Ms. Doris Elizabeth Stewart, 89, of Frederick, Maryland, peacefully transitioned into eternal rest on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, surrounded by her loving family.
Doris was born on December 23, 1931, in Clarksburg, Maryland, to parents James and Florence Gray. She often reminisced on and told stories of her upbringing; as the youngest child, she spent significant time with her parents and had eight siblings to look up to and visit. Her family relocated to Centerville, Maryland, when she was nine.
She attended Lincoln High School in Frederick, Maryland, and upon graduating in 1950, Doris moved to Washington, DC to live with her older sister, Mary Catherine, and work at the famous Ben’s Chili Bowl. While working in the city, she met her husband, Dunbar Stewart Sr., and began her most important role of all, becoming a mother. Although she loved city living, she ultimately moved to Forestville, Maryland to raise her children. In 1971, Doris’ eldest son Darrell passed away unexpectedly at the age of 13. Displaying the utmost strength, she moved back to Frederick and continued raising her four children.
Through the years she answered to Doris and Dot, but most importantly, mom, momma, sweetheart and grandmommy; her greatest purpose, passion and accomplishment in this life was being a wonderful mother and grandmother. After a career working at Airpax Corp., she retired early to provide daycare to her grandchildren.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Hazel Foreman, Gladys Washington, Lucile Gray, Mary Catherine Cook, Mabel Howard, Sarah Gray and Edna Gray; brother, Melvin Carroll; and beloved son, Darrell Stewart.
She is survived by her devoted children, Dunbar II, Dana and his wife Christine, Darlene “Dolly,” and Dean Stewart; grandchildren, Dana-Deshaun, Dominic and his wife Taylor, McKenzie, Darius, Miracle and Siobhan; great-grandchildren, Angel, Ava, Maxwell, Kingston, Avery Jr., Promise and Josiah; closest cousin, Phoebe Chaney-Dorsey; daughter-in-law, Anita Stewart; devoted friend, Karan Milberry; and granddoggy, Pebbles.
A celebration of Doris’ life will take place on Thursday, July 22 at 1 p.m. at Stauffer Funeral Homes, P.A. (Fred), 1621 Opossumtown Pike in Frederick, Maryland. Pastor Luke Robinson will officiate.
Flowers sent to Stauffer Funeral Homes are welcomed or a contribution to the Alzheimer’s Association (Alzheimer’s disease and dementia help) would be much appreciated.
The Alzheimer’s Association Frederick office is located at 108 Byte Drive #103, Frederick, MD 21702, (301) 696-0315.
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