Dorothy R. Thomas was born on August 30, 1956 in Chicago, Illinois to Walter D. Williams and Opaline Williams (whom both preceded her in death) and was the fourth child. She was called home to be with the Lord on April 11, 2021. As a child, she was baptized at Greater Union Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois. Dorothy loved basketball and probably went pro if females were playing professional basketball in the 70s. She was also very artistic, creative and had an eye for decorating; an avid reader and a mystery movie/thriller solver within 15 minutes of the television show or movie. She attended Jones Commercial High School downtown Chicago. While attending high school, Dorothy worked at North Central bank part-time. After high school, Dorothy attended Eastern and Southern Illinois Universities. While at Easter, she met her future husband,Samuel Thomas in which they were blessed with two sons, Marcus S. Thomas (who preceded her in death) and Joseph C. Thomas. Dorothy was a loving, caring, protective and warrior for her her sons. Even after the end of their marriage, Samuel continued to be a supportive father. Dorothy's love for her children allowed her to become a foster mother, in which she loved doing for many years. Dorothy was employed by the USPS until the early 2000s. Before her calling to be at pace, Dorothy dedicated herself to care for her mother.
Dorothy leaves to rejoice and celebrate her life; her son, Joseph C. Thomas; her mother, Opaline D. Williams; her brothers, Douglas M. Browning (Sheila), Walter D. Williams (Dornea), John T. Williams, Bradley L. Williams and Jeffrey S. Williams; sisters, Rita V. Crawford, Paula M. Bass, Latoya Bingham (Tony) and Celeste C. Williams; many nieces, great nieces, and a great-great niece; many nephews, great nephews and two great-great nephews and cousins; a special friend, Antoinette Pressley and all the foster children lives she touched.
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