February 19, 1927 ~ February 29, 2024 (age 97) 97 Years Old


Dorothy S. Fraser, 97, of Williamsport MD, returned home to the Lord, Thursday, February 29, 2024, at Twin Oaks Assisted living.

Born February 19, 1927, in Washington D.C., she was the daughter of the late Newell Thrift Stiles and Mary Elizabeth (Shaw) Stiles.

In addition to her parents, Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Donald B. Fraser of Rockville, MD; her grandfather Edgar M. Shaw and grandmother Sarah Fairbanks Robinson Shaw of Washington, DC; her brother Newell T. Stiles of Leonardtown, MD; sister Cynthia Stiles of Washington, DC; mother-in-law Charlotte Louise Porath Eno Fraser Holz; and cousins Marilyn Shaw Slatick and Arthur R. Shaw.

Dorothy is survived by her four sons, Donald B. Fraser, Jr., of Purcellville, VA; Mark N. Fraser of Longview TX; Frank M. Fraser of Williamsport, MD; and Peter F. Fraser of Columbia, MO; as well as 12 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Nancy Stiles and Nancy's children - Linda, Laurie, Stephen, Susan and Erika; cousin Edgar Shaw and wife Priscilla and their two sons, Michael and Jason; Carol Slatick; niece Dale Eno Shore and family; and loving daughters-in-law Bernadette Sullivan (Donald), Martha Fraser (Frank) and Tammy Fraser (Peter).

 A native Washingtonian and member of the "Greatest Generation," Dorothy grew up in the Brightwood section of Northwest Washington, D.C. attending Brightwood Elementary School, Paul Junior High School and Calvin Coolidge High School -- where she met her future husband -- graduating in 1945. She attended Ohio University in Athens, OH and American University in Washington, DC. majoring in Art. She was a professional artist, working in the Advertising and Display Department of the Hecht Company and as a draftsman with Davies Laboratories in Hyattsville, MD before becoming a full-time homemaker, wife and mother. When each of her four sons entered secondary schools, Dorothy worked in local Montgomery County real estate; in a clerical position with the City of Rockville Recreation and Public Works Departments; and retired from the Montgomery County School System in 1987 having worked in Elementary, Junior and Senior High Schools in the county as a Librarian Assistant and staff artist for over 13 years. She took great joy in the care and nurturing of her family; tending her gardens; continuing her artwork, painting in oils, acrylics and watercolors; and singing alto in the church choir for many years. 

Before her husband's passing, Dorothy and Donald enjoyed extended trips to the United Kingdom visiting England, Scotland and Ireland; Europe where they enjoyed a Rhine River cruise; the Caribbean Virgin Islands; and visiting their son Mark, stationed in Hawaii with the U.S. Army. Entering widowhood in 1992, Dorothy remained active, pursuing recreational bowling, dancing and took an investment position in racehorses. She cruised aboard Her Royal Majesty's Ship Queen Elizabeth II from New York to the British Virgin Islands, a life-long wish. She also traveled to Germany to Oberammergau to experience the famed Oberammergau Passion Play, first performed in 1634 and every ten years afterward. Dorothy was a member of the Thomas Stone Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. A confirmed Episcopalian since 1946, she attended Trinity Episcopal Church in Takoma Park, MD and Christ Episcopal Church in Rockville, Md.

A Memorial service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, Rockville MD at 11:00 AM, Saturday 29 June 2024.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, 875 N. Randolph Street, Suite 225, Arlington, VA 22203 | (800) 654-8364;

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, Suite 305 1360 Beverly Road, McLean, VA 22101; or American Heart Association Montgomery County Division 7300 Whittier Blvd. Bethesda MD

Arrangements were made with J.L. Davis Funeral Home, Smithburg, MD, and online condolences can be offered at


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