

of Braintree

Kathleen T. (O’Donnell) Mitchell, age 74

Kathleen T. (O’Donnell) Mitchell, age 74, of Braintree, formerly of Quincy, died suddenly, Monday, January 25, 2021, at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth.

Born in Boston, she was raised and educated in North Quincy. A graduate of North Quincy High School, Class of 1964, and earned her Bachelor’s degree from Bridgewater State College, Class of 1968. She later earned a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Lesley University.

She lived in Braintree for twenty-one years and previously in Quincy for many years. She and Bob had been long-time members of the Neighborhood Club of Quincy.

Kathy was proud to be an educator. While still in college in the 1960s she was the Director of the Happy Acres Day Camp for children with special needs, the first of its kind in the country. She went on to work for the Quincy Public Schools for over thirty years and was the longtime Director of Library/Media Services. Upon her retirement, she continued working as a substitute teacher. At the time of her death, Kathy was serving as President of the Quincy Retired Teachers Association and was a member of their scholarship committee. She had also served as Chair of the Quincy Park and Recreation Board in the 1970s.

Kathy was the beloved wife for fifty-two years of her husband Bob; the devoted mother of Rob Mitchell and his wife Ashley of Austin, Texas, and Kerry Mitchell Mills and her husband Chris of Easton; the loving grandmother of Bobby and Jimmy Mitchell, Jack, Katie, and Jenna Mills; the dear sister of William H. O’Donnell, Jr. of Winston-Salem, N.C., Michael P. O’Donnell of Braintree, and Paul J. O’Donnell, Chicago F.D., Ret. of Chicago, Ill.; and the cherished daughter of the late Edith K. (Johnson) and William H. O’Donnell, Q.P.D., Ret. She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

Visiting Hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Thursday, January 28, from 4-6 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy, on Friday, January 29, at 10 a.m. Due to current events, occupancy at the church is limited. Interment to follow at Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Services are operating in accordance with current guidelines.

The family encourages donations in Kathy’s memory be made to the Quincy Retired Teachers Association Scholarship Fund, Office of the Superintendent of Schools, 34 Coddington Street, Quincy, MA 02169.

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  • To Bob and your family,
    Mike and I can’t imagine the loss you feel. We are so sorry that she is gone. You had so many good times together. I hope those memories help to sustain you.

    Our thoughts are with you.

  • My deepest sympathy to you Bob and your family on Kathy’s passing. She was a wonderful person.
    With Sympathy,
    Roberta Leary

  • Bill and I are sorry for your loss. Gone to soon –but her love lives on through those who loved her. The Neighborhood Club of Quincy was lucky to have her as a member. Her bowling skills were outstanding . She gave of her time freely to the club, Kathleen will be missed.
    Bill and Barbara Fitzgerald

  • Bob, Mike and family, Kathy was such a beautiful, loving, vibrant person, a friend to all. The shocking news of her passing has left a whole in our hearts. Remember and cherish all your wonderful memories, and we are sure she is looking down on us every single day guiding us. Our heartfelt sympathy to you and your beautiful family. So sorry for your loss. Debbie and Mike Russo

  • I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your wife Bob. I have followed your many adventures on Social Media and I know you will have a lifetime of exceptional memories. May she rest in peace .Sending love and prayers.

  • Dear Bob, Kerry, Rob and families: I was so sorry to hear about Kathy. I look back to the years when we were next door neighbors and it seems so long ago. Those memories will always be with me. My family will be keeping you all in our prayers. Love to all of you, Sally

  • Please accept my sincerest sympathy. I was Rob and Kerry’s teacher at Merrymount School and shared many Quincy Public School memories with Kathy. Quincy Retired Teacher’s Association will surely miss her never ending commitment. Thinking of you all in caring and friendship, Barbara Arnold

  • Anita and I are sorry for your loss. Kathy was a wonderful person.

  • Our heartfelt sympathy to the Mitchell Family. May they be carried by love, prayer and support that is surrounding them during this time.

  • My daughter is a 6th grader at Point Webster Middle School and enjoyed seeing Mrs. Mitchell every day at school. She really found a connection with her, and was really, really sad to hear the news that she had passed. She misses her. I wanted her family to know that, even as a substitute teacher, she was still having an impact on her students at Point Webster, and we are so grateful. We are sending our condolences and thoughts.

  • We send our deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers for Chris, Kerry and all the extended family. May she rest happily and eternally with God.

  • To Kathy’s beloved family…
    Y0u have lost someone who touched with grace the lives of so many and who will be
    deeply missed.
    “The book of life has many pages and death is not the last.” (Gabriel Andreas)
    Sending caring thoughts and prayers,
    Patricia Lynch

  • Steve and I are just heartbroken over Kathy’s passing. She was a true friend, a fun bowling partner (!), a caring and effective teacher and an excellent human being. We will all miss her very much.
    Rest in Peace, Kathy.

  • Kathy was a precious lady and I enjoyed my time on staff with her at Sterling Middle School. She was always so encouraging and ready to help however she could. Prayers did her family and everyone who loved her!
    Shirley Chupp

  • I have so many memories of Kathy from grade school on. My heart goes out to Bob and her family

  • To the Mitchell and O’Donnell families,
    I am so sorry for your devastating loss. I have so many wonderful memories of your mom, Kerry and Robbie. She always treated me with with such kindness and love and I will never forget the positive influence she had on me all those years ago! Thinking of you all and sending you strength.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Susan (McCole) Kohler and family

  • Please accept my deepest sympathies. Kathy was a great friend to me as she became my substitute when my mother was ill and I took extended time off. She brightened up my day every time I saw her at Point Webster. I also remember her lovely children from my time at the Merrymount School. She loved to talk about them and their accomplishments. I am so very sorry for your loss. June Joyce

  • Love to the Mitchell and O’Donnell family from cousin Harry with my deepest sympathy. . Wonderful loving memories from my early years of the beautiful Mitchell and O’Donnell family. God bless Cousin Kathleen.

  • So sorry to hear the passing of Kathy I got a chance to work with her at Point Webster she was such a kind lady in always love to talk about her grandchildren at lunch I will always remember her as a kind lady very sad to hear the passing of her