Elizabeth “Betty” Wilson Mitchem, age 86 of Pennsville, died Friday, March 9, 2018 in Southgate Health Care in Carneys Point.
Betty was born in Salem, August 27, 1931, to the late Edward C. Wilson and Edith Williams Cole.
She graduated from Salem High School in 1949. She was employed at the Acme in Salem and the Food Fair in Bridgeton. She retired from the Chemical Workers Association in 1992 with thirty years of service.
She was a member of the Queen of the Apostles Catholic Church in Pennsville, the Pennsville Historical Society, the Pennsville V.F.W #1952 Ladies Auxiliary, the Salem County Historical Society, the Pennsville Library, and the Genealogical Society of Salem County.
She enjoyed tracing her family’s history, collecting thimbles, reading, knitting, and making beaded Native American pictures. She was proud of her Native American heritage.
Betty is survived by her sister, Alma Cole Pesiri (& Michael) of Vineland; her brother, Edward Cole (& Sandra) of Pennsville; her brother, Harmer B. Cole, Jr., (& Diane) of Pennsville; her nephews, Bill and Elizabeth Lewis of Pennsville, Benjamin and Rosemary Mahala of Pennsville, and James Davis of Delaware; her nieces, Kathleen and Mark Eller of Woodstown, Sharon and David Hanson of North Carolina, Jamie Cole of Carneys Point, Jody and Dwayne Seeney of Mannington, and Erin and Kenneth Reed of Pennsylvania; and her very special friends, Ruth Marshall of Pennsville and Carol Simpkins of Woodstown. She is also survived by her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Roger and Charlotte Mitchem, Douglas and Patricia Mitchem, Howard and Mary Mitchem, Carolyn Farmer, and Sandra Mitchem, all of Virginia. She was predeceased by her husband of 43 years, Roy O. Mitchem, in 2003; her sisters, Margaret G. Mahala in 2000; Barbara Wilson Davis in 1985; and her very special friends, Walter Simpkins and Sam Marshall.
Funeral services will be held at 11 AM on Friday, March 16th in the H.T. Layton Funeral Home, 102 S. Main St., Woodstown, where friends are invited to visit from 10 to 11 AM. Burial will follow the funeral service in Salem Baptist Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Please visit www.htlayton.com to leave a note of condolence to Betty’s family. Arrangements are by the H.T. Layton Funeral Home & Cremation Service.