Helen Elizabeth “Bettye” Dorsett

Helen Elizabeth “Bettye” Dorsett

District of Columbia, USA
Death 27 Feb 2007 (aged 79)
Parkville, Baltimore County, Maryland, USA
Burial Beallsville, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Plot Row K, Lot 41 Upper, Site 5
Memorial ID 18501664 · View Source
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Frederick News-Post, March 18, 2007

Ms. Helen Elizabeth "Bettye" Dorsett, a Baltimore City Public Schools teacher, supervisor and principal, died at Oak Crest Village in Parkville, Tuesday, February 27, 2007.

She was the daughter of the late Telfair Bowie Dorsett and Helen Elizabeth Jeffrey Dorsett, dairy farmers of Beallsville.

Born in Washington, D.C., on March 22, 1927, she spent her childhood in Upper Marlboro, Prince Georges County, graduating from Upper Marlboro High School in 1944. Employment at the General Accounting Office in Washington, D.C., followed her graduation.

In 1946, she entered University of Maryland, College Park, graduating in 1950 with degrees in sociology and economics. She returned to her government work but moved in 1954 to intern in Baltimore City schools. By 1957 she was supervising student teachers at Montebello Elementary School and teaching demonstrations lessons on television

She was promoted to specialist in 1964 and earned her masters degree in education at Towson State College in 1966. In 1969 she became assistant principal of City Springs Elementary School, and was promoted to principal in 1974. Two years later, she was transferred to principal of Hazelwood Elementary School from which she retired in 1984.

Her Dorsett ancestry traces back to Jamestown, Va., where Captain Thomas Graves arrived in 1608. She descends from many colonial leaders in Southern Maryland including Richard Bennett, appointed by Oliver Cromwell as governor of Maryland and Virginia from 1652 to 1655. Another ancestor, Alexander Magruder, born 1610 in Scotland, died in Prince Georges County in 1677. Bettye's grandfather, William Newman Dorsett, was one of the American Clan Gregor Society founders in 1906. She often attended these annual, national Scottish conventions.

She was predeceased by her siblings, Barbara Dorsett Wells, William Newman Dorsett and Thomas Somervel Dorsett and his wife Mary Frances.

Never married, Bettye is survived by nine nieces and their families, Robert and Pamela Wells MacKenzie of Ellicott City, William and Leslie Wells Flanigan of Clarksville, Bernard and Deborah Wells Nolan of Upper Marlboro, Gene and Martha Wells Appleby of Middletown, Marjorie Dorsett King of Hedgesville, Mary Dorsett Prichard of Hedgesville, W.Va., Carol Dorsett of Frederick, Michael and Elizabeth Dorsett Creaghan of Mount Airy and Christine Dorsett of Poolesville; cousins, Robert Rawlings of Clarksburg, W.Va. and Lauren Fleming; grandnieces and nephews, Clinton Appleby, Andrew MacKenzie, Kelly MacKenzie, Brian Flanigan, Collin Flanigan, Katherine Flanigan, Alice Beach Watcher, Samuel Price Jr., Paul Pritchard and Tyler Dorsett. Her grand-nieces were Megan Watcher and Ashee Painter.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at the Oak Crest Village Center at 8810 Walther Blvd., Parkville. The urn interment will be held at the Monocacy Cemetery in Beallsville at a private ceremony. Contributions can be made to the American Alzheimer's association or the National Teacher's Association.

The family owned Evans Funeral Chapel and Cremation Services, Parkville, is in charge of arrangements.

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