Dorothea A. “Dottie” Stubbs, a retired special education teacher and former Perry Hall resident, died Sept. 6 from heart disease at the Augsburg Lutheran Home in Arbutus. She was 100.
The former Dorothea Anita Sprainis, the daughter of Andrew Sprainis, a bar owner, and his wife, Bettye Mills, a celebrated 1930s and 1940s Block ecdysiast, was born in Baltimore and raised in Pigtown.
Her mother was known as “Baltimore’s Texas Guinan,”named for the “larger-than-life Texas chorus girl turned saloon keeper, Mary Louise Cecilia,” reported The Baltimore Sun in 2012, who greeted patrons of her New York speakeasy with her famous “Hello, suckers.”
After graduating from Southern High School, Mrs. Stubbs attended what is now Towson University. During the 1960s and 1970s, she was a special education teacher in Baltimore public schools, including Northwood Elementary School.
From the late 1970s until retiring in 2002, she was a special education and math teacher at the School of the Chimes in Mount Washington.
During the 1950s, she was host of “Dottie Makes a Dress” on WMAR-TV.
Mrs. Stubbs was a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority and the Order of the Eastern Star. She had been a resident of the Augsburg Lutheran Home since 2013, where she enjoyed Bible study and bingo.
She was a member since 1929 of Christ Lutheran Church, where she taught Sunday school, volunteered at the Wednesday healing service and was the first female member of the Monday Morning Men’s Counting Club.
She was married in 1941 to James Thomas Lee Stubbs, manager of the St. Agnes Hospital laundry, who died in 2012.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at her church, 701 S. Charles St., Federal Hill.