Donis Claudene Mitchell
Donis Claudene Mitchell, 91, died on Oct. 9, 2020, in Pawtucket, R.I.
She was born on June 18, 1929, in Scott City, the eldest daughter of Claude and Thelma (Helfrick) Hughes.
Donis grew up on the Hughes family farm west of Scott City. She graduated from Scott Community High School in 1947 and from Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., in 1949.
While a senior in high school, Donis was introduced to Lewis (Mitch) Mitchell at the May Fete and their courtship began and continued throughout college.
They were married on Aug. 13, 1949, and moved to Lawrence where Mitch completed his final semester at the University of Kansas and Donis worked at Weavers Department Store.
Donis and Mitch returned to Scott City to farm and start their family. They kept very busy with farming and supporting their children’s school and extracurricular activities.
Donis was a founding and faithful member of the El Quartelejo Study Club where she enjoyed participating in plays written by Ruby Rodenbeek.
She was also a devoted member of the United Methodist Women, her Circle group, and taught Sunday school for many years.
Donis and Mitch formed a monthly bible study group (“The Group”) with several couples with whom they made and deepened lifelong friendships.
Mitch passed away after 66 years of marriage, and Donis moved to Rhode Island to be near her daughter and son-in-law. She enjoyed seeing the sites in New England and loved frequent visits from her California family to celebrate holidays and milestone birthdays.
Donis never lost touch with her community back home in Scott City thanks to the many cards and letters sent by her friends and family. She would read them repeatedly, and always looked forward to the arrival of The Scott County Record and the Methodist church bulletins.
Survivors include her three daughters Meredith Mitchell, San Francisco, Calif., Melanie Key and husband, Stephen, Providence, R.I., and Marci Duys and husband, John, San Anselmo, Calif.; one granddaughter, Catherine Mitchell Duys, Berkeley, Calif.; one sister, Connie Posl and husband, Charles; one brother, Bob Hughes and wife, Cheryl; her sisters-in-law Charlene Hughes and Betty Ann Hughes; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Marc; sister and brother-in-law, Dee and Albert Hoeme; and brothers, Harold and Calvin (“Butch”) Hughes.
Visitation will be Fri., Oct. 16, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., at Price and Sons Funeral Home 401 S. Washington, Scott City, Kansas.
There will be a private graveside service at the Scott County Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Scott City United Methodist Church or Camp Lakeside.