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Donna J. Dorros (Age 90)
Service: March 28, 2018 (Wednesday) at 11:00 a.m.
Location: Covenant United Methodist Church, 20301 Pleasant Ridge Drive, Montgomery Village, MD 20886

Mrs. Donna J. Dorros age 90 went home to be with the Lord in eternal peace on March 18th 2018. She died at home surrounded by family. Donna Dorros was born July, 14th 1927 in Newark Ohio. She graduated with top honors from Newark High School, Newark Ohio in 1945.  She was awarded a scholarship for being the top winner in an essay writing contest.  Donna used the award funds to relocate to Washington, DC in 1945 by herself at the age of 18. Donna attended night classes at George Washington University and began her career by working as an Administrative Assistant at the Department of the Navy from 1945 until 1947. During this time she met and married Leroy Preudhomme of Cedarhurst N.Y in 1947.  Her career over the next several decades beyond being an amazing mother raising 3 sons included working as a Librarian, being an Editor of a weekly newspaper in Va. and a Coordinator at the National Education Association where she met the second love of her life, Sidney Dorros, and finally a Publicity Coordinator at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland where she retired in 1981. During this time Donna had 3 sons, Donald, Bruce and Mark; they were the heart of all she loved and held dear. Donna loved her sons with a love so deep and unconditionally. Donna divorced from Leroy in 1977. Donna dated and then married Sidney Dorros in January 1982. Donna was devoted and loved Sid and his family deeply. She was blessed by 4 step-children:  Arthur, Ellen, Carol and Dave.  A deep loss and sorrow occurred when Sidney passed away from Parkinson’s in 1993. She became Sid’s advocate and caretaker. She considered Sid the great love of her life. Alongside of Sid she helped develop advocacy and support groups focusing on both the patient and the caregiver- a role she understood deeply. She was the first editor for a Parkinson’s support group “PSGA” newsletter. She evolved into the Regional director of PSGA. Donna was the Co-founder of the Upper Montgomery County PSGA, while leading the organization from 1993 until her retirement well after Sid’s death. She toured the world and spoke about the many facets of the disease and coping with Parkinson’s at workshops, medical conferences and focus groups. She was the co-author of a series of essays: Parkinson’s Patient Perspectives. Donna loved her family with such unconditional love. The center of her world was always family and faith.  Her second passion was reading and being engaged in social justice and political activism. She was the moderator for the “Friday Panera Group” for over 10 years, where she would select the topics and engage and moderate discussions about current affairs through the lens of faith. She was actively involved with her church family at Covenant United Methodist Church whom she loved and drew much strength from. She was a fierce believer in prayer and forgiveness. She was a veracious reader, currently finishing 1-3 books weekly even with diminished eyesight. She currently enjoyed her Panera group, her Bible Study and book club. Donna is preceded in death by her mother-Beatrice Mossman, brother-Fred Mossman, sister-Gloria Brantley and Grand-daughter as well as name sake, Donna Preudhomme. She leaves behind Donald Preudhomme married to Cynthia Preudhomme, Bruce Preudhomme married to Suzanne Preudhomme and Mark Preudhomme married to Synthia Preudhomme. She leaves behind 3 grandchildren-Paul, Michelle and Ken Preudhomme. She leaves behind a Great Niece Windy Benton and her family. She has been blessed by 9 great grandchildren and 2 step-great grandchildren. The memorial service will be held at Covenant United Methodist Church 20301 Pleasant Ridge Dr. Montgomery Village MD  20886 on Wednesday, March 28, 2018  at 11:00 AM. The Interment of Ashes will be at Parklawn Cemetery 12800 Veirs Mill Rd. Rockville MD.  20853 at 1 pm. All are invited to share in fellowship and light refreshments at Covenant Methodist Church at 2:00 following the Interment. In lieu of flowers donations are requested to be made to the American Cancer Society.

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