Prinella Mitchell 1926-2015


Colby Basketball is without one of their biggest alumni cheerleaders this season, as Prinella “Prin” Mitchell passed away on Saturday, September fifth at the age of 88 as a result of a fall in her home. Prinella was born on October 31, 1926 in Waterville and grew up in Winslow. She was married to the love of her life, longtime Mules basketball assistant coach John “Swisher” Mitchell, for 63 years and was a dear friend of longtime men’s basketball head coach Dick Whitmore.
Mitchell was the head cheerleader at Winslow High School and an active member of the drama club. She had long, distinguished careers at the Federal Trust Company and at Waterville Junior High School. In her free time, she enjoyed camping by Messalonskee Lake, lounging in Key Biscayne, Florida, and, of course, cheering on the Colby Basketball teams. Prin was admired for her elegance, extensive care for others, and commitment to everything important in her life.
She is survived by her husband, John, who was inducted into the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014, as well as by her three daughters, Susan Mitchell, Jane Bulduc, and Rebecca Brandwein, her four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, and her eight sisters and brothers-in-law. Prin was loved by her friends and family so dearly, and she will not soon be forgotten. Her endless commitment to Colby basketball was incredible, and she will be greatly missed.

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