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Dorothy "Stea" White

June 4, 1928 August 12, 2020
Dorothy "Stea" White
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Obituary for Dorothy "Stea" White

Dorothy White, affectionally known as “Stea” was born to the late Merdis Rayford on June 4, 1928 in DeLand, Florida. She graduated from Bronson High School. She spent the next 40 years living in New York where she enjoyed a wonderful life and developed a passion for health and fitness. She worked in the garment industry for many years and retired from AT&T after a 30-year career. During those years she met and married the late Wade White and that union produced their only child, Debra White.
Stea was a loving, thoughtful, giving and caring person. She was a living example of “If I can help somebody as I travel along, then my living shall not be in vain.” These were words she lived by. She also had a passion for cooking; especially her signature dishes, and for making sure no one left her table hungry.
Stea has been a member of Greater Union First Baptist Church for over 50 years. She loved her church, her pastor and she proudly proclaimed Greater Union Inspirational Choir, under the direction of Mr. Stan Whitted, as “her” choir. She was also a member of Le Femmes & Les Hommes Theatre and Travel Club in New York where she traveled extensively and a member of the Chisholm Center Golden Gems Social Club in Deland.
Dorothy loved to style and look good. She was a proud, classy and elegant lady who was a beautiful soul both inside and out. She was a jazzy lady with a subtle sense of humor who loved to entertain and didn’t believe in half stepping.
On August 12th 2020, the loving and dedicated mother, god-mother, half-sister, adopted (mother, grandmother, sister), respected member of the community, caring friend, supportive neighbor, aunt and cousin answered her heavenly father’s call.

She leaves to cherish her memories her greatest joy in life, her daughter Debra White; stepsister Betty Washington. Cousins: Artrella Hill, Japhine Shevers, Veronica Watson, Lawrence and Faye Watson, Isaac and Catherine Watson, Brenda Reid, Gwen Norman, Marlene McCullough, Dwight and Keith McCullough, adopted-brother Charlie Robinson, adopted-son Benjamin Taylor, adopted-grandsons Lance Pearson and Brian Doyle and god-daughters Anne Short and Alberta Williams along with a myriad of friends and beloved relatives left to cherish her memories.

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Visitation

Friday

21

Aug

5:00 PM 8/21/2020 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 8/21/2020 7:00:00 PM
J. E. Cusack Mortuary

727 S. Stone Street
DeLand, FL 32720

IN KEEPING WITH COVID-19 SOCIAL DISTANCING TEN (10) PERSONS AT A TIME WILL BE ALLOWED INSIDE FOR VIEWING. WEARING A MASK IS REQUIRED.

J. E. Cusack Mortuary
727 S. Stone Street DeLand 32720 FL
United States

Service

Saturday

22

Aug

11:00 AM 8/22/2020 11:00:00 AM
Ruth Johnson Cusack Memorial Chapel

727 South Stone Street
DeLand, FL 32720

*** In Keeping With COVID-19 Social Distancing Guidelines,Seating will be limited to 20 persons in the Chapel. Wearing a Mask is Required.

Ruth Johnson Cusack Memorial Chapel
727 South Stone Street DeLand 32720 FL
United States
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