Elizabeth Dunn Mutch, 88, a longtime resident of Moorestown, died peacefully on Aug. 15 after a lengthy but determined battle against congestive heart failure.
She was predeceased by her loving husband of 52 years, Dr. John C. Mutch.
Elizabeth was also a longtime resident of Buck Hill Falls, PA, where she resided in summer months. In recent years, she maintained a winter residence in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, where she enjoyed a combination of her many interests and aptitudes, including birds, duplicate bridge, and golf.
Elizabeth was the oldest of three children born to a Quaker family in Palmyra. In her youth, she spent many happy days at her family’s Salem, NJ cottage beside the Delaware Bay. An extremely bright student, she was a graduate of George School in Newtown, PA at the age of 16. Following graduation, she pursued a nursing degree, first at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC, and later at Columbia Teachers College in Manhattan. Her love of babies led to a nursing position in the nation’s first neonatal intensive care unit at Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Hospital, while she was concurrently earning credits at the University of Pennsylvania. In the 1950s, through her dedicated work in the groundbreaking unit, she was featured on the cover of Philadelphia Magazine.
While at Pennsylvania Hospital, Elizabeth met her husband, who was a physician-in-residence. The couple was married in San Antonio, TX prior to Dr. Mutch’s service in World War II, and later as a MASH surgeon in Korea. Eventually settling in Moorestown, where Dr. Mutch opened a local medical practice, Elizabeth lovingly raised a family of five. She became a prominent and active member of the community, especially within the Moorestown Monthly Meeting. She later developed a second career as a trusted real estate broker with the firm Stockwell Knight Company.
She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Janet and Howard Dunn, of Salem, NJ; children Deborah Olander, of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL; Julia Marie Mutch, of Moorestown; John C. Mutch, Jr., of Nazareth, PA; James Mutch, of Moorestown; and Andrew C. Mutch of Media, PA. She will be especially missed by her 10 grandchildren and step-grandchildren, to whom she was a model of grace.
A funeral service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, at Moorestown Monthly Meeting, 118 E. Main St. Interment is private.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the Moorestown Monthly Meeting. Condolences may be left at www.lewisfuneralhomemoorestown.com.
Courtesy of Lewis Funeral Home