Obituary: Darlene Mitchell

Darlene Mitchell passed away March 10, 2015, at the home of her daughter, Katheryn Dabbs Schramm, in San Clemente, Calif.

Darlene was born Alta Darlene Tucker in Stanton, Texas, on Nov. 29, 1928. She later moved to Phoenix, where she met Samuel Franklin Mitchell.

They married in 1946 and moved to Kingman in 1955 where Sam was on the engineering staff at Ford Motor Company, Yucca.

Darlene worked at Table Supply, Kingman Bake Shop, Tots & Teens, and managed the Peppermint Shop. She and her husband were loyal Elks members. Darlene was an avid gardener, sewed, quilted, knitted, crocheted and loved to bake. She won ribbons at the county fair for her crocheting and her roses.

Throughout life, Darlene was passionate about politics. She was past-president of the Republican women, served as a deputy registrar, and worked the polls. After Sam's death in 1974, Darlene moved to Tempe, where she joined Lions Club International. In 1998, Darlene moved to California to be closer to her daughters.

Darlene is survived by her two daughters: Kathy Schramm (Wayne) of San Clemente, Calif., and Karren Mitchell of Rancho Mirage, Calif.; grandsons, John Dabbs (Melanie) of Greenwich, Conn. and Christopher (Connie) Mitchell of Rancho Mirage, Calif.; great-grandchildren, Ivy and Callaway Dabbs; and extended family in California, Nevada, Missouri, Arizona, Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma and Peru.

A private celebration of life is planned for March 22, 2015.