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Ms. Dorothy L. King
February 19, 1942
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Dorothy Lee King was born to Raymond King and Dorothy Mae King on February 19, 1942, in Kansas City Missouri. She was the eldest of three children: Ralph Eugene and Kurtis Donziel who preceded her in death.
As a young lady Dorothy enjoyed dancing, skating, modeling the latest fashions, participating in hair shows with her best friend, fellowshipping with friends and family, and sharing the gospel of Christianity amongst her peers.
Meanwhile as Dorothy moved through life she met her high school sweetheart, Harry Williams Smith Sr. The pair would marry and have three children: Deborah, Harry Williams Jr, and Dewanna that were deeply loved and cared for.
However, Dorothy became widowed, and as she adjusted to her life’s changes, her interest in modeling led her to Barbizon modeling agency in Denver Colorado “The Mile High City”. “Dorothy never forgot the beauty of the Rocky Mountains and moved to Denver in the 70s “– "Volunteers of America 2021, I Remember Mama”, It was there, Dorothy met James Martin and later the pair became a union and Dorothy had a fourth child, Sachet.
Dorothy was a devoted mother to all her children. She had special and individual relationships with them all and made it very clear that she had no favorite children amongst them.
Although the union expired between her and James, Dorothy continued her navigation through life by moving to Sacramento California in the 80s with her youngest child to continue her career at (CSC ) Computer Science Corporation, where she worked as a data entry clerk. The move to California was a huge step for Dorothy, yet she handled the situation with grace and strength, and she enjoyed the time spent there.
Dorothy eventually made her way back to Colorado and retired from (EDS) Electronic Data Systems. She enjoyed her retirement by traveling to different states, joining a social club for seniors at the Green Valley Rec Center, and spending time with her grand and great-grandchildren.
In addition to Dorothy’s style and grace, she was a straight shooter when it came to expressing her thoughts. That quality and her spiritual beliefs made her a mentor to so many people around her. She was well liked and loved by many.
Dorothy spent the latter part of her life giving back to the community by volunteering at (VOA) Volunteers of America a couple days out of the week. The company enjoyed having Dorothy around and appreciated her professionalism. Dorothy had the honor of having a section from the VOA magazine dedicated to her, highlighting her involvement with VOA.
In conclusion, Dorothy was all about having grace, integrity, and dignity about herself, enjoying life as a mother, and sharing the gospel of Christianity. Her main objective in life was to make sure her family maintained a relationship with Jesus Christ every day through prayer. Her influence persuaded her son Harry to give himself to Christ in 2015, a decision that he says he is “Grateful for”.
As life continues on earth, your spirit will live too, through the people you've impacted in such a positive way.
Funeral Service will be held on Friday, November 17, 2023, 2pm at Watkins Heritage Chapel. Interment Blue Ridge Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1pm-2pm at the chapel. Service conducted by Watkins Heritage Chapel. Condolences may be shared on our website.