Dorothy Ruth ‘Dottie’ Donaway Mitchell, 90

Dorothy Ruth ‘Dottie’ Donaway Mitchell, 90, formerly of Millsboro, Del., passed away on Saturday March 9, 2019, at the Manor House ACTS in Seaford, Del. She was born on Aug. 19, 1928, to the late Charles B. Donaway and Estella Jane More Donaway.

Mitchell was a self-employed beautician, operating Dot’s Salon for many years, as well as being an apartment manager in several locations across the country. She attended Emmanuel Wesleyan Church in Salisbury, Md., in recent years.

“Dottie” (to her friends) loved card games, painting and socializing with her friends at the Manor House. Her hobbies were knitting, making floral arrangements for friends and family, and watching sports — especially women’s basketball and softball, which she played in high school and for the Sweetheart Bakery as an adult.

Her husband, Howard R. Mitchell, died June 4, 1998. She is survived by her three children, Donna Kaye Nickles and her husband, Rick, of Easley, S.C., Stephen Theis and his wife, Patricia, of Matthews, N.C., and Joseph W. Wilson of Seaford, Del.; 10 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, March 15, 2019, at 11 a.m. in the Millsboro Cemetery, State Street, Millsboro, Del. The Rev. Tom Bunting will officiate. In lieu of flowers, the family requested that memorial contributions be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital; 501 St. Jude Pl.; Memphis, TN 38105. Condolences may be sent online at