Obituary of Delores Ann Frye
Delores Ann Frye
Highly-principled, tenacious, humanitarian...
wife and homemaker, mother and grandmother
sister, community activist, entrepreneur
From Columbia, South Carolina to Washington, D.C. to Reston, Virginia...
Delores Ann Smith was born to Jennie Lee Mozie Smith and Brazil Everett Smith Sr on Tuesday, December 31, 1940... their first daughter. On Tuesday, March 22, 2022, Delores entered eternal life after a full and vibrant earthly existence.
At an early age, Delores moved with family from
After high school, Delores excelled as a clerk-stenographer with the Agency for International Development and as a U.S. Peace Corps administrative assistant.
In 1963, Delores married and joined the
Delores also became a community activist. She was a member of the Metropolitan Washington Planning and Housing Association,
Delores and her husband purchased their first home, in northwest D.C. in a majority-white neighborhood. Since many areas were still segregated, the President of their community's homeowners association arranged a police escort on moving day to ensure their safety- due to bomb threats. In 1966, Delores and her family moved from
Delores took great pride in caring for her family as well as finding a way to manage her many activities outside the home, whether in her professional or community life. She was also an avid gardener and horticulturist. She took great pride in maintaining her lawn and looked forward to the onset of Spring and her blooming azaleas, of which she was always so proud.
Delores served as the initial church secretary at the
Delores enjoyed supporting
Delores received three state appointments. In 1985, Governor Charles S. Robb appointed her to the Education Block Grants Advisory Committee, a three-year term. In 1986, Attorney General Mary Sue Terry appointed her to the Advisory Committee on Drug Initiatives, and in 1987, Governor Gerald L. Baliles appointed her to the Commission to Study Historic Preservation. Delores also served as a volunteer for the President Clinton-Gore Transition Team, worked in the White House Complex beginning in January 1993, and received a Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding service and hard work in the correspondence department.
While Delores contributed a great deal to her community and political work, she was a mother first. She volunteered in her children’s schools and ensured they grew up with a sense of their African American culture and heritage. She participated in volunteer aide programs at Lake Anne Elementary and Haycock Elementary Schools, helped with homework, attended teacher conferences, and made sure her son and daughter arrived to trumpet and violin lessons, and band and orchestra practices on time. As a charter member of the Reston, VA Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., she encouraged her children to participate in the organization’s activities such as children-led business meetings, Black History Month activities, community service projects, overnight teen conventions and ski trips with other Mid-Atlantic Jack and Jill chapters, Reston Chapter youth parties, and the annual cotillion.
Delores enjoyed welcoming new families into the
Delores had been an early fighter for housing justice while living in the
After obtaining her broker’s license, in 1975, Delores became the first Black woman in Northern Virginia to establish her own real estate company, Delores A. Frye Real Estate Inc, located on Lake Anne Plaza in Reston, VA. Lieutenant Governor Chuck Robb, Chairperson Martha Pennino of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, and Delegate Raymond Vickery of the Virginia House of Delegates attended her grand opening ceremony in March 1979. In 1987, the Martin Luther King Jr Christian Church,
Delores lived and owned property in
Delores is survived by her children: Robert E. Frye Jr (Yvette Curry) of Sterling, VA and Amanda I. Frye, PhD., of San Luis Obispo, California; four grandchildren: Nadezhda Frye Leinhos, Robert E. Frye III, Mireille Frye Leinhos, and Lorelei Frye Leinhos. Other survivors include her sisters Jacqueline F. Petty, Sandra A. (Robert L., PhD) Howard, PhD., and Vivian Saulters; brothers COL (Ret.) Arnold Smith Sr, LTC (Ret.) Ronald (Yvonne) Smith Sr, and David (Angie) D. Smith Sr. Delores is also survived by scores of other relatives and friends, including church members, neighbors, and caregivers.
Delores was preceded in death by her parents, Jennie Lee Mozie Smith and Brazil Everett Smith Sr; two sisters, Betty Jean Smith Booker, PhD, and Cordelia Harris; and two brothers, SFC Brazil Everette Smith Jr, U. S. Army, and MSG James Rodney Smith, U. S. Air Force.
The family asks that donations be made to the Team page of Great Falls Assisted Living: Memory Care Community for the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's