“Dot,” as she was affectionately called, lived for many years in Rochester before moving to Madison. She returned to Rochester this past April due to health issues. She is survived by daughters: Norma (Donald) Harris of Rochester, N.Y., Gayle Coffie of Madison and Dorothy Mae Coffie-Wade of Jacksonville, Fl. four brothers: Wilbert Birden of Detroit, Mich,, Bernard (Cynthia) Miller of Waycross, Ga., Willie (Linda) Gulley of Kirbyville, Tex.. and Clarence (Gwendolyn) Miller of Waycross, Ga.; two sisters, Peggy Miller-Tilley of Savannah, Ga. and Mildred Rembert of Rochester, N.Y.; four sisters-in-law, Evelyn Birden of Miami Charlie Mae Givens of Madison, Costean Gulley of Rochester, N.Y., and Ella Ruth (A.W.) Tillman of Madison; one brother-in-law:, Willie (Doris) Givens of Madison; and a devoted companion, Wallace Day of Madison; 10 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Dorothy was a very sociable person who truly enjoyed life. She will be sorely missed.
Her family wishes to thank the Madison community for all of the kindness and support extended to Dorothy during her many years of illness.
Friends are invited to attend a celebration of her life on Saturday, September 24, 2011 at Morning Star Baptist Church, 373 S.E. Booker Street, Madison, with Rev. Oliver Bradley and Rev. Eugene Coffie bringing words of comfort.