November 8, 1923 - March 19, 2016
Concord, Massachusetts | Age 92
Emily Mudd Mitchell Beloved mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend, Emily Mudd Mitchell of Concord died peacefully on March 19th, 2016. A stroke in February 2013, which left her able to understand but unable to put her thoughts into speech or writing, was a frustration, yet didn't dampen her warm, outgoing, and generous nature, or capacity to cultivate friendships.
Born November 8th, 1923, in NY, NY, and grew up in Haverford, PA, with her parents, Emily and Stuart Mudd, younger brothers, Harvey and John, and sister, Margaret.
She used life's challenges as opportunities to reinvent herself personally and professionally. She attended Wellesley College, Columbia-Presbyterian School of Nursing, the University of Chicago, and the Boston Family Institute, and became a respected family therapist. She worked in community mental health and her private practice until the day before her stroke at age 89. She taught family therapy at Antioch-New England, the Kantor Institute, and Cambridge College. As President of the Massachusetts Association of Marriage and Family Therapists she led the legislative drive to win state licensure and vendorship. To honor her efforts she was granted LMFT #1 and for her work with the Domestic Violence Services Network in Concord, the title Director Emeritus.
Being a mother and grandmother was her most cherished role. She raised four children in a blended family making each child feel important, loved, and respected. She adored her seven grandchildren and her three great grandchildren, and they adored her back. She built a second home in Little Deer Isle, Maine, loving —the community, the beauty, and the chances to be on the water and outdoors, playing tennis, golf, and a smart hand of bridge. Her spiritual life was enriched by leadership roles at the Northfield Conference, and the Trinitarian Congregational Church in Concord, MA.
She is survived by her children, Ted and Bev Chapman, Beth and David London, Lynn Chapman and Randolph Cerf, and Nora Mitchell and Emily Skoler; by her brother, John and Lucia Mudd, and sister-in-law, Marion Mudd; by her grandchildren, Elise London and Mike Smith, Megan Chapman and Andrew Maki, Hannah and Andrew Christiansen, Whitney and Bryan Matheson, Will Cerf, Matthew Cerf, and Fiona Cerf; by her great grandchildren, Phoebe Smith, Boeden Christiansen, and Ella Christiansen; by nieces and nephews; and by dear friends. Her siblings Margaret C. and S. Harvey Mudd and her long-time partner Louis DeLone died before her. The family is grateful to her friends and the staff at Newbury Court and Rivercrest for their loving care of the last decade.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 12th, at 4:00 pm, at First Parish-Unitarian Church, 20 Lexington Road, Concord.
In place of flowers, please make donations to Domestic Violence Services Network, Inc. (DVSN), PO Box 536, Concord, MA 01742, or online at www.dvsn.org.