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BRAFFORD DOROTHY WHITTLESEY BRAFFORD Passed away in hospice care on July 7, 2012, in Arlington, VA. Cherished wife of Samuel Grady Brafford, Jr., for 58 years. Dorothy was the beloved mother of Elizabeth Brafford Cella of Kentfield, CA, and Grady Brafford III of Anaheim, CA; grandmother of Caroline and Claire Cella of Kentfield, CA, and aunt of Karen Cremen Greeley of Sharpsburg, MD. She also is survived by her brother- and sister-in-law, Gene and Helen Brafford of Silver Spring, MD. Dorothy was 80 years old. Dorothy ("Dot") was born in September, 1931, to William H. Whittlesey and Elizabeth Davis Whittlesey in Washington, DC. She had fond memories of her childhood in DC, and of her father's two "Whittlesey's Drug Stores" in Northwest. A 1950 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, and 1952 graduate of Southern Seminary in Buena Vista, VA, Dot lived her entire life in the National Capital area. Although she and her husband traveled the world, she was always happy to call Northern Virginia her home. In Virginia, Dorothy was active in the George Mason Republican Women's Club and worked for the Fairfax County Registrar of Voters through many election cycles, and especially enjoyed going to local high schools to register young new voters. Dot was involved in the annual reunions of her high school class, and formed an investment club with a group of fellow women graduates of Woodrow Wilson High. She was most proud of her spiritual home in Providence Presbyterian Church in Fairfax. When she and her husband left their home of 45 years in Annandale, it was to move to the Greenspring community of Springfield, where so many of their Providence Church friends live. There will be a celebration of Dorothy's life on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 11 a.m., at Providence Presbyterian Church, 9019 Little River Turnpike, in Fairfax. Interment will be private, at Fort Lincoln Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions to the Providence Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund. A guest register may be found at

Published in The Washington Post from July 18 to July 22, 2012
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