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Mayor Mark Mitchell pays tribute to his mother

Post Date:05/29/2019 12:30 PM

Marianne Mitchell, mother of Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell and wife of former Congressman and Mayor Harry Mitchell, passed away late Tuesday after many years with Alzheimer’s disease. She was 78. 

A Tempe resident for 57 years, Marianne was born in Illinois and moved to Arizona when she was a child. She married Harry, her high school sweetheart, in 1962. They welcomed Mark and his sister, Amy, and cherished their five grandchildren. Marianne was a teacher for more than 35 years at Coronado, Mesa Community College, Tempe High School and Mountain Pointe.  

Mayor Mitchell offered this statement today:

“My mom meant more to me than I can explain and our family is incredibly saddened by our loss. She was inspiring as a mother and teaching professional who devoted herself fully to those roles. Beyond her family, she cared deeply about her students and making this community better. She was an incredible support to me and my dad as community leaders, but also not afraid to tell us when we could do better. She helped shape me into the person I am today.

My family’s journey through my mother’s diagnosis inspired me to seek out a dementia initiative for our community with a hope that we could help families living with this disease. We have proudly grown Dementia Friendly Tempe since 2015. Thanks to our partnership with Banner Health and Dementia Friendly America, Tempeans and visitors with dementia, along with their caregivers, can find supportive services here. More than ever, Tempe is now a community that is prepared to serve those with dementia with understanding and care.

My family and I will be comforted by the many messages of love for my mom that will be offered in the coming days. She meant so much to so many. We will announce arrangements soon.”

City of Tempe
Nikki Ripley

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