Dorothy Mae Quarles was born to the late George Quarles and Rosetta Butler Quarles on December
31, 1927. She was the only child born to this union. She departed this life on April 10, 2023 in
Sister Quarles was educated in the Washington, DC public school system and was employed with the
Department of Navy located in Arlington, Virginia as a Military Personnel Clerk. She worked in this
capacity for forty-two years upon her retirement.
Sister Quarles was a life-long resident of the District of Columbia. After a brief illness, in 2005 she
was moved to the Unique Rehabilitation & Health Center in Washington, DC. Sister Quarles quickly
made friends with her fellow residents and the Center’s staff. She enjoyed participating in all the
social activities and could be found dancing at these events.
Sister Quarles joined Canaan Baptist Church, Washington, DC during the early 1950’s under the
pastorate of the late Rev. Dr. M. Cecil Mills. At Canaan she was a member of the Friday Night Bible
Study class, the Royal Workers Club; where she served as Secretary and Assistant Secretary, and the
Canaan Choral Ensemble. Fond memories of Sister Quarles’ time with the Ensemble was her
laughter, smile, willingness to help, and her love for singing. During the Ensemble’s Christmas
parties, she would be the only one dancing and twirling on the dance floor!
Sister Quarles leaves to cherish her memory: her Canaan church family, the residents and staff of the
Unique Rehabilitation & Health Center, Sister Sheryl Ellison-Blue (legal guardian) and a host of
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