Dorothy Clements <I>Spence</I> Mitchum

Dorothy Clements Spence Mitchum

Camden, Kent County, Delaware, USA
Death 12 Apr 2014 (aged 94)
Montecito, Santa Barbara County, California, USA
Burial Camden, Kent County, Delaware, USA
Memorial ID 129550262 · View Source
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Widow of actor Robert Mitchum.

She died at a hospice facility in Santa Barbara. She was 94.

She met Mitchum, who was two years her elder, in Delaware when she was 14 years of age. She was Dorothy Clements Spence in the those days, and the two were married in 1940, before she turned 21.

The pair had three children, sons James and Robin, and a daughter, Petrine. In addition to being a homemaker, Dorothy frequently accompanied her husband to movie location shoots and found time to be a founding member of Share Happily And Reap Endlessly, a charitable organization that benefited the mentally challenged.

After living on the eastern shore of Maryland from 1960 to 1966, Dorothy and Robert moved back to Los Angeles and then, in 1977, to Montecito in Santa Barbara, where they lived until his death on July 1, 1997.

In addition to her husband. Dorothy was preceded in death by her brother W. Lloyd Spence, and is survived by her younger sister, Bette, and her niece Janeen of Simi Valley, Calif., two great nephews, Weston and Trevor, her niece Judy of Delaware, and her three children: James, who became an actor, Chris, and actor and politician, and Petrine, a writer.

The family suggests donations in Dorothy's name can be made to the Salvation Army, which they credit with keeping Robert alive during his early vagabond years.

Bio by: Cindy Massi

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  • Created by: Corey & Douglas Marshall-Steele
  • Added: 9 May 2014
  • Find a Grave Memorial 129550262
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Dorothy Clements Spence Mitchum (2 May 1919–12 Apr 2014), Find a Grave Memorial no. 129550262, citing Odd Fellows Cemetery, Camden, Kent County, Delaware, USA ; Maintained by Corey & Douglas Marshall-Steele (contributor 47477063) .