Turning 100 is not an easy feat, and it does not happen often! One of Denton Senior Center's own, Ms. Dorothy Webb, will be 100 years old on November 9. She was born in Dallas in an old country home one century ago. She chuckled as she rattled off her childhood home address. 5304 Maple Avenue.
Ms. Webb worked for Boeing Aircraft for 36 years as an engineer. When asked what she did at Boeing, she said,
"When anybody would make a mess installing something, I was the fixer."
Dorothy is not afraid of putting in hard work! Dorothy and her late husband have one son, two grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Dorothy returned to Denton in 1997 and has been coming to the Denton Senior Center ever since. She was 76 when she returned to Denton and did not have any family near. The friends she has made at the senior center have become her family over the last few decades.
When asked what activities Dorothy has participated in over the years, she stated, "I've done it all, and I would do it again!" Specifically, she loved to make cards for the patients in local hospitals, exercise in the Stretch 'N Tone class, and travel. Dorothy has been all over Canada, Mexico and frequented Hawaii while her son was stationed there.
Dorothy is rarely at home and finds joy in staying busy. If she isn't exercising at the senior center, she can be found mowing the yard, patching fences, or building things. Dorothy makes it a point to walk her dog, Heidi, a feisty long-haired chihuahua, every day.
Dorothy was asked what the secret to living to 100 was. As she shrugged her shoulders, her response was,
"Just stay busy. Work hard and do what you have to do. Be kind to others, and they will be kind to you."
Happy 100th Birthday, Dorothy!