Obituary for Doris Arlene Bolton Mitchell January 19, 1939-August 17, 2021 (written by her)
I have always felt that I was the luckiest person alive to be born to William and Sara (Robinson) Bolton at home in Westmore, MT. I was the 5th of their 6 children. It was a loving household full of laughter and joy. While we lived in the Westmore area, it was sledding and ice skating in the winter (mostly with dad) and enjoying my mother’s homemade breads and cooking. During the summer it was helping with the garden, picking potato bugs off the plants, and climbing the sand dunes. We had chickens, pigs, goats, milk cows and a horse or two.
We moved to Ismay in 1944 and then we roller-skated, played outdoors, climbed the hills behind Ismay and played all sorts of games in the evening like: Hide and Seek, Run Sheepy Run, and Annie I Over. There was no TV, no video games, and oh what a delightful way to live. We had popcorn parties (popcorn popped the old-fashioned way), fudge making parties, taffy pulls and dancing. We moved to Wisconsin in 1947 to a dairy farm north of Barron and spent almost a year there before moving back to Ismay in 1948. I attended the Ismay Public Schools through my freshman year of high school. Then I attended Custer County High School in Miles City, MT and graduated from it in 1957.
I had several jobs in Miles City including being a cab dispatcher and waitress in a couple different restaurants. I met Robert Mitchell there and we eloped in May of 1959. We took off for California and lived in Sacramento until 1966. After Bob graduated college in 1963, I attended Sutter Community Hospitals School of Radiology and graduated in 1966 as a radiology tech. We loved Sacramento and thought that would be our permanent home. It was close to San Francisco, Reno, Lake Tahoe and the beautiful mountains in those areas. We cut our own Christmas trees, went sledding down the mountains on cardboard sleds, managed a small apartment complex and extended our circle of friends. Aerospace jobs moved us to St. Louis for 1 ½ years where we gained more friends and I worked at Deaconess Hospital. Our move to Florida found me working in the Occupational Health Facility at Kennedy Space Center, where I worked until the end of the Apollo program in 1974. The base support contract was held by TWA and then PAA so Bob and I flew about whenever the opportunity arose.
I worked in local medical offices in Titusville until I threw in the towel in 1993. Bob retired in 1995 and from then on we spent our summers in Montana and our winters in Florida. The best part of all this is that our circle of friends continued to expand and we got to know our nieces and nephews so much better. Bob passed away in 2013 but I continued to split my time between Florida and Montana.
Arlene was preceded in death by Bob (Robert Mitchell), parents William Sr. and Sara Bolton, sisters Vee Wilkins, Delles Sleeth, Kristi Bolton, brother Claire Bolton, sisters-in-law Pauline Bolton and Connie Bolton, and brother-in-law Perry Wilkins. Survived by brother Bill (William Jr.) Botlon of Miles City, and so many fantastic nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews, lots of cousins, wonderful friends from around the country and world, and God-daughter Carol Mann Muniz and her family. I was so well blessed in my life that I got to love so many people, starting with my parents, my brothers and sisters, my Bob, all of my nieces, nephews, great and great-greats. So many wonderful friends are included in that circle of love and considered extended family. If every child could have had the home life and love I had, we wouldn’t have so many problems in the world.
Arlene loved family, friends and animals, especially birds and cats. Her love of cats was evident by the many she and Bob had and by them being the “second home” for Carmello (Mr. Whiskers) in MT and a neighbor’s cat in Florida. She will be greatly missed by all.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your favorite animal charity in Arlene’s name.