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BENNINGTON -- Dorothy Mitchell passed away on April 12, 2007, in Bennington. She was born in Mecosta, Mich., on Oct. 16, 1913, daughter of Christian H. and Leah (Crane) Wernette.

Dorothy graduated from Big Rapids High School and the University of Michigan and spent several years teaching schools in Michigan. During this time she traveled extensively in the United States and spent two summers as a student at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

On April 24, 1946, she was married to A. Frisbie Mitchell, son of Mrs. Archibald Mitchell Jr., and made her home in Norwich until 2005 when she moved to Bennington. She belonged to the Norwich College Club and became active in the Women’s Auxiliary of the W.W. Backus Hospital, and through this she became a corporator of the hospital. She worked with three departments of the United Workers and was an early volunteer for the Red Cross Bloodmobile. She later taught for several years in the Laurel Hill section of Norwich, both at Laurel Hill School and at Veteran’s Memorial School.

She was a member of the Wednesday Afternoon Club and for several years was the secretary of the organization. She joined the AARP when she retired and was secretary there also. She continued volunteer work with the American Red Cross and was active in Park Congregational Church. She spent many years on the Service Committees of the Eastern District of the Women’s Fellowship of the U.C.C. Congregational.

She is survived by her daughter, Sue (Harriett) Ivey of Norwich; her granddaughter, S. Dianna Ivey and her fiancé, Jeff Leake, of Shaftsbury; her brother, Don Wernette of Mecosta, Mich.; her brother-in-law, Paul L. Morosky of Mystic, Conn.; and many nieces and nephews and their families. She was predeceased by her beloved husband “Fib”; her brothers, “Bud” and “John” Wernette; her sister, Leah Thon; her brothers-in-law, Frank Caskey, Gordon Thon and A. “Mike” Mitchell; her sisters-in-law, Marion Caskey, Martina Wernette, Catherine Morosky, “Bertie’ Wernette, Helen Mitchell, Violet Wernette; and three nephews Sandy and Glenn Caskey and “Neddie” Wernette.

Memorial donations may be made to Bennington Health & Rehabilitation Center, 2 Blackberry Lane, Bennington, VT 05201
Published in Bennington Banner on Apr. 26, 2007
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