Dorothy Lee Powell lived to celebrate her 94th birthday. She was born on January 17, 1927. She departed this life on Tuesday night, February 2, 2021 at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Ms. Dorothy was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina to her late parents, Dorothy Lee Howell and James Powell. She was known as ” Momma ” to her children, “Momma Dot” to her grandchildren and close family and friends. “Aunt Dot”, to her nieces and nephews, and “Dot” and “Ms. Dorothy” to many others she met.
Ms. Dorothy was a soft spoken, courageous, fearless woman. Her patience was her virtue. Many who have met her tended to say about Ms. Dorothy, “To know her, was to love her. ” She had a “caring and loving ” spirit. She was a devoted sister, mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin, and friend. If ever you needed anything, she made sure you got it! She provided for herself and her family very well; whether it was a car, house or their college tuition. She provided it. Her keen wisdom and financial support will be appreciated by her family and friends, for years to come.
Ms. Dorothy’s highest level of formative education was the 9th grade, in the Washington, DC. Public Schools System. She later completed several college level continuing education classes at George Washington University, in Washington, DC.
She retired after 33 years of civil service from the Department of Navy, at the Navy Yard, in Washington, DC. as an Electronic Technician. Throughout her career, she earned professional achievements for her exemplary work. When she was younger, she always dreamed of living in Italy and she later did; when she accepted a foreign work assignment, in Naples Italy where she lived for several years.
Ms. Dorothy really loved God. She would often call on the Savior Jesus, throughout the day, in her later days. She recited the Lord’s Prayer; every night. And she constantly would end her prayer with requests for her health and her family needs. She would mention the name of each of her children, individually and pray for their health and protection.
Infact, one of her favorite statements was “If you take the first step, God will do the rest for you.” Throughout her life, she exemplified all the gifts of the Holy Spirit, “kindness”, “self- control”, “power” and “love”.
In her younger years, Ms. Dorothy was a member of Purity Baptist Church, in NE Washington, DC. There she was baptized and enjoyed singing in the choir. She later enjoyed attending the Imani Temple Catholic Church, in SE Washington, DC and later in her life, she attended St. Bernadine of Siena Catholic Church, in Suitland, Maryland. Ms. Dorothy enjoyed participating in the church services and community- based programs, such as, the church food bank.
During the 1950s and 60s, she was a part of the Black professional socialites, in Washington, DC. She attended many formal social events hosted by Washington, DC ‘s Black judges, lawyers, school superintendents and congress people. She was a member of the classy women’s social club, known as the “Lucky Seven Women’s Club”, founded in the Washington, DC. area. In her younger years, she enjoyed a modeling career in New York.
She enjoyed playing card games and dominoes. In her later years, she loved to spend her time sewing, painting ,stained glass artistry, dancing and traveling. During the summer, she enjoyed spending time at the beach and going to the mountains with her family.
Ms. Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents, Ms. Dorothy Howell and Mr. James Powell, her two sisters: Ms. Hattie Howell and Ms. Dorothy Reese as well as her second daughter, Ms. Barbara Johnson.
She leaves to carry on her legacy, her first daughter and son in law, Mrs. Evonne and Mr. Vincent Stewart, and three grandchildren, Ms. Monique Powell, Ms. Nicole Tillett and Ms. Mickel Stewart; two grandchildren from the late Ms. Barbara Johnson, Ms. Charmagne Bowman and Mr. De’Shon Johnson; her son, Mr. John Frederick, and four grandchildren, Ms. Keisha Frederick, Ms. Dominique Frederick, Mr. Angelo Frederick and Ms. Ebony Frederick; and her third and youngest daughter, Dr. Tonya Fridy. Ms. Dorothy is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great and great-great grandchildren. In addition, she leaves a host of family members and friends, whom she received so much kindness and love from throughout her lifetime.
Family and friends will unite on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 from 12:00pm until the time of service, 12:15pm, at Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home 2294 Old Washington Road, Waldorf, MD 20601. Interment will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Suitland, MD.