Doris Fillyau, of Georgetown, DE, affectionately known as "Mom Doris" was born in Lewes DE on January 1, 1935 to the late Cora Waples Waters and Purlis Cottman. She was raised by her grandparents, Gentsie Lee Cottman and George Cottman. She departed this life while surrounded by her family, on Friday September 25th at Beebe Healthcare following a brief illness. She was 85 years old.
She attended William C. Jason High School. Throughout the years she was employed at Beebe Hospital where she was a nurse's aid, First State Community Action, and the Georgetown Cheer Center. Doris was a member of the First Millsboro Seventh Day Adventist Church where she was baptized. She spent a lot of time studying her Bible and Sabbath School lessons. She enjoyed listening to audio sermons, listening to spirituals, watching westerns and looking out of the window to see everyone's coming and goings.
Doris loved her family. She was a true Matriarch. She watched over and advocated for the entire family. She looked forward to visits and phone calls from her children, grandchildren and church family. She was known for her quick wit and beautiful smile. She was a pillar in her community at the Georgetown Apartments where she resided since 1981. She was lovingly known to everyone as "Mom Doris". Her door was always open. She enjoyed helping the less fortunate. Nobody was a stranger to her. She showed God's unconditional love to everyone she met. Doris was loved and respected by many.
In addition to her parents and grandparents, she was proceeded in death by her husband Bill Henry Fillyau Sr., sister Ann Waples and special friend Christina Green. She leaves to cherish fond memories six children Bill Fillyau (Norma) of Selbyville DE; Roma Fillyau of Georgetown DE; Clayton Fillyau (Samette) of Millsboro DE; Angela Muhammad-Bey (Abdul) of Seaford DE; Purlis Fillyau (Lowkeysha) of Lincoln DE; and Neena Handy (Terry)of Seaford DE; one brother Bishop Ralph Harmon of Magnolia DE; grandchildren Tanya Fillyau, April Fillyau, Keyonia Cook, Ebany Fillyau, Timothy Morris, Isaiah Fillyau, Devonn Harmon, Dionne Harmon , Clayton Ricketts ,Tomika Long-King, Khadijah Fillyau, Terron Handy, Terry Handy Jr., Rosalyn Ricketts; a host of great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, neices, nephews, cousins, friends and two very special friends, Eunice Oliver and Jane Harris.
She will be sorely missed. Her legacy will live on within us.
A funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM on Sunday, October 4, 2020 at the St. John 2nd Baptist Church, 26602 Mt. Joy Rd., Millsboro, DE 19966. Interment will follow at the Millsboro Seventh Day Adventist Cemetery, 30007 Cordrey Rd., Millsboro, DE 19966. Funeral arrangements conducted by Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro, DE.
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