On Thursday evening, August 13, 2020, Miss Dorothy passed away peacefully at home in Las Vegas with her “adopted” son and daughter, Riki Williams and Donna Oteri, by her side.
Born July 23, 1924 in Chicago, Illinois to Theresa Edna (nee Smith) and John William Frazier, Miss Dorothy attended Wendell Phillips Academy and Woodrow Wilson Junior College. Following graduation, she went on to work in the field that would become her career for more than twenty years as Deputy Clerk in the Circuit Court of Cook County.
Miss Dorothy was preceded in death by both her parents, her brother, Rudolph; and, her loving husband of twenty-five years, Eula Wesley Brooks, who was retired from the United States Railroad and passed away in 1980.
In 1990, she relocated to Las Vegas and was employed in Security by the Sands, McCarran International Airport, LVMPD and the New York-New York. However, her greatest joy and accomplishment were her eleven years as an usher for AEG Live at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. It was widely known that Miss Dorothy had a following of her own and it was not uncommon for Colosseum guests to seek out the beloved “Miss Dorothy” to say hello when attending a show. Even Anderson Cooper was so smitten and enamored by her spunk and love of life when they met in 2011 at The Colosseum, he invited her to be interviewed on his show in NYC on 10.26.11. However, this was not Miss Dorothy’s only “brush with stardom” - in the early 1990’s, she appeared as an “extra” in several movies, including “The Flying Dutchman”, “Honey, I blew up the kid”, “Honeymoon in Vegas” and TV shows - “Man of the People” and the “Roseanne” series.
Miss Dorothy’s passion for her work was only rivaled by her wanderlust for the high seas where she enjoyed many memorable cruises to the Bahamas and Caribbean during her lifetime. She also loved music of all genres, be it classical, blues, soul, jazz and everything in between; so, it is easy to understand her favorite “cruisin” was with Jazz Club at Sea. However, there was only one artist at the very top of her list; and, of course, that was Celine Dion.
Miss Dorothy will be deeply missed by many friends across the country; but, especially those who worked with her during her wonderful and fulfilling years at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. For it is there where she met several friends who consistently helped her thru the peaks and valleys of life; of very special mention are….Paul Lott, Eddie Otero, Peggy Hendricks, and Patrick Herbert. She also treasured her lifelong friendship with fellow Chicagoans, Jean and Fannie.
Thank you to the many, many dedicated caregivers who were there for Miss Dorothy in her time of need; particularly, we wish to thank: Virginia Zizka, Gina Jevtic, Lakeia Brown - RN & Case Worker at Southwest Medical Hospice; and, Mr. Ed Kelley, Ms. Coby Abbott and Ms. Jaclyn Mustachio with the State of Nevada, Dept. of Aging and Disability Division. And, last but not least, thank you to AEG Live for all the love and support that was always there over the years for Miss Dorothy.
Graveside services will be held on Friday, August 21 at 10AM at Boulder City Municipal Cemetery, 501 Adams Street, Boulder City, NV 89005. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice.