OBITUARY - Dorothy M. Dotson

Service Info

Service Date & Time
Monday, May 20, 2019 at 10:00 AM

Mission Chapel
720 E. Florence Ave.
Inglewood, CA 90301
Inglewood Park Cemetery
720 E. Florence Ave.
Inglewood, CA 90301

In Loving Memory of Dorothy M. Dotson

November 5, 1930 - May 12, 2019

Dorothy Marie DePriest Dotson was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on November 5, 1930, to Dr. James Crawford DePriest and Gladys Marie DePriest. Shortly after her birth, Dorothy and Gladys returned home to Topeka, Kansas where her father was starting his dental practice.  

Dorothy attended the public school system in Topeka. After one year at Fiske University in Nashville, she transferred to Washburn University in Topeka where she received a BA in Physical Education. During that time she met Pat Jennings Daggett and Joan Pogue Holton. The three of them created a bond that would last over 60 years.

In 1956 with a degree in hand, Dorothy moved to Washington D.C. where she met Christopher C. Dotson Jr. who was fresh out of medical school, working at Walter Reed Army Hospital before being shipped to Germany. Dorothy (now known as, Dottie Chris" nickname for her) and Chris were married three months later on November 23, 1956, in Montgomery, Alabama and began their married life in Germany.  

Dottie and Chris moved back to the states to Brooklyn, New York for Chris to complete his training at State University of New York and Kings County Medical Center in 1958. Their first child, Christopher C. Dotson III, was born shortly after their return. In 1961 they welcomed a daughter, Jamie. After five years in New York, Chris was ready to start his practice in Los Angeles.  

The family thrived in Los Angeles, and they ultimately settled in Beverly Hills. It was in that house she created the Dotson home that was warm and inviting home and always filled with family, and friends. Dottie had a great sense of humor and an infectious laugh. She was active in many local charities and organizations including the Neighbors of Watts and the Los Angeles Chapter of the Links where she served two terms as president.  

Later as her family and children grew, Dottie became a devoted grandmother to Paige, Paul Jr., and Christina. She continued the legacy to the next generation with the family home becoming the meeting place for her grandchildren, and their friends, and families.  

Dorothy was preceded in death by her mother Gladys DePriest, father James Crawford DePriest, and son Christopher C. Dotson III. Those left to cherish her memories are husband Dr. Christopher Dotson Jr., daughter Jamie Cipriana, daughter-in-law Carol Dotson, and son-in-law William Prophet, grandchildren: Christina Cipriani, Paige Cipriani, and Paul Ciprciani Jr., stepgrandchildren: Elliot Prophet and Adam Lint; special friends Pat Daggett, Joan Holton, and Noelle Holton.

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The family of Dorothy "Dottie" Dotson would like to thank you for the many acts of loving-kindness shown to us during our bereavement. Your thoughtfulness is deeply appreciated and will always be remembered.

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