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Lois Mitchell

September 22, 1926 - December 3, 2022
Zeeland, MI



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Life Story / Obituary


Lois D. Mitchell died on December 3, 2022 at Riley’s Grove Assisted Care Facility. She was born on September 22, 1926 to Budd and Sue Eastman in Holland, Michigan. She lived and worked locally until her marriage to Joseph P. Mitchell Jr. in June of 1948. They raised a family and traveled with the United States Marine Corps for 25 years. During that time Lois volunteered with Navy Relief, The Red Cross, USO Canteen and the Naval Hospital at Quantico.

After Joseph’s retirement from the USMC in 1967, they settled in Holland Michigan. There Lois was a member of the United Methodist Church and served on the Board of Trustees, the Decorating Committee, Stephens Ministry and was a member of the United Methodist Women. Lois was also a member of the Women’s Literary Club and lifetime member of the Holland Garden Club. She enjoyed floral arranging, bowling, golfing, camping, was an avid reader and enjoyed completing daily crossword puzzles.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years Joseph; sisters Jenny Oisten and Donna Dreyer; brothers Thomas, Steve and Robert; in-laws John Dreyer, Don VanRy and Cheryl Eastman and son-in-law Craig VanDyke.

She is survived by her daughter Paula VanDyke; son Darryl Mitchell (Rosemary); grandchildren Gretchen Brockmann (Buckley), Landon VanDyke (Anne) and Megan Northrup (Albert); great-grandchildren Molly Brockmann, Dash Brockmann and Xy VanDyke; sister Marian VanRy; brother Michael Eastman and several nieces and nephews.

There will be a graveside service at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery where she will be laid to rest with her husband Major Joseph P Mitchell, Jr.

There will be no local service as requested by the deceased.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Holland.

Arrangements are by the Dykstra Funeral Home-Mulder Chapel.