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~By Robbie Snow

Dorothy Jackson

Dorothy Jackson - Elder of Knox church
If you wanted to use one word to describe Dorothy Jackson, that word would be caring.

Dorothy Jackson cares passionately about life and people. Knox is truly blessed to have that passion channeled through its congregation. It was Pat Smith who first introduced Dorothy to Knox in 1981. And it was Frank & Phyllis Hepburn who discovered this budding singer.

The idea for “Bakes All Kinds” came from my mother. She used to do it for her church in California, so I just brought it back to Knox. (Dorothy takes orders for baked goods and donates the profits from her sales to Knox.}

Dorothy’s passionate faith started in Texas, where she was born. She has lived on both the East and West Coasts (I really like the East Coast better. I like the seasons to change). But wherever she lived, she was involved in a church. In California it was the First AME Church; then Bethel AME in New York; Campbell AME in Washington, DC; and then Knox Presbyterian.

Dorothy’s other passionate concerns are her family — daughter, Dr. Carolyn Jackson Sahni, and two grandchildren, both pursuing degrees at John Hopkins and Georgetown, respectively — children in general, and her work in the silver and china department first at Woodward & Lothrop and now Hecht’s department stores.

Her caring for children is what prompted many of the cross-country moves. She was a family nurse and moved from Texas to New York, then to California, back to New York, and finally to Vienna Virginia. For the first 10 years or so of living here, she was a licensed family day care provider. Then she worked for Woodies. She is now working for her daughter at Wein Private Day Care, but still working part time at Hecht’s.

Learning is another passion of Dorothy’s. She attended NYU, has taken business courses, attended Bowie Community College, and is an avid member of the Knox Learning for Life classes. Besides being active in the choir and baking, Dorothy Jackson has served on session as the Member Care Elder and is a member of the Ruth Evening Circle.

As long as I m doing something to help someone else I'm happy. She said with a smile in her voice.

~~Thanks to Robbie Snow for the above interview.
Robbie will be reporting each month of the life of one of our Knox women.

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