Mitzel, Doris

April 19, 2006

DORIS MITZEL, a retired clergy wife, died on April 6, in her apartment in the Charlestown Retirement Community. She was first of all a mother and wife. She took great joy in providing a warm and loving home. She was an excellent cook providing not only nourishing but also very attractive meals. In 1969 at the suggestion of her youngest child she welcomed into the home an exchange student from Peru. This friendship continued through the years until her death. Doris' interest in the church encompassed Sunday School, the United Methodist Women, camp counseling, and missions. She was always well liked in the churches that she and her husband served. Some of her mission projects included taking (in cooperation with Heifer Project) a planeload of animals to the Future Farmers of Bolivia, a ten week workcamp in the village of Sandema in Ghana, West Africa. She assisted in the building of an agricultural storage shed that made available to local farmers plows, fertilizer, and treatment for seeds that kept the harvest from being spoiled. This increased the food supply and reduced hunger in that village. She began a sewing class for the women of the village and helped raise money for a scholarship for one of the women to get special training and return to the village to assist others. After she and her husband retired, she served as a volunteer in the Red Bird Missionary Conference, The Alaska Missionary Conference, the Church World Service Center, and accompanied her husband at a Jimmy Carter workcamp in Canada. In 1989 it was discovered that she had Hodgskins Disease for which she took chemotherapy and was declared cancer free in 1994. The disease and treatment did take its toll on her strength and energy and she was no longer able to take part in voluntary mission projects. She did continue working with the United Methodist Women supporting local, national, and international mission work. In 2003 Doris and her husband moved into the Charlestown Retirement Community. In 2004 she discovered that she had small cell lung cancer. This ultimately led to her death. During the 16 months of her illness many who observed her marveled at the powerful witness that she gave demonstrating the faith that empowers a Christian to face death. Doris is survived by her husband, Robert E. Mitzel, living at the Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville, three children, Donna Welles of Plymouth, Massachusetts, Glenn E. Mitzel, of Clarksville, MD, and Patricia Farrar, of Huber Heights, Ohio. There are also eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. There will be a celebration of her life 11 AM on Saturday April 29 in the City Lights Room at the Charlestown Retirement Community 715 Maiden Choice Lane in Catonsville. In lieu of flowers Doris has requested that donations be made to provide camperships for summer campers at the West River United Methodist Church Camp, West River, MD. Donations may be sent to West River Center, P.O. Box 429, Churchton, Md. 20733. Please note on the gift Doris Mitzel Memorial Fund.

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