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By Bev Odom/The Red River Sun—
WELLINGTON — Dorothy Gibbs Byers celebrated her 102nd birthday at 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 with drive-by birthday greetings from friends and family at Parkview Manor Assisted Living. Following the parade and photos, Dorothy enjoyed cake and ice cream with her family.
Dorothy was born Sept. 12, 1918 to John H. and Minnie Bachelor Gibbs near San Jon, N.M. on the family farm. She met and married Rodell John Byers Aug. 12, 1939 in Collingsworth County.
The couple have one daughter, Marilyn LoRhae Byers Davis. Born April 7, 1948 in Wellington, she is married to Eddie Davis.
For 33 years, Dorothy’s husband farmed. She not only kept the household in order but helped him farm, too. She and Rodell moved to town in 1985where he worked as maintenance supervisor for Collingsworth General Hospital until his death July 25, 1998.
Dorothy spent her time cooking, baking, sewing, completing needlework projects and babysitting.
In fact, Dorothy spent most of her years babysitting her grandchildren, Dell Davis, Gina Davis Harris and the late Branden Davis who died in 1976, and her great grandchildren, Jessica Kruger Green, Matt Davis, Rhae Jones and Royce Harris.
Great-great granddaughter Kollins Jones has tried to adapt to visits through Dorothy’s window during the recent six-month COVID-19 pandemic.
Dorothy served many years as a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Wellington.