Reverend Dorothy Jean Webster age 72 of Maplewood passed away on January 17, 2020. She was the sixth child of 14 siblings born to the late Reverend William and Ovie Webster on April 22, 1947. She grew up in Brickey, Arkansas. Even at an early age, her parents noticed that Dorothy was a Spirit guided child who loved sharing and giving of herself to help others in need. She loved the outdoors and walking in the park. But most of all, she loved children.
On August 5, 1984, Dorothy was ordained as a minister by Rev. Ronald A. Smith at Open Door Baptist Church in Saint Paul. In 1994, she joined Morning Star Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Carl Walker, where she served as Associate Pastor, taught Sunday School and Bible Study, and a member of Women On The Move For Christ and Women Mentoring Ministry. She also helped to prepare Thanksgiving baskets for the community.
Dorothy would rise early each morning, fix her breakfast and sit at the kitchen table where the Bible was always open. She would study God’s Word from morning to dust, especially the Old Testament. Dorothy enjoyed going on vacation/retreats with her sisters to such places as Hawaii, Oral Roberts University-AZUA, The Sanctuary, Pacem in Terris, and family reunions.
Dorothy worked at the Gillette Company for 30+ years. After retirement, she returned home to Arkansas to take care of her aging parents, for 10 years, until their death. She was always a soldier for the Lord - “Send me, I will go…” John 13:20.
Upon her return home, she began tutoring students from Kindergarten thru 3rd grade in math and reading at Barack and Michelle Obama Elementary School and Maxfield Elementary School in Saint Paul, MN.
Reverend Webster is preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Patricia Ann Webster and Minnie Mae Richardson; also one brother, John Edward Webster. She will be forever remembered by her son, Fred Anthony Webster; two grandchildren, Ashley Soria (Brian) and Christian Anthony Webster; two great-grandsons, Eli Soria and Isaiah Soria; five sisters, Evangelist Lola Hughes, Mother Lottie McCaa, Virginia Young, Willie Veatrice Webster, and Elizabeth Webster; five brothers, Frank Webster, Bennie Webster, Mayor Charles Webster, William Earl Webster and Kennedy Lynn Webster, also a host of nieces, nephews, grand and great grands, cousins, lifetime friends and church family members.
Service 11:00 a.m. Friday January 24, 2020 at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 501 Lawson Ave. W., St. Paul. Interment Elmhurst Cemetery. Visitation 1 hour prior to the service at church (10:00 -11:00 a.m.).