Marsha A. (Marlow) Mitcheson

Marsha A. (Marlow) Mitcheson, 71, of Mattapoisett, passed away Friday, September 3, 2021 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was a passionate teacher and rejoiced in sharing her love of literature with her grandchildren and students alike. She was the wife of James A. Mitcheson with whom she shared 50 years of marriage.

            Born in New Bedford, daughter of the late William N. and Evelyn (DeMonbrun) Marlow, she had resided in Fairhaven for 24 years before moving to Mattapoisett 26 year ago.

            A graduate of Dartmouth High School, Marsha went on to receive her Bachelor’s degree in English from Southeastern Massachusetts University and earned her Master’s degree from Bridgewater State University.

            Mrs. Mitcheson began her teaching career in Fairhaven where she spent 10 years as a paraprofessional and a reading specialist. She continued her journey as an educator in Taunton lending her talents in both the classroom and as Vice Principal of Maxim School in Taunton. After fifteen years of service, she retired from the Mulcahey Elementary School in 2013.

            Marsha was also an active member of the Mattapoisett Congregational Church and Smith Mills Christian Congregational Church in Dartmouth, where she taught Sunday school. She was a member of the Massachusetts Reading Association and was truly a lifelong learner. Marsha was a woman of grace who would talk calmly and carry a big heart. She never seemed to wear the same outfit twice and would always relish in a shopping bargain. The only thing sharper than her wardrobe was her wit. She knew how to hold your attention, even when words were not at her disposal. Surviving in addition to her husband are four children, James W. Mitcheson and wife Laurie of W. Bridgewater, Ryan Mitcheson and wife Tori of Fort Mill, SC, Nicholas Mitcheson and wife Amy of Marion and Whitney Gaspar and Marc of Mattapoisett; eight grandchildren, Morgan, Lauren, James, Gavin, Broden and Phineas Mitcheson, and Drew and Carson Gaspar; a sister Darlene Wheeler of New Bedford; a brother William N. Marlow Jr of Palm Harbor, FL and nieces and nephews, Jennifer DaCosta and Gerald B. Wheeler III of Rochester, Marissa and Christian Marlow of Palm Harbor, FL.

            The family would like to recognize the Community Nurse Home Care of Fairhaven for the exceptional hospice care Marsha received by Erin and Sandy. A special thanks to Marsha’s CNA’s, Camille, Grisselle, Isabel and Melissa who cared for her daily with love and compassion. The ability to trust those who are caring for your loved one is an invaluable gift and our family is eternally grateful.     

Her Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 10 am in the Mattapoisett Congregational Church, 27 Church St., Mattapoisett. Her visiting hours will be held on Wednesday from 4 to 7 pm in the Waring-Sullivan Home at Fairlawn, 180 Washington St., Fairhaven. At the request of the family, please wear a mask when attending the visitation and church service. Her burial will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in her honor may be made to: Walk to End Alzheimer’s Team Mind Over Matter. To place an online tribute or for directions, please visit:

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  1. Peg & Bill Matteson says:

    What a wonderful tribute to all that Marsha personified and shared with others. So fortunate to have known her.

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