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Doris L. Mitchell

May 21, 1929 ~ March 2, 2024 (age 94) 94 Years Old

Doris Mitchell Obituary

Doris Lorraine Mitchell passed away at her home in Washington, Missouri, on March 2, 2024, at the age of 94. She was born on May 21, 1929, in Lancaster, New York, to parents Marie and Charles Schmidt. In her younger days, she traveled the world with her husband, Lt. Col. John Oliver Mitchell, and children – a benefit of being a U.S. Air Force spouse and mother of six children. Upon her husband’s retirement, they settled in O’Fallon, Illinois, and later built their dream home with lush gardens in Shiloh. They remained together there until her husband’s passing in 2000 and her relocation to Washington, Missouri, in 2016 so that she could again be close to family.

Doris aspired to have a large family, and she succeeded. She had a perfectionist nature and an abundance of energy. Her engaging demeanor was evident in her fondness for telling stories, giving loving hugs to family and friends and striking up a conversation with strangers with a warm hello. 

In her younger years, Doris proudly served as a Red Cross nurse aide, a role that held a great significance for her. She later worked at American Machine & Foundry and at Sears, Robuck & Co. In her spare time, she was very active volunteering and serving within her communities. She was both a Girl and Boy Scout troop leader, Sunday School teacher and held various roles and group memberships at both St. Clare Catholic Church and Corpus Christi Catholic Church.

Doris had many passions. Among her favorites were special occasion dry gin martinis, fancy hats and her kitchen table adorned with an ironed tablecloth and a fresh floral bouquet. She took great pleasure in decorating her home for every holiday and expressed affection for culinary art, proper etiquette, travel and classical, rag time and religious music genres. She cherished children and animals – past and current photographs of her loved ones were of utmost importance. Her refrigerator door was personalized with meticulously aligned photographs that brought a splash of color and flair to her kitchen and elicited sweet memories of each person near and dear to her heart. 

Preceded in death by her sisters, brothers, and husband, Lt. Col. John Oliver Mitchell, Doris is survived by her children: Dr. Deborah Mitchell and spouse Dr. Heather Hopkins, Dr. John C. Mitchell and spouse Dr. Laura Waters, Command Sgt. Maj. Gerald Mitchell and spouse KumSuk Mitchell, Corinne Stock and spouse Mark Stock, Rebecca Obermark and spouse Dr. Edward Obermark, and Kristin Mitchell-Gottlob and spouse Gunnery Sgt. Jeffrey Gottlob. In addition, she leaves behind wonderful memories for her grandchildren: Oliver Mitchell, Dr. Joon Hur, Joshua Mitchell, Kathryn Hanak, Mitchell Stock, J.D., Nathan Obermark, Dr. Molly Lehmann, Tyler Gottlob, Jeanelle Johnson and Spc. Jacob Gottlob; and her great grandchildren: Theo, Peter, Samantha, Lucas, Hazel, Thea, Ezra, Jocelyn and three more on the way! We’d be remiss not to mention many rescue dogs and cats throughout the entire family as shown by her example.

Services to honor Doris’ memory include a mass at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 9, for family and friends at Our Lady or Lourdes, Washington, MO.  A private burial and celebration of life is planned for a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.


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Memorial Mass
March 9, 2024

1:00 PM
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
1014 Madison Ave.
Washington, Missouri 63090


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