Dorsan Carey was born June 11, 1955, in Strong, AR, to Calvin Hicks and
She was the 4th child born of 8 children. The family relocated to Los
Angeles, CA when
Dorsan was at the tender age of 3 years old.
Dorsan attended John C. Fremont High School and continued her education at Los Angeles Trade Technical College.
As a teen, she received her first job with the CETA (Comprehensive Employment and Training Act) Program in conjunction with WLCAC (Watts Labor Community Action Committee). She was so excited to work for the program and learned to buy things for herself since she had her own money. When she received poor customer service: She would say, "Boy, them CETA workers," but she, in fact, was an excellent CETA Worker; she would get picked for the program every year.
She accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Eddie Ray Thomas. She became a member of Greater Philadelphia Missionary Baptist Church under Rev. George Hall then later Pastor Roy L. Johnson. Dorsan enjoyed being of service at church, and she loved to worship God, especially in singing. Dorsan was appointed a deaconess and accepted the responsibility with grace.
Dorsan started working for ABC Grocery Market. It is now known as Ralph's Market. She was employed with them for 18 years. Dorsan went to the Police Academy and earned her certification as a Detention Officer in 1984. She worked at various police stations in the San Fernando Valley area. While maintaining both jobs as a Detention Officer at the City of Los Angeles and a Store Clerk at Ralphs Market, she was soon promoted to Senior Detention Officer at the City of Los Angeles. At that time, she decided to give her full attention to her newly appointed position with the City of Los Angeles. Dorsan retired in 2013 from the police force with 29 years of service.
She met Tony Carey at LA Trade Technical College, and he asked, "Can I get five minutes of your time?" From the 5 minutes of her time, it progressed to marriage. Out of this union was born their four daughters.
Dorsan lived a humble life, always modest and always quick-witted with a scripture. She always had something positive to say regarding anything negative. She loved to travel, spend time with family, and she loved to fellowship with God. Dorsan's hobby after retirement was in Real Estate. She received her real estate license and hit the ground running. She loved to sing, laugh, and one of her favorite sayings was "We Rollin," which means it's time to go hit the road.
She was preceded in death by her father Calvin Hicks, her mother Dorothy Hicks, her brother Carl Jerry Hicks, her sisters: Juanita Hicks, Annie Mangar, and Pamela Hicks. She leaves to cherish her memory, 4 daughters: Toni Trinese, Dortonya Babette, Latasha Felishe and Keesha Lynette Carey; 8 grandchildren: Trebreh, Anella, Jessica, Jenesse, Marcus, Antwon, Marqwon, and Daniel; 4 great-grandchildren, 3 sisters: Ora Dean Owens (Joe), Clora Jean Hicks, and Debra Ann Weatherall (Michael) and her one and only uncle, Edward Lee Hicks. She also is survived by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
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