Dorothy Stephens

October 5, 2012

Stephens, Dorothy Obituary

Dorothy Stephens, born on November 18, 1918, in Washington, DC, to the late Lewis and Beatrice Wallace, answered Jesus’ call welcoming her home on October 5, 2012.

Educated in the District of Columbia public school system, Dorothy graduated from Armstrong Senior High School. The youngest of three children, she often reminisced on the fond memories of growing up in a home with many family celebrations. Her brother, Charles Wallace, Sr. and sister, Geneva Wallace Coleman, preceded her in death.

Dorothy accepted Christ early in life and was baptized at Liberty Baptist Church. She later joined East Calvary Methodist Church in 1939. East Calvary and John Stewart Methodist Church later merged and became Lincoln Park United Methodist Church, where Dorothy was a faithful member and sang soprano in the Gospel Chorus for 25 years.

She found her love and married the late Louis Stephens. Dorothy had five children, one son, Bobby Jones (who preceded her in death in 2003), and four daughters, Joan Morsell, Gloria Henson, Barbara Keeton, and Lenora Redding.
She began her career in the Federal Government. She was employed with the U.S. Census Bureau and worked within the private sector. She was a proud member of the Columbia Temple #85 Order of the Elks, and the American Legion Auxiliary, James Reese Europe Post No. 5, where she served as President for one year.

“Mama Dot,” as she was affectionately called by her grandchildren, was very proud of the many accomplishments of her family. She celebrated every birthday, graduation, wedding, and other special occasions with her loved ones. Mama Dot’s prayers and words of comfort always lifted spirits and provided reassurance that everything would be alright through prayer and continued trust in the Lord. Every phone call or visit ended with "be careful" and "I love you.”

Although Mama Dot’s recent illness prevented her from attending church, it never hindered her from praising the Lord every day. She enjoyed listening to sermons via the television and radio and singing her favorite hymns around the house. She also regularly quoted bible verses and applied them to her everyday life.

Mama Dot loved to walk, travel, read, and stay fit. She leaves to cherish her memories: Joan, Gloria, Barbara (James), and Lenora; one daughter-in-law, Vada Jones; one niece Jean Wallace and one nephew, Ronald Wallace; one close cousin, Estelle G. Harrison; fifteen grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; four great great-grandchildren, as well as other relatives and friends.

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Services are as follows:

 

On Thursday, October 18:

Viewing - Lincoln Park United Methodist Church, Washington - 10:00 a.m.

Funeral Service - Lincoln Park United Methodist Church - 11:00 a.m.

Interment - Arlington National Cemetery - 2:00 p.m.




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October 18, 2012

Viewing - Lincoln Park United Methodist Church, Washington - 10:00 a.m.

Day:

Info:
October 18, 2012

Funeral Service - Lincoln Park United Methodist Church - 11:00 a.m.

Day:

Info:
October 18, 2012

Interment - Arlington National Cemetery - 2:00 p.m.


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