Frances Dorch was born in Yonkers, New York on December 30, 1962. She was raised in Yonkers by her parents, Jonathan and Doretha Dorch, with her three siblings, Johnny, Greg and Latasha. In the 11th grade at a vocational school, Career Center, Frances took commercial art and met the love of her life, Roy Robinson. Upon graduating from Gorton High School, she attended the Arts Institute of Pittsburgh then transferred to Westchester Community College to obtain her degree in Fine Arts. In 1986, she married Roy and had her first child, Troy. In 1991, she was blessed with her baby girl, Precious.
She’s always been a visionary, forward-thinker and a natural entrepreneur. She began her entrepreneurial journey in 1990 with her mom. Together they opened “Dortch & Walker Bar-be-que and Grill” on Warburton Avenue in Yonkers. Her entrepreneurial spirit led to the creation of her first solo business, “This-N-That Publications,” a monthly newsletter. Frances published information about local businesses in Westchester County. She had a knack for community building and organizing.
Out of “This-N-That Publications,” she created Creations Inc./Dorobin, a graphic design and photo retouching business. Her clients included Brick House Recording Studios and other local community-based businesses.
In 2004, she obtained her real estate license, which allowed her to continue blazing her entrepreneurial path. She flipped homes and purchased investment properties.
After having children and raising her family with her husband, she became more focused on health. Taking care of her premature daughter sparked her interest in health. In 2014, she earned her health coaching certificate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She was well-known at the downtown Kissimmee Farmer’s Market for selling her tower gardens and pairing them with health coaching sessions.
She was active in her children’s school and extracurricular activities. At her daughter’s elementary school, she started an initiative to teach kids Black history and the principles of Kwanzaa. She spent countless volunteer hours in her son’s Cub Scouts chapter. This led to her founding a new Cub Scouts chapter at her daughter’s school. She understood that young black boys needed to learn leadership skills and engage with mentors. Frances wanted to help fill that void in her community.
Her outgoing and lively spirit helped her excel in the Polk County school system as a substitute teacher. Even though she was a substitute, she had a big impact on her students. One of her students said, “I wish you were my mother, Ms. D.”
Survivors include her parents Jonathan and Doretha; Roy, her husband of 34 years; son Troy; daughter Precious; brothers Johnny and Greg; sister Latasha; brother-in-law Lou; two grandsons, uncles, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
In the words of Frances always, live “healthy, wealthy, and wise.”
Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security. Jeremiah 33:6
Visitations is Friday, November 20, 2020 from 5:00 PM -7 PM at CONRAD AND THOMPSON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES 511 Emmett St Kissimmee, FL 34741. Service is Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 11:00 AM
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