Dorothy Taylor Mitchell

December 21st, 1929February 16th, 2019

Dorothy Taylor Mitchell, also known as Dorothy Jean, Dottie, Mom, and Grandma, died peacefully at her home. Dottie was a good friend, a good listener, and great asker of questions.

Dottie was born in Elyria, Ohio, to Allen and Edith Taylor and was raised in Cleveland. She attended Flora Stone Mather College. She met Donald Lincoln Mitchell on a New Year’s Eve blind date, and they were married in December 1951. Dottie taught fifth grade until the birth of her son James Allen Mitchell. Then came Ann Marie. Dottie embraced motherhood, decorating the house for Christmas, and entertaining friends at fabulous parties. She organized Home Days, served on the school board, and ran for mayor of Lyndhurst.

As years went by, and kids left for points westward, Dottie and Don stayed active in the community and took up traveling around the world with and Brother Bill and Dottie and Al and friends. They visited their Colorado and Wyoming grandchildren often and loved their role as grandparents.

Don passed away in 2010, and two years later, Dottie made the move to Colorado to be closer to her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed her time at Balfour in Louisville, participating in activities, traveling around Colorado, the country and the world, and making dear friends among staff and residents alike.

Dottie was optimistic and positive, qualities that helped her survive and thrive after a brain aneurysm, a stroke, and a heart attack. She stayed loving and positive her whole life, her last acts being hugs and her last words, “I Love you.”

Predeceased by her parents, her husband, Don, brothers-in-law Bill Mitchell and Jim (Millie) Mitchell, and daughter, Inge Mueting. She will be missed by her sister June Belitz, sister- and brother-in-law Al and Dorothy Zanetti, son Jim Mitchell of Jackson, Wyoming, daughter, Ann Mitchell (Chris Belting) of Lafayette, Colorado, grandsons Taylor Gallegos (Haylee LaCroix), and Cameron Gallegos (Laine Gallegos), granddaughters Jameson Mitchell, Cora Mitchell, and Mia Belting, great-granddaughters, Scout and Wesley Gallegos, much-loved nieces and nephews, and friends all around the world.

Contributions can be made to the Balfour Residences Employee Appreciation Fund in honor of Dottie Mitchell, c/o Bill Schmidt, 1336 E. Hecla Dr., Louisville, CO 80027.



Memorial Service to be held Saturday, February 23, at 10:00 a.m. at the Lodge at Balfour, Lousiville, Colorado. Burial and a celebration of life will be in Cleveland at a later date.





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I grew up playing next door to Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell. They were always the kindest people. I am saddened my the passing of Mrs. Mitchell but know She has many people who love her dearly happy to have her in heaven. Praying for your family. And hope the memories bring some comfort. Mrs. Mitchell was truly unique and will always hold a place in my family’s heart. Sincerely, Ricky Marinelli and kids, Danny, Lisa and Ricky.
Dottie and I began our friendship back in fifth grade and we were best of friends all through our school years at Shaker Heights and forever friends by mail after that. What a wonderful faithful friend Dottie was! Since we were neighbors she rode to school each day with us because my Dad taught at the high school. She came to our cottage in Michigan one summer for a week and we had a great time but I was VERY tired out when she left for home! Dottie was an energizer bunny! I loved her Mom too and it was devastating for all of us when she passed away so young. I am sad to learn Dottie has left us. Ardis French Knarr