Dorothy J. "Dotty" Whitson

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Dorothy J." Dottie" Whitson, age 95, of Westminster, died Friday, September 23, 2016 at Carroll Lutheran Village Health Care Center. Born on April 17, 1921 in Guntur, India, she was the daughter of the late Roy M. and Amy A. Dunkelberger and the wife of the late Pastor L. Stanley Whitson. She received her elementary education at Kodai School, South India, her high school education in Gettysburg, PA and B. S. in English and education at Gettysburg College. In addition to being a homemaker, she took an active part in the work in the parishes where her husband served as pastor. She was especially interested in preschool education and was the founder of the preschool program at Messiah Lutheran Church in Berrett, MD, in the 1970's. She also taught preschool Sunday School at most of the churches that her husband pastored during his over 55 years in the ministry. After college she married Stanley, who was in the Army/Air Force during WWII. Following the war he entered the ministry. They served first at 3 parishes in Clear Spring, MD and then at Holy Trinity in Elkins, WVA. She and her husband became involved in the Civil Rights movement of Dr. Martin Luther King and attended the "March on Washington" on August 28, 1963. They were inspired from this event to become involved in Inner City church ministry during the 1960's at St. John's Lutheran Church in Baltimore City. In 1972 they began ministry at Messiah Lutheran Church in Berrett, MD and after a brief retirement were asked to help pastor at Grace Lutheran in Westminster until Stan's retirement at age 84. They then moved into Carroll Lutheran Village in 2003. She had 2 sons, Robert and Paul Whitson. Robert passed away in 2005. She enjoyed walking, especially in parks, animals, drawing (she had some watercolor paintings published and shown at Carroll Lutheran Village(CLV)), music, singing in many choirs, the last of which was the Village Singers at CLV, nature and being with her family. She was a pianist and helped with choirs and Sunday School programs. She also enjoyed visiting with friends, other teachers, and members of her various congregations. Dottie loved with the love of Christ in such an amazing manner that all were touched just by being in her presence for even a short while. Surviving Mrs. Whitson are, son and daughter in law, Paul and Constance Whitson, Grandchildren, Bobbie Fass and her husband Jeremy, Sarah Whitson, Daniel Whitson and his wife, Allie, Joel Whitson and his wife, Reggi, Great Grandchildren, Grace and Isaac Fass and most recently Martin Stanley Whitson. Although not her physical grandchildren and great grandchildren, her great niece Lori Bowen, her fiancé, John Moore, and her children, Corey, Ceara, Candise, John-John and baby Helena were very much so in her heart. Dottie Whitson loved all and was loved by all, and was a great witness to all of the love that Jesus Christ has for all of the world. She will be sorely missed by all. In lieu of flowers, please give donations to Messiah Lutheran Church Nursery Program, 5600 Old Washington Road, Sykesville, MD 21784, or Grace Lutheran Church, 21 Carroll Street, Westminster, MD 21157. The family will receive friends at Krug Chapel at CLV from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, September 25. A private graveside service, conducted by Rev. Jimmie L. Schwartz, CLV chaplain, will be held at Highland View Cemetery for family members. A memorial service will be held at Grace Hall of Grace Lutheran Church, Westminster, at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 2, with Revs. Martha and Kevin Clementson, church pastors, officiating.

Published in Carroll County Times on Sept. 24, 2016
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