Marlborough – Margarita L. “Rita” Mitchell died Saturday, June 21, 2014 after a long period of failing health.? She was the wife of the late Kenneth Mitchell who died in 2000.? They were married for 58 years.
She was born in Marlborough, the daughter of the late Dominico and Elizabetta (Fallovolita) Lepore, and lived there all of her life.
Mrs. Mitchell worked in the print and production room for the Raytheon Corp. in Marlborough for many years. She also worked part time as a waitress at different restaurants in the area, and because of her love of baking did all the baking for the former Keepers II restaurant in Marlborough.
Mrs. Mitchell, along with her husband, loved Halloween and had the busiest house in the neighborhood in most years. She enjoyed Bingo, going to the dog track and other forms of gambling, and spent many hours tending to the flowers in her garden.
She is survived by one daughter, Jayne Stokes and her husband Ron of Marlborough; two grandsons, Troy Gipps and his wife Monique and Stephen Gipps; two great-grandsons, Silas and Hollis Gipps; and one sister, Alice Kavanaugh of Southborough. She was predeceased by seven brothers, John, Paul, Michael, Fred, William, Henry and Bob, and two sisters, Mary Burdick and Deena Bourgeois.
Her funeral will be held Saturday, June 28, at 11 a.m., in the William R. Short and Son Funeral Home, 95 West Main St., Marlborough. Burial will be at a later date. An hour of visitation will be held Saturday morning, from 10-11 a.m., prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Rita's memory to St. Bernadette's Church, 266 Main St., Northborough, MA 01532
The family would like to thank the Marlborough Hills staff for their kindness and compassion during Rita's three-year stay.