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Dorothy Vassos

Dorothy Vassos

SILVER SPRING, MD: Dorothy Maxwell Vassos, of Silver Spring, MD, died unexpectedly at Renaissance Gardens, on Friday, May 4, 2012. "Dottie" as she was known to her family and friends, was born on October 22, 1922 in Hendersonville to the late George W. and Molly S. Maxwell. She is the widow of Louis S. "Steve" Vassos, and Daniel Guerino, a first husband who died during World War II. One of nine siblings, Dottie is also preceded in death by two brothers, Ralph and Lloyd Maxwell, and three sisters, Evelyn Luttrell, Pauline Clingenpeel, and Gussie Reichle.

Dottie is survived by: two brothers and a sister, Murgle Maxwell, J.Z Maxwell, and Louise Willard; her three children, Denise Moutafis (Timothy), Kim Vassos, and Steven Vassos(Chrissy); three grandchildren, Suzanne Vassos, Alexander Moutafis and Nikolas Moutafis; and much-loved nieces and nephews.

Dottie attended high school in Hendersonville before moving to Washington, D.C. during the war years. In 1947, she married Louis Vassos and eventually settled in Hyattsville, MD, where she made many close relationships with her neighbors and community. After years as a telephone operator, Dottie retired from the C & P Telephone Company, to spend more time gardening and enjoying her family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, June 29, 2012 at Shepherd Memorial Park's Mausoleum Chapel with Reverend Tim Worthington officiating. Burial will follow at Shepherd Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Riderwood Village, 3110 Gracefield Road, Silver Spring, MD 20904, Attn. Fiona Divecha, Student Scholarship Fund

A register book is available online for family and friends by visiting

Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center is in charge of arrangements.