|Mary Margaret Mueller Caemichael
Published in Ithaca Journal from Mar. 9 to Mar. 10, 2020
Mary Margaret Carmichael
October 26, 1933 - March 06, 2020
Mary Margaret Mueller Carmichael died peacefully on March
6, 2020 at the age of 86. She and her husband `Skip’ enjoyed
living in retirement at Kendal of Ithaca since 2011. `MM’ was
born in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Theodore A. and
Mary C.B. Mueller.
She attended public schools in Washington and graduated with highest honors from
Woodrow Wilson High School (1951).
She was baptized, confirmed, and married at First Trinity Church, in the heart of the Nation’s
She graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. degree and then taught home
economics in Sandy Springs, Maryland. In 1956, she enrolled in the Graduate School of
Cornell University where she received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in 1959 and 1961,
respectively. In 1957, her and her beloved Leland E. (‘Skip’) Carmichael, DVM, University of
California, Davis, were married and both continued in graduate school. MM joined the faculty
of Home Economics at Cornell until the birth of their first son. She then held research
positions in the Social Sciences at Cornell and, later, joined the Graduate School staff as
Coordinator of Publications, Statistics, and Webmaster.
She was honored (1964) as a 60-year member of the American Association of Family and
Consumer Sciences and has held positions in state and local groups. She is a member of St.
Luke’s Lutheran Church, Ithaca. While MM lived at Kendal she enjoyed her many friends and
activities. Special interests included line dancing, water aerobics, the Borg-Warner pool, and
cross-country skiing. She always looked forward to the annual `Wimmin Swimmin’ event
where she was a sponsor and `rescurer’.
She is survived by her husband, `Skip’ Carmichael and their three sons, Daniel and his wife
Margaret Ann and grandson, Thomas; Paul and his wife, Randi, and grandchildren Sarah and
Benjamin; John and his wife Jennifer and granddaughters Cigi and Amber. Kathy Eliason
and her husband, Peter, have given special comfort to MM and Skip for many years, serving
as `surrogate children’. Kathy and Pete Eliason’s son, `TJ’ (Thomas Joseph), is our Godson
and MM regarded all of Kathy and Peter’s children as family. She also had many cherished
friends. MM’s brother-in law, Gary Carmichael, his wife, Susan, and their boys, David and
Todd, are as our children. Ann Coyne, a special friend of more than 64 years, gave
lovingcare to MM until the hour of her passing. Special thanks to Pastors Laurie Carson,
Robert Foote and the wonderful nurses at Kendal.
The funeral will be held at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church on Thursday, March 12 at 4:00 pm.
Transportation will be provided to the service from the parking lot at the East Hill Plaza
beginning at 3:15 pm until 3:45 pm and returning to the lot immediately following the service.
Burial will be at a later date at East Lawn Cemetary.
n lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St Luke’s Lutheran Church, Ithaca, NY,
Trinity Lutheran Church, Ithaca, NY, or to a charity of one’s choice.
Bangs Funeral Home is assisting the family.