Every birthday is special, but when someone lives through an entire century, that birthday truly is a celebration of life. This past April, Dorothy Maxwell, of Brookdale Assisted Living in Oshkosh, was surrounded by her family, friends, volunteers and caregivers as she celebrated her 100th birthday. Over 80 people, including the red hat society, attended her party which included German chocolate cake…Dorothy’s favorite dessert.
Besides being a loving wife, mother to four children and grandmother to many; Dorothy has been an artist, poet and world traveler. She collects antiques and paints with watercolors. Her pictures are proudly displayed in her room and in the homes of her family and friends. She has also written six poetry books.
“Dorothy is a beaming ray of sunshine that brightens my every visit!” said Deb Miller, Heartland Hospice Aide. “I am blessed to have her as my patient and my friend.” Deb, who has been a caregiver to Dorothy for the past several months, said that Dorothy has a great sense of humor and a wonderful laugh. In fact, when asked what the secret to her long life is, Dorothy chuckled and said, “I laughed!”