OLD TOWN - Pauline B. Mitchell, 55, of Indian Island and The Penobscot Nation passed away on Aug. 25, 2014 at a Bangor Hospital, with her loving family by her side. Born on Dec 2, 1958 the daughter of the late Charlie and Nora (Russell) Benally of The Navajo Nation in Winslow, AZ. Pauline was employed at The University of Maine at Orono for 22 years as the assistant librarian of the University Library. Pauline loved to sew and made many items for her seven grandchildren, many quilts and beautiful Native American jewelry. Pauline's true loves were her three daughters, her husband,her grandchildren to whom she was known as "MIMI" and her entire family.Pauline was an incredible friend, mother, wife and grandmother.
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Pauline is survived by her husband Burnell Mitchell of Indian Island to whom she was a devoted wife and happily married for 36 wonderful years. Three daughters Marissa Mitchell of Indian Island, Na'Ya Mitchell and fiancée Saul Love of Indian Island, Esther (Mitchell) Sappier and husband Erik Sappier of Indian Island. Seven grandchildren Jayden, Devon, Caitlyn, Nora, Aven, Benally and Benasoh and one grandchild on the way. She was also survived by her brothers and sisters, Jeanette Garcia of Colorado, Max Benally of Dilkon AZ, Allison Benally of Leupp, AZ and Lorraine Benally of Leupp,AZ along with many nieces and nephews. Pauline was predeased by her parents Charlie Benally and Nora (Russell) Benally of the Navajo Nation, brothers and sisters, Lisa Hensen, John Benally, Alice Singer, Bennie Benally, Tommy Benally, and Thomas Benally. Arrangement have been made through Birmingham Funeral Home for a celebration of life with visitation services on Thursday Aug. 28, 2014 from 6-8pm at Birmingham Funeral Home, Old Town, ME with a funeral service to follow on Aug 29, 2014 at 11am at Birmingham Funeral Home. Friends and family may call (207) 827-6369 for more information. Flowers may be sent to Birmingham Funeral Home, 438 Main St, Old Town, ME 04468.
Published in BDN Maine on Aug. 26, 2014