OBITUARY: Sharon K. Mitchell

Sharon K Mitchell, 74, of Newton, passed away on Feb. 6, 2020, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

Sharon was born July 4, 1945. Her parents were Richard and Hilda McKinnell. She grew up in a military family, with both Richard and her brother, Richard, serving in the armed forces. Both preceded her in death.

A 1964 graduate of East High School, Sharon moved to Newton shortly after graduating. She met Francis (Frank) Mitchell shortly after and the two were married on March 2, 1968. He survives of the home.

Frank and Sharon had three children: sons Roger, of Newton, and David, of Shawnee survive. A baby, Daniel, died in infancy.

Sharon worked for many years as a Dillon’s employee before retiring in the late 1990s to look after her grandchildren. This was Sharon’s true passion in life, and there was little, if anything, she enjoyed more than watching and supporting her grandchildren.

An avid reader, Sharon enjoyed just about any mystery or romance novel she could get on her beloved Amazon Kindle. She also religiously watched the University of Kansas men’s basketball team and enjoyed gardening around her home.

She is survived by Frank, her husband of 51 years, son Roger Mitchell and wife Amy, of Newton, son David and wife Amy, of Shawnee, and four grandchildren. Conner, of Lawrence, Lauren, of Newton, and Tyler and Zachary of Shawnee.

A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton.

Petersen Funeral Home in Newton is in charge of arrangements.

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