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Doris Dellen
Service: To be announced
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On Monday January 14th, 2019, Doris Williams Dellen, beloved mother of Karen Silverman (Steve) of Montgomery Village, MD, Patricia Uniatowski (Robert) of Middletown, DE, Debra D Faulkner (Paul) of South Boston, VA, Pamela Dellen (Dusty Rhodes) of Ninety Six, SC, David of South Boston, VA, and Christopher of Ashton, MD, beloved Nana of 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 34 years Dr. Joseph E. Dellen.

Doris M Williams was born on February 19, 1925, in Weatherly, Pennsylvania, to Edith Estelle Grimm and Ernest Lester Williams.  Two brothers, Reverend Philip Williams and Ernest Wiliams Jr., preceded her in death.

She was married at her alma matter, Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA, to Joseph Edward Dellen in 1947.

After their marriage, the couple moved to New York City, where she began her career in Social Work, counseling disadvantaged youth in Harlem.

In 1951 the couple left for France for one year, which then became 18 years of living abroad.  During that time, they lived in Frankfurt Germany, Old Windsor, England, and Tokyo Japan. 

During this time, Dr. Dellen was the Director of the University of Maryland Far East Program, while Doris raised six children.

They returned to Maryland in 1969.  Upon their arrival back in the U.S., Doris took a position as director of the Family Center, a pre-school hosted on the campus of the University of Maryland.

She continued her education toward a Masters Degree, later becoming a Child Life Worker at the Children’s Hospital National Medical Center in Washington DC.  She devoted her life to the care and well being of sick children and offered support to their families.

Upon her retirement, she attended weekly classes at Johns Hopkins University through the Evergreen Society until the age of 88.  She traveled often to Europe to visit family and friends, her final trip to England was with children, grandchildren and great grandchildren in 2013.  She continued to travel to Alaska and the Southwest during this time. Her remaining years were spent hosting family gatherings at her home in Silver Spring, traveling annually to Pennsylvania to visit relatives and friends in Weatherly.

Doris touched the lives of everyone she knew, taught her family the true meaning of “living life to it’s fullest” and was loved by all .  A celebration of her Life will be held at a later date.

Expressions of Sympathy can be made in the form of donations to the Children’s Hospital Foundation.

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