OBITUARY

Dorothy W. Shields "Dot"

January 3, 1936May 30, 2019
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Fun-loving and genuine, “Dot” made her heavenly transition on Thursday, May 30, 2019. Dot is remembered as a loving mother, caring friend & sister, doting Grandmama, Aunt Dot, a retired DC Public School teacher, and member of the Socialites, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc & Red Hatters. She was a devoted wife of 27 years until widowed. Dot’s visitation will be held on Friday, June 14 from 9 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service at The Greater First Baptist Church, 2701 – 13th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009. Interment Fort Lincoln Cemetery.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, June 14, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, June 14, 2019
  • Burial Friday, June 14, 2019

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Fort Lincoln Funeral Home Staff

June 5, 2019

The Staff of Fort Lincoln Funeral Home wishes to express to you, your family and friends, our sincere and deepest condolences on the loss of your loved one. Please know those we love remain with us for love itself lives on, and cherished memories never fade because a loved one's gone. Those we love can never be more than a thought apart, for as long as there is memory, they'll live on in the heart. (Mary Ramish)

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Dorothy Ann Williams Shields
"Dot"

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Always Jovial

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Cardozo High School Class of 1954

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Dot (top center) with her girlfriends

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Dot adored her "fine" husband; she fondly called him "Shields"

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Her sister Evonne assisting the bride on Dot's wedding day

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Burton & Dot wed August 23, 1958 at St Augustine's Catholic Church, Washington DC

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Burton & Dot wed August 23, 1958 at St Augustine's Catholic Church, Washington DC

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The Shields Couple

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Dorothy Ann Williams Shields
"Dot"

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Always Jovial

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Cardozo High School Class of 1954

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Dot (top center) with her girlfriends

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Dot adored her "fine" husband; she fondly called him "Shields"

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Her sister Evonne assisting the bride on Dot's wedding day

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Burton & Dot wed August 23, 1958 at St Augustine's Catholic Church, Washington DC

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Burton & Dot wed August 23, 1958 at St Augustine's Catholic Church, Washington DC

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The Shields Couple

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Dot's Daughters Double Wedding
September 1989

Biography

Dorothy W Shields - “Dot”, a native Washingtonian, was born January 3, 1936, the eldest daughter of the late Eugene Benjamin Williams and Rosa Williams Faulkner. As the fifth child of eight children Dot, with four older brothers exhibited an assertiveness that was very progressive for her day. She gave her life to Christ at an early age under the late Reverend Thomas of The Greater First Baptist Church and attributed her positive temperament to being grateful throughout life as “she walked with the Lord”. Her mantra, “Let Go and Let God” exemplifies her steadfast trust in the Lord.

Always proud of her DC heritage, Dot liked to mention that she once lived in every quadrant of the Nation's Capital and was a product of the DC public school system. Upon graduating from Cardozo High School in 1954, Dorothy attended Miner Teachers College for 2 years then worked as a stenographer for the US Patent & Trademark Office where she met and later married Burton Pius Shields, I in 1958.

From this union came four amazing children, Lajuane, Pamela, the late Burton Pius II and Craig. Dorothy persevered in professional development as the family grew, furthering her education to embark on her second career. In 1968 Dot returned to college as a mother of two to pursue teaching. By the time she obtained her Bachelors’ Degree in Education in 1970 from the University of the District of Columbia, Burton II was added to the family. The Shields’ then moved from the city to Hyattsville, MD where Craig was born in 1971.

Dot’s first teaching assignment was at Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School where she taught for seven years. She enjoyed connecting with young people and then continued sharing her enthusiasm for teaching at Emery Elementary for sixteen years. While at Emery, Dot earned a Masters’ Degree in Special Education from George Washington University, rounding out an extraordinary teaching career until her retirement in 1994.

Dorothy balanced her professional endeavors with knowing how to have a good time! With a genuine interest in everyone she met, Dot loved to socialize. As a member of the Socialites, a group of phenomenal women who have been together for over 50 years, she traveled to five of the seven continents, sponsored amusement park trips & ski trips, and hosted cabarets & card parties. Her love of life compelled her to expose her family to every new experience within her reach such as skiing, skating, spending summers at Cape May, and exploring the countryside in their RV as part of the DC Ramblers. Dot also shared her love for singing for many years as a member of her church’s Volunteer Choir and Fellowship Choir and served as a charter member of the Hospitality Ministry. Red was her signature color as a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and the Red Hatters. She also enjoyed dancing, water aerobics, and bowling, and until her untimely death, Dot was “the one” to beat playing cards, “a card shark” who mastered her favorite games, Pinochle & 500.

Her roaring laugh was infectious, and she would belt out a song in a minute; most were comfortable in her presence. With her beautiful spirit she authentically connected with others as a genuine beacon of light. Friends and family alike referred to her as Ma Dot, as she is remembered as a mother to many.