Dortha Elisse Anderson, affectionately known as “Umpa”, was born on August 20, 1953 to the late Robert Lee Anderson, Jr. and the late Odessa M. Anderson in Norfolk, Virginia. She is pre-deceased by her siblings: Barbara Aminta Anderson, Michael Warren Anderson, Robert Ellsworth Anderson, Jennifer Lorraine Anderson-Chrisp, and Cheryl Elizabeth Anderson.
As a child, Dortha began developing her character as an individual of compassion, dedication and commitment. She attended Liberty Park Elementary School, Ruffner Junior High, and graduated in 1972 from Granby High School. After graduation, she earned an Associates Degree from Kee’s Business College and worked at several retail stores, including Roses and Woolco. Her career path led her to Norfolk State University (NSU), where she worked with Auxiliary Enterprises and Campus Police. After 30 years of service at NSU, she retired from the position of Dispatcher Supervisor in September 2015.
Dortha met Mr. Leon Allen in 1968 and from this relationship was born a daughter, Vicki Lissette and a son, Victor Leon.
Dortha was a truly giving soul who took care of everyone she met. She accepted the Lord Jesus Christ, and was baptized in 1988, and has always remained dedicated to God and the local Church. She was a member of Gideon’s Riverside Fellowship, under the leadership of Dr. Milton A. Reid; and New Covenant Fellowship Baptist Church, Rev. Clyde L. Doxey, Jr., Pastor. As a dedicated member of New Covenant, she served in various capacities: Church Clerk, The Voices of New Covenant, and the Missions and Women’s Ministry. She loved her pastor and church family dearly and was a willing and active supporter wherever needed.
Dortha was known for her God-given creativity and talent in designing birthday, holiday, retirement, and church cards, programs, bulletins, and obituaries. She loved to see her clients light up when she presented them with the finished product. She never asked for anything in return.
Dortha leaves to carry on her legacy of love: daughter Vicki Lissette Pearson of Dunwoody, GA; son Victor Leon Anderson (Malissa) of Powder Springs, GA; grandchildren Tru Anderson, Noah Stovall, Lake Stovall, Forrest Stovall, Kashmir Thomas, Elijah Thomas, Lyberti Thomas; siblings Kevin Anderson (Ellen), Keith Anderson (Natalie), Darryl Anderson, Wilford Anderson, Geral Collins (Tony), and Myra Patterson (Joseph Jr.), all of Norfolk, VA; Manya Brown (Charles) of Dallas, TX; and Albert Chrisp (Tywanna) of Baltimore, MD; a bonus daughter, Angela Hammond; a host of nieces, nephews, and extended relatives and friends, including her best friend Marcia Threats.