East Side Nursing resident celebrated her 100th birthday Friday
Right from the get-go the reporter knew the woman was going to be full of spunk and sass.
“Who are you?” Dorothy Taylor asked. “Why are you here?”
To help celebrate her 100th birthday, East Side Nursing & Rehabilitation Center (where she is a patient), residents, and family members gathered in the community room in the facility for a slice of birthday cake.
Taylor was born when the United States was three years into World War I – May 12, 1917.
To occupy her time in her youth, Taylor, who grew up in Batavia, took to gardening.
“The gardening looked so bad, so I got out there and worked to make it look better.”
A sprightly spitfire with a devilish smile, she says she used to “go out drinking” – and said so with a mischievous twinkle in her eyes – to pass the time. Her favorite beverage being sloe gin and Coke.
Taylor is the middle of five children – four girls and one boy – however, only she and another sibling are still alive.
She has one child.
“I got it right the first time, I didn’t need any more.”
She graduated high school around 1934-35 – she thinks.
“How am I suppose to remember that?”
While she admits to pink being her favorite color, if you ask her her age, she will tell you she’s 39, clamp her mouth shut and turn away. (She does not like discussing her age.)
She worked at a clothing store called Smart Shop, and was a cafeteria worker for about 20 years at John Kennedy School, Batavia.
Although Dorothy Taylor didn’t really want a big fuss over her birthday, she appeared to have enjoyed the attention, and even got to sit behind the wheel of her family’s screaming yellow, hot rod car.
Editor's note: The photos of Taylor in her family's car were submitted by Eastside Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.