Emma Dorsey

Obituary of Emma Etta Dorsey

Mrs. Emma Etta Dorsey was born on May 2, 1927, in Howard County, MD., to the Late Rev. Leonard G. Moore Sr. and the Late Mrs. Mary L. Seay Moore. She was the oldest of six children, with four sisters and 1 brother. She grew up in the Guilford Community, attending Church and participating in youth activities within the Guilford community and adjoining communities. Emma attended the old Guilford Elementary School. She then attended Cooksville High School in Cooksville, MD., and graduated in 1944. After graduation, Emma enrolled in Cortez Peters School of Business and completed the required program with thoughts of pursuing a business career. After exploring several jobs, she was attracted to the field of Nursing. Her nursing career began at Rosewood State Hospital as a nursing assistant, then as a Licensed Practical Nurse (L.P.N), Under the supervision of Mrs. Mary Dorsey (Sister-in-law), Registered Nurse (R.N) at Rosewood. Emma then attended the Community College of Baltimore. She graduated with an AA Degree to acquire her State Training and Certifications to become the Supervisor (Head Nurse) of the Medical Cottages for Mental Health Patients at Rosewood. Emma later retired after 30 years of service, from 1962 to 1991. Emma met the Love of her life, Charles H. Dorsey Jr. of Cooksville, Md., in High School. In June 1942, at the young age of 16, Charles was drafted to serve in the U.S. Army during WWII, and at the young age of 15, Emma vowed to be there when he returned. When Charles returned after the war, the happy couple united in Holy Matrimony on _February 20, 1949. To this union, four children were born; Anthony, Marvin, Charles III, and Robert. Charles and Emma celebrated their last wedding anniversary on February 20th, 2019, embracing 70 years of marriage until his passing on March 15, 2019. Emma began her Christian walk in 1940 at the age of 13. She joined the First Baptist Church of Guilford under the leadership of the Late Rev. Charles Jackson. She worked diligently as a young Christian from youth through adulthood in many capacities at First Baptist. She enjoyed working with the Sunday school, the Usher Board, and singing on the Choirs. Emma believed in teaching her children to seek a Christian life with beliefs that would guide their focus, sealing them on a Godly path. She took her children to church to expose them to the Christian faith. When she and Charles moved to Baltimore, Md. in 1948, Emma continued her Christian walk attending churches whose teachings were consistent with her family heritage. She finally united with New Psalmist Baptist Church, under the leadership of Bishop Walter S. Thomas, where she has been a member for many years, actively participating on many committees and in church organizations. Emma was a community activist and participated in the Neighborhood Community Association development projects. She also saw an intrinsic value in supporting the political processes. She worked as an Election Judge from the late 60s until the late 90s. She was a PTA mom and tracked her sons' school activities and achievements. She also frequently attended their special programs. Emma, with her husband Charles, always found time to plan family trips, facilitate family reunions, and keep up with all of their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great great—grandchildren. Emma loved to host family gatherings and celebrations during major holidays. She lived a blessed life and was quick but prudent in aiding others in their darkest hours, from opening her home for temporary stays to providing financial assistance. Emma was preceded in death by her beloved Charles H. Dorsey Jr., three siblings; Lillian S. Brooks (sister), Leonard G. Moore Jr. (brother), and Rev. Shirley J. Young (sister). Emma E. Dorsey leaves to mourn; four Sons; Anthony (Eutopia), Marvin (Sandra), Charles III (Dina), and Robert (Karen), 1 sister-in-law Grace Dorsey Wainwright, 1 brother-in-Law, Lawrence W. Lomax (Carolyn), two sisters, Beverly A. Moore and Carolyn P. Lomax (Lawrence) nineteen grandchildren, twenty-three great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Emma has always shared her Husband Charles' Wisdom (Chief Dorsey) God has not promised that Skies will always be blue, flower-strewn pathways all our lives through, God has not promised the sun without rain, Joy without sorrow, or peace without pain. But God has promised Strength for the day, Rest for your labor, Light for the way, Help from above, Blessings for our faithfulness, and "His external love." A viewing for Mrs. Emma Etta Dorsey will be held on Friday, April 14, 2023 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Vaughn Greene Funeral Services, 8728 Liberty Road, Randallstown, MD 21133. On Saturday, April 15, 2023, a homegoing celebration will be held at the New Psalmist Baptist Church, 6020 Marian Drive, where the family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. with services to follow. The interment service will be held on Monday, April 17, 2023 at the Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery where Mrs. Emma Dorsey will be laid to rest with her late husband, Mr. Charles H. Dorsey, Jr.
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Visitation at Funeral Home

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday, April 14, 2023
Vaughn C. Greene Funeral Services
8728 Liberty Road
Randallstown, Maryland, United States

Funeral Service

10:00 am
Saturday, April 15, 2023
New Psalmist Baptist Church
6020 Marian Drive
Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Final Resting Place

10:45 am
Monday, April 17, 2023
Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery
11501 Garrison Forest Rd
Owings Mills, Maryland, United States
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