If you haven’t had a chance to read the article about Dorothea Haines Simpson in the Pacifica Tribune yet, try to find the time.
It’s a wonderful story about Dorothea, born on Valentine's Day, 1913, in St. Peter's Hospital in Helena, Montana, who recently celebrated her 100th birthday in Pacifica at the Pacifica Community Center with Mayor Len Stone and Supervisor Don Horsley in attendance. She’s been a resident of Pacifica since 1948 "before Pacifica was even called 'Pacifica,'" she stated in the Pacifica Tribune article, which was penned by Tribune correspondent Jean Bartlett.
Before her birthday, Dorothea began receiving letters from not only Congresswoman Jackie Speier but also President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. "Dear Dorothea, we wish you the very best on this momentous occasion. You have witnessed great milestones in our Nation's history and your life represents an important part of the American story..."
She also received greetings from former U.S. Presidents and their wives — George W. and Laura Bush, Bill and Hillary Clinton, George H.W. and Barbara Bush, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter. She heard from all five San Mateo County Supervisors — Don Horsley, Dave Pine, Carole Groom, Adrienne Tissier and Warren Slocum, along with personal notes from U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, Governor Jerry Brown, Assemblymember Kevin Mullin, former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer, and former Congressman Pete McCloskey and his wife Helen.
Read more about the centenarian’s life and "extraordinary" birthday celebration in the Pacifica Tribune here.
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