Ocean City Today

Lou Ann Mitchell Garton

Apr 20, 2017

printed 04/21/2017

Ocean City

Lou Ann Mitchell Garton, age 77, passed away on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury, Maryland.

Born in Salisbury, she was the daughter of the late John Howard Mitchell and Mary Lee Griffin Mitchell.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William (Bill) Garton, in 2003, and brother, Howard Lee Mitchell.

She is survived by her children, Lisa Ann Garton and her fiancé, Michael Harbach, of Ocean City, Lynne Alayne Garton and Damon Auger of Atlanta, Georgia, John “Jay” Garton, and his wife, Jennifer, of Berlin, and her grandchildren, Jake and Jayden Garton.

Also surviving is her sister, Sharon Parsons, of Ocean City; nieces, Patti Cropper and Susan Ryan; nephews, John Brittingham and Stuart Mitchell, as well as many beloved family and friends.

A 1957 graduate of Stephen Decatur High School, Lou Ann worked for many years in the hospitality industry for the family hotel, The Normandy, as well as the Borderlinks Villas in Ocean Pines. She was a lifetime member of Bethany United Methodist Church, a member of the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, “Opti-Ms” Club, and a volunteer for the Ocean City Recreation Department.

Lou Ann doted on her two grandchildren, and would share stories and pictures with everyone she met. She welcomed into her home a variety of people who either needed a hot meal, a warm place to stay or an ear to listen. Everyone who met her knew that they had found an instant friend.

A memorial service was held on Monday, April 17, 2017 at Bethany United Methodist Church. Rev. Connie Paulson and Rev. Olin Shockley officiated.

A donation in her memory may be made to: Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, Maryland 21804, or Bethany United Methodist Church, 8648 Stephen Decatur Hwy. Berlin, Maryland 21811.

Letters of condolence may be sent via: www.burbagefuneralhome.com. Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.

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