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Dorothy E. Williams

December 14, 1921 August 20, 2021
Dorothy  E. Williams
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A celebration of Dorothy's life will occur on

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Vine Memorial Baptist Church
5600 West Girard Avenue
Philadelphia, Pa. 19131

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Life Story

DOROTHY EVANGELINE WILLIAMS, the daughter of the late Abraham Lincoln Chesley and Ellen Maud
Chesley, was born on December 14, 1921 in Maddox, Maryland. She departed this life in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania on August 20, 2021.

She originally attended Shiloh Baptist Church and was united through baptism with the Vine Memorial
Baptist Church in 1953. A faithful member, Dorothy (affectionally known as “Dot”) rarely missed an
opportunity to attend Sunday church services when she sang with the Inspirational Chorus. Dot sang
with the Inspirational Chorus for over 30 years. She served on the Community Service Committee and
volunteered at Barrett Elementary School for more than five years. During Mother’s Day service on May
10, 2015 , Dorothy was presented a plaque by the Rev. Dr. James S. Allen, Sr. for being the “Oldest
Active Member” at Vine Memorial.

Dorothy was initially educated in the schools of St Mary’s County, Maryland, and furthered her
education in Philadelphia. Upon leaving her parents’ home in Maddox, Maryland, Dot resided in
Washington, D.C. There she was employed for the first time, at the Veterans’ Administration in
Washington. After awhile, Dorothy moved to Philadelphia where she again became employed at the
Veterans’ Administration (VA).

In Philadelphia, on February 1, 1943, Dorothy united in marriage to George Williams. From this union
they raised four children: Sondra A. Bibbs, Myron Williams (Vikki), Burton D. Williams, and Alden G.
Williams. With a growing family, Dorothy left the VA to focus on managing her home and raising her
children. As their children grew, Dorothy began working as domestic help in nearby homes.
Dot enjoyed traveling, particularly to Washington to reunite with her family. She and George planned
and took a dream trip to Israel in December 1976. Following George’s passing in June 1979, she would
continue travel via airplanes, trains, ships, buses, and cars with family and friends. Dot visited countries
in three continents, and many states, including Hawaii. An independent woman, Dorothy lived alone
until her mid nineties. She was frequently seen by neighbors on daily walks around Carroll Park as well
as shopping in Center City and area malls. Speaking of shopping, when asked what was her favorite TV
channel, she would respond “QVC.” Dot’s shopping resulted in her stylish and impeccable appearance at
all events.

Dorothy was a warm and caring friend, a loving mother, and a devoted daughter. She believed in
helping those in need. She always gave thanks to God for his many blessings and encouraged others to
do the same. On Sunday, she marched her children off to Sunday School, and ensured they participated
in church activities. Her spirituality showed that she loved The Lord and was faithful to His Word,
meditating on The Law of The Lord day and night. She was so inspired by the “Church Covenant” that
she would often have it read to her while reciting some of her favorite passages. When her health
and/or the pandemic precluded regular attendance at church, Dorothy would rarely miss Saturday radio
ministry or Sunday service via the internet.

She was a regular member of the AARP West Park Chapter #4037 since 1987. Active close to home, Dot
was the Alden Street Civic League secretary and treasurer. Every month, she would go door-to-door
collecting dues that funded activities in support of residents.

Dot was known for her joyous laugh and her beautiful smile. Throughout her life her mind was sharp and
her unique wit was quick. She made those who visited, always feel welcomed. Dorothy enjoyed
children, but visits from her grandchildren always brought her great joy.

She is preceded in death by four siblings: Robert Chesley, Walter Chesley, Franklin Chesley, and
Charlotte Young; and a great-granddaughter, Kairo Williams Robinson.

Dorothy leaves to cherish her memory: a brother, William Chesley and a sister, Georgia Chesley; four
children; four grandchildren, Danika Williams, Erica S. Bates (Steve) of Annapolis, MD, Damon Williams
(Chena) of Middletown, DE and Micaela Mills of Ft Worth, Texas; six great-grandchildren, Stephen
Staples, Kierstin and Karez Williams-Robinson Symonne Bates, Tayla Williams, Kamyah Williams; and one
great great-grandson, Zayd Claitt; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends to also include:
special “daughters,” Valerie Wood (Fred) and Karin Mae; friends, neighbors and caregivers, Annette
Gumby and JoAnn Stewart. A special acknowledgment of her closest and most supportive nieces, and
friends: Mildred Young, Daidrian Davis, Mrs Edna Delk, and Mrs Effie Glenn.
Truly, Dorothy Evangeline Williams loved life and she made the world a brighter place for all who knew
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Cemetery Details


Chelten Hills Cemetery Final Resting Place

1701 Washington Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19138

1701 Washington Lane Philadelphia 19138 PA
United States

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