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Melissa Sue Mitchell

December 20, 1969 ~ November 9, 2020 (age 50)


MITCHELL, Melissa Sue- Of Lynnfield, formerly of Beachmont, November 9th at 50 years of age. Born in and raised in Revere, Mel was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1987. After high school, she matriculated to the New England School of Photography were she graduated with a degree in Photo Journalism in 1992. Devoted long time partner of Gary M. Henry. Beloved daughter of Nancy Mitchell and her partner John Tata of Chelsea and the late John L. Gould. Cousin of James, Ann, Edward, John and Frank Mitchell all of Lynn. Melissa, loved by so many friends and family, was the life of the party. Her sparkling eyes, quick wit and loving personality drew people to her, like moths to a flame. And that flame was her soul. As a photographer, she spent more time behind the lens then in front of it. Documenting all the highlights of her friends lives, Weddings, child births, birthdays or just random get togethers. Her welcoming smile, her openness invited all of us in. Her love of telling stories and making people laugh is well known to all that knew and loved her. She made friends wherever she went. If you won her heart, it was for life, no judgement, just "what can I do to help?" RIP Melissa, you were one of a kind. So many of us were lucky to meet you and call you a friend. Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Celebration of Melissa's Life on Saturday, November 21st from 2-4 PM in the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea. Committal Services will be private. Flowers are always welcome, but the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the MSPCA, 350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130 or at or to an organization that has importance to you or your family

We encourage those who cannot attend to leave a message of condolence or a photo to Gary, Nancy and the family on the Tribute Wall.

With the current Covid-19 precautions put in place by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the CDC as well as our local Health Department, those attending are required to wear face coverings, practice social distancing and due to mandatory limits on occupancy, are asked to enter, pay their respects and exit the funeral home to allow other guests to enter.


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Celebration of Life
November 21, 2020

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Smith Funeral Home
125 Washington Ave.
Chelsea, MA 02150

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