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Flora B. De Tiege

February 19, 2024

Flora De Tiege Obituary

                                              

Flora Bishop De Tiege, the second twin girl born to late Rev. Thomas Bishop and Cora Brown Bishop began life on April 6, 1924, in Sayreton, Alabama.  She would be the second oldest of eight children, their sister Rosa Lee died as an infant from rheumatic fever.  The remaining seven Bishop children (Lola, Flora, Bell, Gwen, Martin, Elwood and Rose) were a lively group known in their community due to their unique personalities – Flora was observant, the quiet one with the adorable smile.

Parker High School, located in Birmingham, Alabama, is where Flora excelled in typing, shorthand and organization.  This premiere high school for African Americans had a stellar reputation and was known for its rigorous advanced courses and vocation programs.  With her diploma in hand, Flora’s skills would eventually take her to Washington, DC in 1944.  During World War II there was a demand for clerical, production jobs and female workers.  She applied for and secured a clerical position with the Department of The Army. 

Flora was a woman of great faith and began her Christian walk as a child.  As adults the siblings reflecting on growing up in Sayreton would laugh at having to attend two church services on Sunday, the Methodist Church their mother attended and the Baptist church where their father served as pastor.  During her twenties Flora converted to Catholicism and remain a faithful woman of God devoted to the teachings of Jesus throughout her life.

After the war Flora stayed in Washington and later work for the Defense Department as a secretary.  While living and working in D.C., Flora met the love of her life Maurice DeTiege, a fine Catholic gentleman who also happened to be from Alabama.  Maurice and Flora married in 1960, and from their union were born two children Bernadette and Anthony fondly called Tony by family and friends.  Flora left the work force to manage the household and rear her children.  She loved being a mother volunteering at their church school Nativity.

Gardening gave Flora additional pleasure.  She had a green thumb and could grow both vegetables and flowers that would rival the produce sold in commercial stores in the region. From yard to table her greens were a gift from heaven tasty, fresh and coveted by family and friends.  Flora’s front and back yards boast the most beautiful flowers in the neighborhood.  Her interests in color and texture kept her perusing the garden centers and magazines for annuals and perennials that would pop with color.  Flora was fond of Azaleas, Begonia, and Petunia, just to name a few. Flora talents were not limited to a growing and cooking, she could knit.  She could knit anything from baby booties and blanket sets, sweaters, Afghans, shawls, dresses to even coats.  There was no pattern that Flora could not master.

Outdoors is where Flora preferred to be.  Most morning you could find Flora hitting tennis balls and playing sets with friends.  She was an avid tennis player and worked for many years volunteering at the annual tennis tournaments at the Carter Baron and around DC.  She was a member of the Washington Tennis Association.  Another outdoor activity was being on the water socializing with friends on their boats.  Boating gave Flora joy and she especially found the waterways in the D.C, region relaxing and scenic.

Flora found peace listening to country music embracing her southern roots.  Her favorite country singer was Charlie Pride and the song she especially liked was “Kiss an Angel Good Morning.”

Flora is preceded in death by her son, Anthony “Tony”, parents, Rev. Delaware Thomas Bishop and Cora (Brown) Bishop, and siblings: Lola Barbera, Ora Bell Austin, Gwendolyn Sellers, Martin Bishop, Elwood Bishop and Richie Rose Woods.

 Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 65 years Maurice De Tiege, daughter Bernadette (Rob) Dickerson, two grandchildren Jordan De Tiege, and DeTiege Dickerson, daughter-in-law Stephanie De Tiege and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

In lieu of flowers, contributions should be made to Nativity Church; https://nativitychurch.net .

 

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Services

Visitation
Thursday
March 7, 2024

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
The Church of the Nativity
6001 - 13th Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20011

Mass of Christian Burial
Thursday
March 7, 2024

10:00 AM
The Church of the Nativity
6001 - 13th Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20011

Interment following Mass of Christian Burial
Thursday
March 7, 2024

Gate of Heaven Cemetery
13801 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20906

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