Dorothy Mae Taylor Rish
Dorothy Mae Taylor Rish was born in Leesville, Louisiana to Emmett and Lena Mae Taylor on Sept 17, 1942. A couple of years later the Family moved to Diboll, Texas where her Christian Family up bringing continued when they joined Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church. This is where Dorothy found her love for music and singing in the Youth Choir. She had such a talented voice that she would mimic anybody’s voice. One of her favorite singers was Ella Fitzgerald, and she run a Jazz Scat at the drop of a dime. She also was able to play a tune or two on the piano. Her other favorite thing to do was puzzles, especially Sudoku which was her favorite.
After graduating from H. G. Temple High School as one of the top students in her class, she moved to Los Angeles, CA. Her sharp intellect allowed her to converse with anyone in any forum at any time. Dorothy married Richard Rish and they had 4 sons to this union. Her great common sense and street smarts kept her prepared for everyday challenges living in Watts while raising her 4 boys. Everything in life now centered around God and her Boys. The love for her boys was so great it extended to their friends and the children in the community, so she became the community Mom. If you needed help Aunt Fox was the one to see.
As a member of ST. John United Methodist Church, she continued to sing in the church choir. Dorothy was known as Mom Dorothy in the neighborhood. Her love for God allowed her to direct young people headed down a wrong path to a true path with new and wonderfully blessed expectations without putting you down or stepping on your back. She was a wealth of information to young people. After she would lovingly correct you and send you on the correct path, she would then feed you. Even though Mom Dorothy wasn’t fond of cooking, she would always be ready to go out and get some good food.
In 1972, Dorothy started working in the Los Angeles County Clerk Office. After receiving a promotion to Supervisor for Archives Child Support Services; She was then promoted to the District Attorney’s Office as Head Supervisor for the Dept of Child Support Services. For 36 years, Ms. Rish was committed and dedicated to her job with the DA Office as Supervisor for Department of Child Support Services in Torrance, CA. When she announced her retirement in 2008 rumor has it that a number of protesters gathered outside the Torrance Office with signs that read “O No! Say It Isn’t So”, “Pretty Please Don’t Go”. They blocked her van and had to call the police to control the crowd protesting a retiring employee. A police source said, “She must be extremely Loved.” (written by Nakia Boxley).
The multitude of Nieces and Nephews referred to her as Aunt Fox because she was the most updated Hip/Know it all /adult Foxy Momma in our lives. Aunt Fox was the BEST Mother/Sister/Auntie to us all with her great sense of humor and excellent memory. Debra Ann states she was Mother Auntie with her easy guiding hand of Love and no Judgement. If we had failed or was feeling low, she was always there to help us get up with stern loving truth and Faith in God. Amongst her siblings they would call her Trouble; because she was always instigating for the truth when the siblings were trying to hide something from their parents.
She was preceded in death by her Parents, Emmett & Lena Taylor; her siblings, Queen King, Deora Odoms, Charles Taylor, Helen Bray, Ruthie Owens, Melvin Taylor and Darlene Taylor; and her two sons Ricky Rish and Raymond Rish. She will be forever cherished and remembered by her sons– Darrell Rish ( Sonya); and Lionel Gerard Rish; Grandchildren – Latonya, Darnisha, Miracle, and DJ and two great grandchildren-McKai & Londyn; and One Sister in Law, Oriz Taylor; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Rest in Heavenly Peace now Dot. You fought the good fight of faith and now God has called you to rest in His Eternal Presence! No more pain and suffering just peace and joy! Don’t worry about Roddie and Darrell, we got them covered, so rest and we’ll see you when we get there! Love your forever Patti LaBelle (Sheleta -Sonya’s Sister)
Such a beautiful spirit to bless this earth!
Sweet Dorothy was gentle in spirit yet had a kind of feisty playfulness that I loved. When she looked at me it was as if she was looking deep into my soul. She will live in my heart forever. Rest with the ones you and I love. Until we see each other again, with Love, Michelle
What an amazing, talented, loving woman, not only for the wonderful family she raised, but for all she did to support and love those who needed it most.
The earth mourns her loss and heaven rejoices to have her their angel home.
No more crying here, you are going to see the King! We will carry on your good works until we meet again…Love Robin Metric aka Dot; Met; Mae
I had little knowledge of your life, I am in awe in reading this for the very first time! It was a great honor to have been blessed with the opertunity to care for you in your last days/hours of life! May your beautiful family be blessed and comforted through this time of morning for you have now become a beautiful angel of ours!
Ms Dot you will truly be missed. I loved the time I was able to spend with you, caring for you, singing with you. Thank you for sharing your love and grace with me.
Dorothy Mae Taylor Rish was a loving and devoted auntie who made family life fun. She often visited her sisters in Albuquerque and we would stay up late reminiscing and laughing at family secrets. Aunt Dot was a child of God’s, a warrior for Christ. She loved her work and took pride in working at the District’s Attorney office as head supervisor of Child Support Services. She loved her boys and was proud of their accomplishments as well. Aunt Dorothy, may God continue to Bless you and keep you in His care. May he supply all your needs and comfort family in this time of need. We love you, and will always cherish the time we had together. Love, Annie
The small time I got to visit you and your family I can tell you was a amazing woman and you are very loved . I’m glad I had the honor to take care of you and make you comfortable on your last days . Heaven has gained a angel .
I am so very grateful for the love you showed me over the years. I will never forget how you embraced my family and the friendship you shared with my Mom. Your personality, style, sense of humor and beautiful smile will truly be missed. You are in heaven now with the rest of our families including Bella Jean. Rest in Paradise Mom. Love You Always🙏❤
I am forever grateful for the love you showed me over the years. Thank you for welcoming me into the family. Your beautiful smile and sense of humor will be missed. Rest in Paradise with our family members and your fur grand-doggy Bella Jean. Love you Always, Velita
Even time will not erase memories of our September family Birthday parties where we would tease others for not being an awesome Virgo! Your quick wit & contagious laughter will be missed! Rest in peace. Lisa J & Family.
Thank you for your beautiful legacy and service to all you met. I remember you as being straightforward and always making us laugh. I also believe that you were my dad’s favorite aunt and he didn’t hide that. You will be missed, but I know you’re in good company. Love the Kings (Emmett’s family)
Wow what a amazing women. Thank you Darrell for sharing.
She’s an amazing person sorry for your loss darrell
She sounds like an amazing women.
Rest in peace
Looking back over the last 48 years. I can’t imagine you not being a phone call away. Dot was one of a kind she could keep it real. Thank you for being a friend.
You will be missed my amazing Aunt. I know God has his hands full with all the Taylor women up there in Heaven. I love you and say thank you for teaching me.
Thank you my amazing aunt. Rest in heaven.