Dorothy Rena Mitchell, 97, of Mitchell, SD, formerly of Plankinton, SD passed away Friday, August 8, 2014 at the Firesteel Healthcare Center in Mitchell. Funeral Services are 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Plankinton. A Committal Service will follow at Mizpah Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church from 5:00 7:00 P.M. Monday, August 11, 2014 with a 7:00 P.M. Prayer Service. Mount Funeral Home of Plankinton is assisting with arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through mountfuneralhome.com.
Dorothy Rena (Brandsma) Mitchell was born on November 28, 1916 in Lyon County, Iowa to George and Susan (Haarsma) Brandsma. She was the youngest of eight and graduated from Rock Valley High School. She attended one year of college, then taught school for a year. After that she went to live with her sister, Pearl, in Bemidji, MN and began working at Montgomery Wards. It was during this time she entered and won the title of Miss Lake Bemidji.
Shortly after, several of her close friends encouraged Dorothy to follow them to Washington, D.C. where she took a job with the F.B.I. It was there she met and later married Sgt. William E. Mitchell on June 10, 1944. At the end of Bills military career they came to Plankinton, SD, which became their permanent home. Dorothy was active in her church including the United Methodist Women and as a Sunday School teacher. She also belonged to an extension club, Order of the Eastern Star and worked as deputy of the Register of Deeds for Aurora County. Her loving husband, Bill, passed away on September 28, 2001.
Grateful for having shared in Dorothys life: her six children: Michael Mitchell of Boulder, CO, Diane Cockburn of Okmulgee, OK, Curtis (Jean) Mitchell of Sinai, SD, Douglas (Lily) Mitchell of Pierre, SD, Brad Mitchell of Sinai, SD and Shirlee (Jim) Wiech of Plankinton, SD; 15 grandchildren; 22 great- grandchildren; along with several nieces and nephews.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; a son-in-law, D.V. Cockburn; her parents; and seven siblings.