Laura E. Mitchell

Laura E. Mitchell, 95, passed away on Sunday, September 13, 2020 at Saratoga Hospital. Laura was born on July 7, 1925 to Phillip and Loura (Ruggles) Dorey and was a lifelong resident of Ballston Spa.

Laura married Vernon Mitchell in 1943 and together they had four children, eight grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. “Mitch” passed away in 2002. After retiring in 1982, they traveled the country in their RV until taking up a winter residence in Florida and remained snowbirds until 1995. They enjoyed dancing, camping cross country skiing, bowling, and travel. One of her great joys was feeding people and her pies were legendary. She loved old TV westerns and was a devoted Mets fan.

She was predeceased by her brothers Phillip Dorey, Edward Dorey and William Dorey, and her sisters Julia Clouse, Betty Allen and Geraldine Bentley.

Laura is survived by her sister Eleanor Fitzgerald of Ballston Spa; daughters Dawn Mitchell of Ballston Spa, Sandra DeLeonardis (Joe) of Ballston Spa, Mary Abell (Bill) of Lead, SD; son Tom Mitchell of Nashville, TN; grandchildren Jill Castellano (Michael), Joseph DeLeonardis, Jr, Jacqueline Orzell (John), Gina Neilsen (Matt), Joanna Hart (Steve), Caleb and Pico Mitchell, Michael Abell (Ashley); great grandchildren Meghan and Kailey Castellano, Andrew, Aden and Mitchell Orzell, Nicholas and Annika Nielsen, Darienne and Justin Hickey, Maria and Sophia Hart, Ethan and Harper Abell.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, funeral services will be private. The family wishes to thank the Wesley Nursing Home for their gentle and loving care during her final days.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in memory of Laura may be made to your favorite charity.

Guest Book

Teresina Huxtable

I believe I met both Laura and Vern Mitchell in 1968, when Tom took me to meet his parents and sisters. Mary was maybe 7 at the time, I think. And as Katherine said, that was more than 50 years ago! After Vern's death, Laura always continued to say "Stop by anytime. And you know you can park here for the County Fair." Her only requirement was that I/we bring her back some fried dough. I'll miss that particular assignment and the Fair won't be the same without her watching from the front porch. She was never without some wonderful turn of phrase...though more like turning a phrase on its ear. Two years ago it was "Turn-de-sac" for Cul-de-sac. Much more useful! Nothing got by her. How marvelous to have had a mom/grandmother/great grandmother/aunt who was sharp as a tack all her days. I'm glad I got to know her and the Mitchell family over so many years. ~ T

Katharine Kreisher

Laura Mitchell became a life-long friend after I met her and her husband Vern and all three beautiful daughters through her son Tom. That was almost 50 years ago. Like so many others I was swept into the family and participated in family events here and there over the years. I continued to stop in at the cozy green house at 107 Fairground Avenue, occasionally on my own, often with Tom and other friends from the “ goodle days.” I was always welcome. Homemade snacks (often whole dinners!) were offered on the spur of the moment. Old photographs were studied and family stories retold with warmth and humor and “attitude.”

The giant maple tree in front of the house where Teresina and Tom and I took pictures so recently is gone.

We said goodbye to Vern some time ago.

And now Laura, too. Rest easy together. Thank you for being with us as long as you could.

Judy Dwyer, Troy,New York

Dear Dawn, Sandy, Tom and Mary and Family,
I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom and Grandmother.

I will never forget the great times we had together going camping when we were teenagers.

We never wanted to leave the woods, even after listening to Mitch tell his famous and scary stories around the Campfire.

My heart is with you all. God Bless.

Nancy DeLeonardis

My thoughts go out to all the family whom I love very much! Laura was a one of a kind special and spunky lady! I miss her already. Looked forward to sitting with her for a visit every year and think of her often.

Love, Nancy

Joe Aufiero

Dawn, Sandy, Tom and Mary, I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother. Two years ago Laura and I reconnected after many years. I always enjoyed talking to her and sharing memories of past times. I was amazed at many of the things that she remembered that I had completely forgotten. She was one of a kind. I will miss her.

Rose and Mike

To the Mitchell family: Thinking of you and our condolences to all. Sorry for your loss. Rose and Mike

Fred Arnold

Dear Laura: I was just trying to call you in August from the number in Harvey's rolodex. The number was disconnected. I found out yesterday from Tom you went to nursing home in June. I cherished our conversations on the phone and you ALWAYS promoting Tommy's music. What a long life you had Laura and mostly healthy and well. Rest in peace dear auntie.


To a wonderful aunt who would always bake something special if she knew I was coming to visit.
The last of my aunts and uncles, RIP Aunt Laura.