February 10, 2022

On March 29, 1936, Willie & Elvia Lee Washington became the proud parents to two bundles of joy. Dorothy was the oldest of five to be born to this union. The Washington children, Dorothy, Doris, Willie, Robert, and Elaine were raised by their maternal grandparents, Cordie and Sarah Rivers. Dorothy was christened as an infant at Union Second Baptist Church by Rev. Copeland at the Palmerston location. When the church moved to 459 Beechwood, she moved right along with them and remained a faithful member until her passing under the leadership of Pastor Richard Thomas. Dorothy graduated from River Rouge High School in 1955. Dot as she was called was very active in the NAACP and other organizations. She also enjoyed sewing, bowling and family & friends gatherings. Dorothy was employed by the City of River Rouge for over 26 years and she served in many capacities throughout the city. She was with Beechwood Community Center for 20 years, served many years as the Director of the Tot Lot, housing, River Rouge Library, the medical building, and the Senior Citizen Center. She also held several civil service jobs including safety committee for River Rouge Police and Fire Department serving under the direction of three Mayors. Before answering God's call, Dorothy was the oldest living Matriarch of the Washington Family in Michigan. She was led to Heaven's Glory by her parents, Willie & Elvia Lee; siblings: Doris, June, Bow Wow, Elaine, adopted-sister, Valuntean McTaw and dear friend, Robert Bradley. Today, we come together as family and friends to celebrate one last time this beautiful matriarch, who leaves to cherish her memories: Marie Thomas, Shirley Lewis, Sandra Williams, Sanford, Linda, Stephen & Devon Chupp, Steve & Desirae Waters, Ouida Davis, and Terrel Washington; two sisters in law: Barbara Washington and Barbara Gates, nieces and nephews: Katrina Washington, William Clemons, Denise Washington, Tonya Lewis, Nancy (Ernest) Sanford, Pelleassa Brock, Felecia (Curtis) Beard, Robert Washington, Rosalyn (Terrance) Ware, Suprena & Kevin Washington and niece in law: Alita Washington (two nephews, Chris & Terrance Washington preceded her in death); great nieces and nephews: Sumatra & BenDion Washington, Danielle (Chris) Hoffner, SeQuana & Reginald Washington, Crystal (Cory) Cleggett, Christopher Clemons, Randall (Amber) Cochran, Troy Guyton, Tiara (Darrell) Ragland, Anthony Washington, Derrius Guyton, Derrick & Stephanie Lewis and Stephfon LewisEL, Terrance Spears, Arlesia Brock, Brittany Turner, Terrence & Carnae Ware, Christopher Washington, Kiara, Kevin Jr. & Braylen Washington, (three great nieces Mary, Ashley & Brianna, all preceded her in death), and a host of great, great, nieces and nephews, and cousins. Family clubs: South Carolina, Atlanta, Ohio and Philly Clan. Special thanks to a host of friends that loved and helped her along the way...May God continue to bless you. We love you: Ride or Die, Ms. Yvonne Snyder, Marie Johnson, John and Suane Finley, Deacon Darnell Jordon, Pastor Richard & Mrs. Thomas, Lisa Bradley, Willa Payton, Hezekiah McDonald, Francis Hopkins, Clinton Harrington, Thelma Smith, Robert & Sylvia Royals.


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