Dorothy Ziyahdah Muhammad, 88, aka Dorothy Elmyra Singleton, passed away on the morning of March 1, 2022, after a short fight with Covid-19. Dorothy transitioned peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family. Dorothy was preceded in death by her Parents Leon (1967) and Pearl (Thomas) Sealy (1992), her husband Shabazz Muhammad, aka Edgar M Singleton (June 13, 1983) and daughter Olga Olowolafe (2015). Dorothy is survived by Olga E Sealy (sister), Ragode Singleton (son), Noel Novarra (son), Hajile Mitchel (son), Banar Singleton (son), Aquan Singleton (son), Nusun Singleton (son), Vizier Singleton (son), Shabazz Novarra (son), Quintessence Muhammad (daughter), and many beloved grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, and friends.
Born Dorothy Elmyra Sealy on June 13, 1933, to Leon and Pearl Sealy, of Boston Massachusetts, she attended and graduated from Roxbury Memorial High School for girls in 1950. Dorothy furthered her education at Lake Michigan College. Dorothy would meet and later marry Edgar M Singleton (US Navy-Korea) on March 10th, 1955. From that union would come ten children.
The family settled in Chicago, IL in 1955 before moving to South Haven, MI in 1968. Dorothy was a partner in Shabazz Enterprises where she held many administrative roles including accountant, daycare principal, real estate, landlord and automotive sales. Dorothy had a passion for sewing, clothing design, theater acting and the culinary arts. She was an outstanding seamstress and cook. Dorothy would become well known for her sewing skills and would run her own upholstery business. In addition to upholstery services, she also provided catering for special events. If that were not enough Dorothy also worked in the health care industry for years as a Nursing Assistant, Hospice care, and private duty CNA. In her own right, Dorothy was a doctor, professor, accountant, chef, entrepreneur, farmer, gardener, and domestic goddess. This is evident in her children who possess the knowledge and talent she bestowed.
She has left a profound legacy that goes beyond measure and will sustain for generations to come. Dorothy will forever be cherished and deeply missed by her loving family and friends whom she continues to touch and inspire.
A Memorial Visitation will be held Saturday April 23, 2022 from 10 a.m. until the time of the Memorial Service at 11a.m, at Filbrandt Chapel, 1076 S. Bailey Ave. South Haven, MI 49090. Celebration of life will be held outside on July 4, 2022, at the family home 266 63rd street, South Haven, MI 49090. To view Dorothy’s personal webpage please visit www.starksfamilyfuneralhomes.com . Arrangements are entrusted to Filbrandt Chapel-Starks Family Funeral Homes and Cremation Services.
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Sorry to hear about your Mom. It’s so hard to lose a parent. My condolences for all of you.
Betty, Thank you
My deepest condolences to all her family and friends who loved her deeply. Rest In Peace Dorthy.
Vanessa and Tony Davis
Our prayers for comfort and peace are with the Singleton/Muhammad family. To my dear friend Aquan, you are in my thoughts.
May God lift your heart as you remember your mom with love.
Vanessa and Tony
My condolences for the family. A woman I met and admired from first meeting. Her vibrant beautiful smile, her loving receptive personality and her boasting spirit will be missed by everyone who has known or met her. She was one of those people that just leaves an imprint. Her presences was power. I grieve your loss because your loss is so grand but a soul a spirit like Mother’s (Mrs.Singleton/Mohammad) will be forever present in her children and all that she has touched. Praises to a Powerful Phenomenal Woman may Peace Inspire your rest and Rest grant you Peace
So sorry to hear about Dorothy. Sending prayers and deepest sympathies to the family and friends of this most special woman.
Such a beautiful human. I always remembered how radiant her smile and “glow” was any time her children were near. Visiting her at her South Haven home was always an honor and pure joy! Thank you for sharing your beautiful mother with me. I will not forget her!
As Salaam Alaikum. May peace and blessings be upon your mother and the Muhammad/ Singleton family. So sorry to hear of the lost. Had wanted to attend the memorial service but could not get away at this time. I last visited your mother in 2016. She knew me as soon as I pulled up. Your dad ( Edgar/ Shabazz ) and Ms.Muhammad were inspirational to me. Again may God bless her into the gates of heaven.