“I feel kind of important. Do you blame me?” That’s how Dorothy Miller, wearing a crown and corsage, summed up how she felt at her 104th birthday party on Feb. 13. Dorothy’s celebration with family, residents and staff at Cerenity Marian featured a beautiful pink cake, pink balloons, live music and dancing. And yes, Dorothy was dancing.
“I used to dance every Friday night in Winona,” says Dorothy, who grew up in that small community in southwest Minnesota. “I met Francis at a dance. Men folks were scarce, so he had to dance some with all the girls, even if they were lousy dancers. But he always danced with me.”
Dorothy and Francis lived in Tintah, Minn., after they were married and then moved to St. Paul, first living in the Midway area and then moving to the East Side. Dorothy, who worked at assorted jobs, retired from the Ramsey County Courthouse. Francis died in 1980, and she moved to Marian in 2008.
Staff enjoys Dorothy’s quick wit and bantering. She offered this advice to them: “Enjoy life, but don’t eat too much!”
To view more photos of Dorothy’s birthday celebration, visit Cerenity’s Facebook page.