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Dru E. Mitchell

August 12, 1966 ~ September 16, 2020 (age 54)


Dru E Mitchell of Lebanon passed away peacefully at home on September 16th, 2020 after a long battle of stage four Colorectal Cancer. She was 54 years old. Dru worked for many years as a healthcare professional at William Backus Hospital in both the ER and hospital floors and later in oncology at Backus. She would later move on and work at L&M at the Cancer Center. She also became a massage therapist. 

Dru who also previously battled Breast Cancer made it her mission to help others battling cancer whenever she was able to by being a mentor and sponsor for others and had even owned her own shop “The Pink Boutique” which catered to those would needed assistance with prosthetic fittings, wigs and many other things. After being originally diagnosed in June of 2012 Dru managed to stay strong and continued to work until she retired in June of 2016. She loved making her own jewelry and crafts and would sell them at craft fairs and by word of mouth.  

To say that she lost her fight would be wrong as she never stopped fighting. To the average person walking down the street you would never know how sick she really was. She is the perfect example of what resilience and perseverance looks like. Even though she is no longer here does not mean she lost her fight.

Dru wore many hats throughout her life including daughter, sister, mother and grandmother. She is survived by her daughter, Jamison, her son in law, Philp Salva, grandson, Edward all from Lebanon, CT and beloved companion dog, Neely. She is also survived her mother, Peggy Sherman of Las Vegas, NV; 2 sisters, Gwen Aylward of Langford, KS and Jody Kay Glover of Las Vegas, NV; and 2 brothers, Scott Mitchell of Elko, NV and Colt R. Sherman of Douglas, WY.  In addition, Dru is survived by many beloved nieces and nephews, as well as multiple cousins.  

Dru is proceeded in death by her father, Robert L Mitchell, maternal grandparents, Eldridge and Florence Robertson who help to raise her, a beloved Aunt, Marjorie Mosburg and niece, Samantha Aylward. Dru also is proceeded by her former mother-in- law and close friend, Sandra L Chalifoux.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date in October for family and friends in Connecticut and then another Celebration of Life will be done Spring/Summer 2021 for family and friends in Kansas. For memorial donations the family has selected Smillow Cancer Center and St. Jude Children’s. Donations can be given at and The Aurora McCarthy Funeral Home of Colchester has been entrusted with arrangements.

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Smilow Cancer Center c/o St. Francis Foundation
95 Woodland Street, Hartford CT 06105

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105
Tel: 1-800-805-5856

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