Dorothy Dell Morrison-Gordon was born April 5, 1926 in Mexia, Texas to loving parents Frank Morrison, Sr. and Rozella Hamilton-Morrison. Her mother, Rozella transitioned when she was 5 years old and she was raised by Christina Morrison affectionately known as “Mother Dear.” She was the 4th of 6 children. She graduated from Fremont Adult School and continued her education at California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) and received her Bachelors and Masters in Psycology in he late 1970’s.
Dorothy received Christ at an earlier age and rededicated her life as an adult at the Church of Christ. Prior to her health failing, she was an active member of the Church of Christ in Los Angeles.
In 1943, Dorothy married Kenny Bernard Bly and from that union came three beautiful daughters, Dorothy, Gloria and Carolyn. She later remarried in 1954 to Charles Gordon and from that union came the fourth daughter, Angela. During her early years of employment, Dorothy was deputized as the first African-American Female Clerk in Fort Worth, Texas court house.
In 1955, Dorothy relocated to Los Angeles, California with her four beautiful children. She continued her pursuit of several degrees; home ownership, becoming an entrepreneur and serving the community.
In the 1960’s, Dorothy was a nurse at the County General Hospital where she was able to do one of the things that she did best, care for and serve those in need.
Dorothy was a founding member of O.U.R.S. Social Club and was on a television program named “FOCUS” where she advocated for the increase in social security payments.
After the 1965 Watts Riot, Dorothy spoke to the McCone Commission to discuss the problems that plagued the community such= as poverty, lack of jobs and reoccurring violence.
Later, Dorothy opened a soul food restaurant in Los Angeles named “Triple XXX” on Vermont and Florence, where she employed family and friends.
Her most requested dish was Chitterlings and no one could leave without enjoying her homemade Peach Cobbler and tea cakes, which is still a secret family recipe to this day.
In January of 1972, Dorothy purchased her first home in the great City of Compton. In later years, she opened a tutorial service which later developed into a full-service educational learning center named “Applied Behavioral Science Institute” better known as A.B.Sci. Dorothy owned and operated this educational institution for over two decades until her retirement in the 1990’s.
Dorothy instilled in her children and grandchildren the importance of community service, political involvement, representation and having a voice in the community. She was well respected in the political community. Dorothy frequently volunteered in the campaigns of the Honorable Mervin Dymally, Bill Green, Billy G. Mills, Tom Bradley and Leon Ralph.
Dorothy was most passionate about educating young people, ensuring that they were able to read, spell and comprehend. She believed that these essential life skills enabled youth to succeed in life. Dorothy loved telling jokes, dancing, gardening, singing and spending quality with her family.
Dorothy had a green thumb for planting tomatoes, collard greens, onions and cabbage in her garden. She honored her southern roots by teaching her grandchildern canning to preserve fruits and vegetables from her garden. Dorothy really enjoyed the combination of peaches and cottage cheese, buttermilk and cornbread and peanut patties. Her favorite of all was some good ole’ cold Texas watermelon. Dorothy will be remembered for her early morning routine of waking up at 6:00 am, opening all of the windows and dancing and singing to “Down Home Blues.” Dorothy would often scream to her children and grandchildren, “Get up and hit the floor because the early bird gets the worm!”
In the early morning on Friday, October 9, 2015, God’s angels delivered Dorothy her wings as she took flight to her next assignment in Heaven. She was preceded in her journey by her father, Frank Morrison, Sr.; her mother, Rozella Hamilton-Morrison; her step-mother, Christina Morrison (“Mother Dear”);Sister, Louise Spigner; Brother, Frank Morrison; Sister, Rosie Marie Ford, Brother-in-law, John C. Williams,Jr and grand daughter, Rashaun Williams-Alsberry. She leaves to cherish and honor her memory, her faithful and devoted daughters Dorothy N. Vann, Gloria Dean Williams, Carolyn Joyce McIntosh (W.D.), and Angela Verdell Gordon-Nichols (Arnold,Sr.); her grandchildren Mechel, Sharnette, Darnell, Errick, Ladore, Isadore, Keith, Blythe, Christina, Chanel, Arnold, Jr. and Porsche along with a host of great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and good friends. As family, friends and neighbors waved farewell, Dorothy heard the voice of Abraham, Issac and Jacob saying, “Welcome, welcome, welcome.”
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN