Fairlawn Mortuary


Doris A. Mitchell

November 8, 1921September 24, 2021

September 24, Doris (Johnson) Mitchell, 1921-2021, passed away at her home in Fairhaven where she has lived for the last 71 years.

Born in Fairhaven, she was a graduate of Fairhaven High School, Kinyon Campbell Business School and The John Robert Powers Modeling School in New York City.

She was predeceased by her husband of 65 years Captain Shirley Gile Mitchell, Jr. She was a member of the Unitarian Memorial Church of Fairhaven.

Survivors include her three children, Sheila G. Mitchell of Marion, Stuart G. Mitchell of Rochester, and Alan J. Mitchell of Plymouth; three granddaughters, Abby Mitchell Reale, Mollie Mitchell Meyers, and Melanie Mitchell; also her caregivers for the last 12 years, Jennifer Aiello Lima and Martha Aiello, and the wonderful staff that Jenn put together. She was the sister of the late Milton Johnson, Raymond Johnson, Alice Manchester, and Grace Batistelli. Private arrangments are in the care of WARING-SULLIVAN HOME at FAIRLAWN, 180 Washington St., Fairhaven, MA 027196. She will join her husband in The Mitchell Family plot at Riverside Cemetery, Fairhaven. For online tribute:


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Jannine Mitchell

October 2, 2021

My deepest sympathy to Sheila, Stuart, Alan and all the family. Aunt Doris is at the top of the list of women who inspired me. As a new Mom 30+ years ago she always confirmed that everything I was feeling was natural and I was doing a good job raising a family. She started out by making custard cups for me to snack on in the middle of the night to keep my strength up, as nursing a newborn every several hours was draining. Good protein, she said, and of course she shared the recipe. She shared her recipes and her wisdom happily over the years, even teaching me how to knit, her way. Doris and Shirley were in their happy place out at the cabin in the woods and a ride out to see them on a weekend was the many fond memories of a kind, patient, loving and inspirational lady. Always in my heart. Jannine Mitchell

Jocelyn Mitchell

October 1, 2021

Some of my most vivid childhood memories are from time spent with Aunt Doris. I remember learning how to use a rotary phone in the front hallway, eating delicious home made granola in the kitchen (and helping to make it) and looking through an old chest full of rocks and fossils. I think I first fell in love with houseplants because she showed me how to care for her African Violets whenever I came over. I am so lucky to have these experiences and her love forever in my memory.