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Dorothy May Saunders was born May 5, 1926 in Fort Pierce, Florida to the late Ernest J. Latimer, Sr. and the late Deansy L. Latimer.

“Dot”, as she was affectionately known, attended the local schools of St. Lucie County and graduated from Lincoln Park Academy.  She furthered her education at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Upon returning to her hometown, she worked for 30 years at Lincoln Park Academy and Fort Pierce Central High School as an English and drama teacher. 

She was a lifelong member of St. Paul AME Church of Fort Pierce, Florida.  She relocated to Ocala, Florida where she became a member of St. Paul AME Church of Ocala. 

She wmember of the Eta Eta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. where she worked diligently on various activities in the community.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest J. and Deansy L. Latimer; husbands, Sgt. Willie B. Ellis and Ernest Gordon; son, Reggan B. Ellis; sisters, Gerolyn L. Bynoe and Albertha Williams; and brother, Ernest J. Latimer, Jr.

Left to cherish her many fond memories are:  her husband, Tom Saunders of Ocala, FL; loving and dedicated son, Maxy B. Ellis of Fort Pierce, FL; brother, David (Willie Mae) Latimer of Orlando, FL; stepdaughters, Deborah Saunders of New Jersey and Saundra (Joe) Edwards and their children Blake Edwards and Cole Edwards; “granddaughters”, Hatticia Dover of Fort Pierce, FL and Hannah Benjamin of Ocala, FL; and a host of sorrowing nephews, nieces, family, and friends who will miss her dearly.

A visitation will be held 3PM to PM on November 30, 2016 at St. Paul A. M.E. Church. A funeral service will be held 12noon, December 1, 2016 at St. Paul A.M.E. Church, 1405 North 27th Street, Ft. Pierce, FL 34947.  Burial will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery, Ft. Pierce.


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  • Wednesday, November 30, 2016
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Stone Brothers Funeral Home
  • Thursday, December 01, 2016
    To: Maxy B. I express my deepest sympathy to you during the home-going of your beloved Mother. And I pray Almighty God and the sustaining peace of Christ Jesus comfort and keep you. Know the saints are pilgrims passing through from the land of the dying to the land of the living. Therefore, sweeter days are promised in eternity with our love ones and the Lord. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4
    ~ Pastor Sabrina A. Pope, Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church of Homestead, FL   Miami, FL
  • Thursday, December 01, 2016
    To Maxie and family may god keep you guys and remember moms smile keep serviceing god put him front of all smile look up in Jesus name you can make it will be miss but we have to do thy will .be strong in the lord.until I see u will be praying.
    ~ Sis Brenda lee Anderson McDavid   Fort pierce, FL
  • Thursday, December 01, 2016
    Our prayers are with you and your family. She fought a great fight and will always be remembered. May God Bless you all.
    ~ LPA Class of 1964   Ft. Pierce, FL
  • Wednesday, November 30, 2016
    The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet there is strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. Psalm 90:10. We wish you and your family our deepest sympathy.
    ~ Bobby and Agnes Brooks   Fort Pierce, FL
  • Thursday, December 01, 2016
    Maxy and Latimer Family, Ms. Dorothy will truly be missed. With our deepest and heartfelt condolences, blessings, love and prayers. May she Rest In Peace.
    ~ Sophia, Jamarkus, Zaria & Markus Holt   Port St. Lucie, FL
  • Thursday, December 01, 2016
    Family~ Life brings tears, smiles and memories. The tears dry, the smiles fade but the memories live on forever. Her lessons taught will live on forever.......
    ~ Wonderful T. & Lois Monds, Sr.   Port Saint Lucie, FL
  • Thursday, December 01, 2016
    A student couldn't ask for a better teacher than you. My wife, Lonnie Jean, attended JCSU and joined AKA. You were a wonderful role model.
    ~ Drs. William & Lonnie Keith   Charlotte, NC
  • Sunday, December 04, 2016
    Sincere condolences to the family and friends during this difficult time. 2 Corinthians 1 : 3,4
    ~ Deborah Ricks Evans   Ft. Pierce
  • Thursday, December 01, 2016
    My thoughts and prayers are with you, Maxy and family. We have precious memories to hold on to.
    ~ Rev. Dr. Frances M. Harris   Port St. Lucie, FL
  • Friday, December 02, 2016
    Am sorry for your family lost my deepest sympathy. May GOD everlasting Love and Peace surround you and your family. Just know a special "Angel" is watching over you. Continue to keep the faith and know God is your comforter. Love you Big Bro and hope to see you soon!
    ~ Jennifer Pope   Miami, FL
  • Friday, December 02, 2016
    Mrs Saunders was a great motivator and inspiration to myself and many others who walked the halls of LPA. She encouraged us to study hard and make something of our lives. My condolences to all family members.
    ~ Michael Wright   Phoenix, AZ