Dorothy E. "Doris" Anderson, a former cosmetologist who helped build planes during World War II, died Sunday of ovarian cancer at Hospice Center of Queen Anne's County in Centreville. The former longtime Overlea resident was 86.
Dorothy Elizabeth Rassa was born in Baltimore and raised in Overlea. After graduating from Kenwood High School, she became a licensed cosmetologist, opening a beauty parlor with several sisters in their mother's Kenwood Avenue home.
With the outbreak of World War II, Mrs. Anderson went to work at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. plant in Middle River building warplanes.
In 1941, she married Dale Anderson, who later served as a Democratic Baltimore County executive from 1966 to 1974. He died in 1996.Mrs. Anderson had lived in Chester since 1988. Mrs. Anderson was an accomplished seamstress who made clothes for herself and her daughter.
She was a longtime communicant of St. Christopher's Roman Catholic Church in Chester, which is currently undergoing restoration.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, 5319 Ocean Gateway, Queenstown.
Surviving are a son, David L. Anderson of Millersville; a daughter, Mindy A. Voelker of Kent Island; a brother, William Rassa of Joppa; a sister, Margaret Caldwell of Middle River; two grandsons; and four great-grandchildren.