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Jean Ferrell Dorsey passed away on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at the WVU Berkeley Medical Center. 

Born on July 2, 1924, Jean was the daughter of the late Ruth and Edgar Ferrell. She grew up on her parents farm in Brunswick, MD. Jean was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. After raising her family, she worked for the late Dr. Mildred Williams for many years.

Jean was a member of the Charles Town Presbyterian Church where she sang in the choir, was a founding member of the Geneva Ringers Hand Bell Choir and a member of the Supper Club. She was a member of the Charles Town Garden Club and the Charles Town Cotillion. She loved dancing and entertaining and was known for her many decorated cakes, cookies, and candies.  Jean enjoyed bowling (both duckpin and 10 pin), walking and water aerobics, gardening, crafting and crocheting and playing cards.  But what she loved most was preparing and sharing Sunday evening dinner with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 68 years, Philip Gerald “Friz” Dorsey, sisters Helen O’Leary and husband Pat, Louise Noll Allen and husband John Noll, Ruth Ellen Wilmot and husband Bill, Thelma Grams and husband Bill, one brother, Ed Ferrell, sister in law Evelyn Grant and husband Pat, and brother in law Edgar “Buddy” Smoot.

She is survived by her daughter Laura Crosby and husband Bing, and her son Philip “Flip” Dorsey and wife Patty; 4 wonderful grandsons, Blake Crosby and wife Ryan, Philip Dorsey and wife Jennifer, Christopher Dorsey and wife Amanda, and Tyler Torlone and wife Nicole, her great-grandchildren: Marlee, Jordan, Easton, Sofia, Taryn, Jaxon, and Jasmine and her sister in law Vivian “Biddy” Dorsey Smoot, brother in law Merle Allen and sister in law Patricia Toms Ferrell.

 A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date (to be announced), at Charles Town Presbyterian Church, followed by a gathering in the church fellowship hall.

 In lieu of flowers to the family, memorial donations may be made to Charles Town Presbyterian Church, P.O. 89, Charles Town, WV 25414.

Arrangements are by the Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town.

Please sign the online guestbook and view her obituary at


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