Dorothy F. Glass, 94, of Rumford, RI, entered into heavenly rest on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. She is survived by her children; Vicki Alvarado and husband, Charlie, of Los Angeles, CA; Cynthia Brown of East Providence, RI; Georgeanne Glass of Los Angeles, CA; William Glass of Los Angeles, CA; Tammy Glass of Cranston, RI, and Casey Glass of Rumford, RI; brothers, Roland Kimbrough and wife, Betty, of Williamsburg, VA; and James Kimbrough of San Diego, CA. She is upheld in memory by 8 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews, living across the states. Dorothy is predeceased by her husband, George O. Glass, sisters Yvonne Hogan and Archie Marie Kimbrough; and daughter, Veronica Glass.
Living * Learning * Loving
Dorothy was raised in the church. For as long as she could remember, she had been reciting prayers and scriptures and singing praises to the Lord. She always said that even when she tried to let go of Him, He never took His hand off of her, and she would always serve Him for continuing to bless her and her family. This is the seed she planted in every life she touched. Family and service were at the core of her values and she worked and lived in service to others. She grew in His light, spread wide His love, and rests in His arms.
As a student, she excelled, having learned the Lord’s Prayer by the time she was 4. Her continued scholarship earned her the status of salutatorian of her graduating class in 1942 though, she was not allowed to address her classmates. She took great pride in being studious and intelligent – and she doted on her family for maintaining this brightness. Her professional career even led her into the Dayton Public School system as an administrator and liaison – because she always made learning easy on teachers and students. After she retired, she often walked her grandchildren to school, attended their programs, volunteered at functions, and aided their faculty and staff. This was her blessing to her family – that she could be there to help teach their children. In her free time, it wasn’t uncommon to find her working busily through puzzle books, always giving favor to the word puzzles. She believed you couldn’t get anywhere if you couldn’t talk to people, so you needed words. Many would be surprised to know that she was a prolific writer throughout high school and early adulthood. Her pen name, Joylette, and those of her closest friends, would later become family names shared across generations. Outside the classroom, Dorothy was still teaching – only this time it was her love of God and all He had been in her life. She was an esteemed, licensed evangelist and she had studied and learned the Lord more fervently than anything.
Learning and living in the Lord was how she loved. It was her light. She always knew how the Word could soothe or calm or focus – whatever was needed. She loved beautiful music, whether it made you cry or sing and dance. She was a fixture in her home churches and a presence in every congregation she visited. As she relocated from coast to coast, and back again, these congregations became her family as much as her own relatives. In her adult life, she served as a member at Wayman A.M.E. Church in Dayton, OH; First A.M.E Church in Los Angeles, CA; Bethel A.M.E. CHurch and Allen A.M.E. Church, both of Providence, RI; Haven United Methodist Church in East Providence, RI and Epworth United Methodist Church in Pawtucket, RI.