Resident Spotlight

Dorothy L. Mitchell



Dorothy was born in 1937 to the parents of Julien (Dick) & Mary Dickinson in Freeport, Illinois.  Soon after, Dorothy's father moved their family to Sabula, Iowa after obtaining a job at the Savanna Army Depot.  After graduation, Dorothy lived in Cedar Rapids, Iowa while attending a cosmetic school where she earned her certification.

In 1957, she married Kenneth Mitchell and moved to Savanna, Illinois where Ken was employed at the Savanna Post Office.  They spent 47 years together until Ken's death in 2005.  In 1959, she gave birth to her only daughter, who lives with her husband in Savanna.  Dorothy also has one granddaughter, who lives in Elizabeth, Illinois, along with her husband and four great grandchildren.

Not a fan of winter, Dorothy always looks forward to spring when she can be outside, keeping busy in her flower garden.  She also enjoys watching movies and period dramas, but she especially enjoys being with her family.  After her hip surgery, she is happy to report that she is making good progress and says the staff at Mill Valley Care Center has been wonderful.