Barbara J. Mitchell, 74, of Franklin Hill, PA passed away, Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Forest City Nursing and Rehab Center, Forest City, PA. Born May 24, 1940 in Clinton, IL, she was the daughter of the late Merle and Dorothy C. [McBride] Edmiston.
Barbara attended Hay-Edwards grade school and Springfield High School in Springfield, IL, and Monticello Preparatory School & College, Godfrey, IL and graduated in 1958. She attended the University of Maine, the Douglass College of Rutgers University and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in history from RU in May of 1982.
On May 17, 1978, she married her best friend and soulmate, David W. Mitchell. The inseparable couple loved their home on Franklin Hill that they have called home for over 20 years. She enjoyed nature, wildlife, flowers and animals. She and her husband were avid basketball fans, attending many Binghamton University basketball events. She was a beautiful soul, an amazing woman, who was intelligent, compassionate, kind, and a devoted wife with unwavering strength.
Throughout her life, she wrote and published two books, O’ Fairest Monticello, a book about Monticello Preparatory School and being a student there and How to Cope with Headaches, a book of compilations of weekly articles from online magazines. She was an editor for Business Digest in Waterbury, CT, a reporter with newspapers in Cheshire, CT and Montrose, PA, a columnist with The Northwest Herald, Crystal Lake, IL and wrote numerous magazine articles and several op-ed pieces for various newspapers. Barbara even had her own blog called Views from the Country, freedomacres/blogspot.com where she wrote many book reviews on the books she read.
In 2006, Barbara retired from Southern Tier Imaging in Johnson City, NY as a medical transcriptionist. Graveside Services: Monday, April, 27, 2015 at 10AM at Franklin Hill Cemetery, 400 Franklin Hill Road, Hallstead, PA, 18822 with Rev. H. Chase Page officiating. Services are being entrusted to the Bartron-Myer Funeral Home, Inc., Montrose, PA.