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Mary "Doreen" Mitton


April 6, 1929

Palmerston, Ontario


October 18, 2021

Sarnia, Ontario


Our beautiful and spirited Mom and Grandma passed away, surrounded by love, at St Joseph's Hospice on October 18, 2021, as the result of complications from a fall. Doreen was the beloved wife of the late Kenneth Mitton (d.2012) and adored friend of the late William (Bill) Wise (d.2019). Doreen will be lovingly remembered by her children, Gord, and his wife Lorelei, and Gail and her husband Rob Collie, her four grandchildren, David (Melissa), Krista (Dave), Patrick (Ali) and Owen, her great-grandchildren, Abby and Lily, and her nieces and nephews. Doreen was predeceased by brother Allan Spragge (Audrey), sister June Smith (Art) and nephew Michael Spragge. Doreen was raised in London, Ontario and moved to Niagara Falls as a newlywed and later to Sarnia when Ken accepted a transfer with CN. Doreen loved fashion and worked in ladies' retail for many years. After retiring from retail Doreen babysat Shaun and then her youngest grandchildren, Patrick and Owen Collie. Doreen had a short journey with Alzheimer's which she made easier for all of us by seeing the humour in this terrible disease. Doreen lived at Rosewood Manor for the last year where she said she felt very well looked after by the staff. The family would like to sincerely thank nurse Danielle, surgical floor, Bluewater Health and all the staff and volunteers and Dr. Orla MacSweeney at St. Joseph's Hospice. A special thank you to Dr. Kolano who looked after Mom right up to the end. You are all angels. A private family service will be held at Lakeview Cemetery. In memory of Doreen, if desired, donations may be made to St. Joseph's Hospice, Chron's and Colitis Canada or Alzheimer Society of Sarnia Lambton. Remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family online in "Doreen's Guestbook" at

Visitation & Services

No Visitation

Private Family Service

At a later date.

Lakeview Cemetery


Lakeview Crematorium


Cheques only please,
will be received at the funeral home


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Gord and Gail, So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I did your mom’s hair for years and we had lots of fun and nice visits. She was a very classy lady. Sincerely steve and Debbie Hicken

Gord, I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. Your parents were always great to chat with and they always made me smile.

As a neighbour on Rowella's way I met Doreen in 2011. When my husband passed that year, Doreen came and introduced herself. We began having coffee and going for drives even after she moved off the street. Over the past years as I became busier with my grandchildren we lost touch, but I have lovely memories of her. My condolences to Gail, Gord and families.

Gail & Gord and your families, please accept our condolences over the loss of your Mother. Karen & Doreen used to work together at Britts Department Store. Doreen was a lovely lady and always enjoyed a good laugh. Keep her memory close to your heart.

My condolences to you and your family Gord. Mothers are very special in our lives . Keep her memory close to your heart. Hope you're doing well Gord. Mark Johnson

My condolences to you Gord and your family. The passing of a mother is never easy. You are in my prayers.

I am sorry for your loss my prayers are with the families,they were nice people I remember doing a wig for your dad when my dad and your dad worked at the CNR..

My dad worked with Ken at the Niagara Falls CN Car Department before Ken’s transfer to Sarnia. I remember the whole group of men who shared life “working on the railroad”. I also worked for CN before coming to Sarnia VIA Rail. I shared some stories with Ken and Doreen and fortunately brought my mother to visit them at their Rosella’s Way. I loved Ken’s smile and humour and Doreen’s wit. Long after my dad’s passing, my mother chose to leave Niagara Falls and has been a Sarnia resident since 2015, and lives at Sumac Lodge, in pretty good health at age 97. I am blessed to have the opportunity to reconnect with your parents, who were a big part of my childhood in Niagara Fall...Read more

Linda Georgiou

Saddened for your loss but never forgotten / her memory shall be forever imprinted in your hearts Doreen was a kind , thoughtful and proud woman who always had a smile for everyone and always looked Great / she will be dearly missed by all — Laurence and Linda Georgiou

Mary Moore

My sympathies to the Mitton family on the loss of their mother and grandmother.

Shirley Parr

Doreen was my life-long friend, and I will miss her dearly.

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