Muriel Anne Wadsworth Mikula Lishnoff, 92, of Virginia Beach, passed away Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital. She was a resident of Westminster Canterbury by the Bay.
Muriel was born March 15, 1926, in Washington, D.C. She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School, Washington, D.C., and was a graduate of the College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, where she was a proud member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority.
It was at William & Mary that she met fellow student Edward J. (Mike) Mikula on a blind date set up by a sorority sister. After graduation in 1947, she and Mike married and together they raised three children in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. Mike died in 1987 and Muriel married Malcolm Lishnoff in 1996. They resided in Virginia Beach until his death three years later.
Muriel spent a considerable portion of her working life as a teacher, counselor and administrator. She worked for the City of Norfolk public school system and later in adult education for the City of Virginia Beach. Before retiring and entering Westminster Canterbury, Muriel was employed as a teacher and administrator by City Colleges of Chicago providing advanced educational opportunities for active duty U.S. Navy personnel both aboard U.S. Naval ships and on shore.
Muriel was preceded in death by her parents, retired U.S. Army Col. Earl Bury and Irene S. Wadsworth. She is survived by her twin sister, Marian Hamlin; and younger sister, Marilyn Proctor. She is also survived by her children, Nancy M. Meath (James) of Richmond, Ned M. Mikula (Anne) of Midlothian, and Joanne M. Lukens (Walter) of Alexandria. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Jason K. Meath (Renee), Peter D. Meath (Dexter), Matthew T. Mikula (Elizabeth), Lane J. Mikula, Sarah K. Mikula, E. Hobart Mikula, Anne W. Lukens and Margaret H. Lukens; and step-granddaughter, Hara Glasser-Frei (Steve). She has six great grandchildren, Aidan P. Meath, J. Riley Meath, Cecelia W. Meath, Parker E. Meath, Laughton E. Mikula, McKinley J. Mikula; as well as four step-great-grandchildren, Gabrielle Glasser-Frei, Andrea Rose Glasser-Frei, Asher Glasser-Frei and Elan Glasser-Frei; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She cherished the annual reunion of her family that has taken place for 36 years at Thanksgiving, where she was sought after and an engaged participant in the day’s activities. Muriel was also proud of her many years of service to the newspaper, “The Chatter” at Westminster Canterbury. Her favorite hobby was travel, and she did so with family in the United States and around the world.
The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Sentara Virginia Beach Hospital for their compassionate care given to Muriel during her final days. We would also like to thank Westminster Canterbury’s staff members, Macie and Drew at the Hoy Center and Denise in Enhanced Services for their care of our mother. Additionally, we give our deepest appreciation to Elizabeth Bastone for her unyielding support and devotion to our mother as well as to Brenda Stahl for all of her kindnesses.
A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 17, at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 6329 E. Virginia Beach Blvd., Norfolk. After private burial, a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Holy Trinity Chapel of Westminster Canterbury, 3100 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Gamma Kappa Chapter Scholarship c/o Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation, 6640 Riverside Drive, Suite 200, Dublin, OH 43017.
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